Falmouth, MA 02540
Join the Sea Education Association (SEA) and Dr. Russell Fielding, assistant professor at University of the South, for the first talk in SEA’s 2019 winter/spring lecture series!
In the Faroe Islands and St. Vincent & the Grenadines, people hunt pilot whales and other dolphins to produce food for human consumption. This talk describes whaling activities and cultures in both locations, explores the histories of whaling in these places and worldwide, and addresses the idea of “culturally embedded conservation strategies” – the largely unwritten body of customary rules that develops gradually, through processes of cultural adaptation to a local natural environment, and performs a regulatory function in the context of natural resource use and conservation. Newly emerged environmental crises, however, threaten to surpass the ability of these conservation strategies and may even lead to the end of these traditional methods of subsistence.
Light refreshments will be served.