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Welcome to Silver Donald Cameron’s blog! Dr Cameron is the author of 19 books and of many plays, films, magazine articles, radio and TV scripts. He is currently the host and executive producer of TheGreeninterview.com and of its feature documentary, Green Rights: The Human Right to a Healthy World. In 2019, he was appointed the first Farley Mowat Chair in Environment at Cape Breton University, where he earlier served as professor, dean and writer-in-residence. He currently teaches an on-campus/online course called Green Rights.

New Green Interview: Ocean Scientist Boris Worm

Boris Worm – our newest Green Interview — is a happy man. As a distinguished ocean scientist — a professor of marine biology at Dalhousie University — Boris Worm is constantly exploring the world’s oceans, working with students who share his interests, and talking about his passion for the ocean on CBC Radio.

SHOCKING THE WORLD

Portrait of Dr. Boris Worm

Ocean scientist Boris Worm

But he has a history of shocking the world. In 2003, he co-authored a research paper showing that the populations of the world’s large predatory fish, like tuna, cod, salmon, sharks, sword fish and the like, had declined by 90 percent since the beginning of industrial fishing about 50 years ago. Three years later he and his wife Heike Lotze, and others, published what he calls “the crazy paper. ” That paper predicted the global collapse by 2048 of all the species currently commercially fished, everywhere in the world. It caused a storm of controversy.

“REMARKABLY HOPEFUL”

For all that, he’s remarkably hopeful about the future of the oceans. He knows we can change course because he’s seen us do it. For instance, we’ve protected whales successfully for half a century. He points to the rapid growth of Marine Protected Areas. As an ocean scientist, he’s heartened by new conservation technologies like the satellite tracking of deep-sea fishing vessels, which severely limits what lawless captains can get away with. He works hard to spread “ocean literacy” through such initiatives as “Ocean School,” a unique partnership between Worm’s lab at Dalhousie and the National Film Board of Canada. 

“Our planet is run by the ocean and by its creatures,” says Dr. Worm. “That’s just a very fundamental thing we need to understand, not just in this country, but everywhere.”

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