Category Archives: Environment

Sea of Change: Sharks and Pirates

Image by Kathy Xu

When we think about issues on the high seas – like shark hunting or piracy,  it’s easy to think of deterrence and enforcement of key means to address these.

However, innovative individuals have tried to tackle this from a unique angle and sought instead to engage these communities instead to dissuade them away from their usual vice. For example, the Dorsal Effect is an initiative to engage shark fishermen in an alternative source of livelihood so that they can stop hunting shark, while the Kiyoshi Kimura, the chairman of Kiyomura, a famous sushi restaurant chain , frequently visits Somalia in East Africa to teach the people literally ‘how to fish’ and steer them away from resorting to piracy.

So the next time you come across problems often dealt with by enforcement, you might want to see if these individuals could instead be more productively engaged in order to better address the problem.