Climate change contributes to rising seas, plus more frequent and severe storms, with a strong impact on fisheries in coastal North Carolina on which commercial and recreational fishing rely. The "Changing Tides" series examines the changes from the perspectives of scientists, regulators and people whose livelihoods depend on the seas, examining divided opinions, best practices and potential public policy and regulatory shifts that could improve outlooks. This companion event featured a panel of experts discussing the issues of erratic weather's effects on coastal communities and livelihoods as well as solutions to the problems that arise from climate change and man made environmental damage.

This exciting panel included:

Ryan Bethea

The North Carolina coast holds a bounty of fresh seafood. Ryan Bethea gave up teaching to become one of North Carolina's oyster farmers, using science to raise award-winning oysters on Harkers Island; five acres of estuary he leases from the state; because he wanted to make a difference in providing fresh and local seafood.

Leda Cunningham

Leda Cunningham leads the Pew Charitable Trust’s work in U.S. Atlantic waters to protect and restore ocean resources and coastal habitats, including seagrass and oysters, and to ensure sustainable fishing policies. She is based in Morehead City, North Carolina.

Jack Igelman

Jack Igelman is a reporter with a master’s degree from Montana State University, where he studied natural resource economics. His main interest is in conservation and environmental stories that on the people, places and institutions involved with managing the state’s natural resources.

Sara Mirabilio

Sara Mirabilio is a Fisheries Extension Specialist at North Carolina Sea Grant, whose work includes cooperative research with, and providing technical training to, North Carolina’s commercial, for-hire and recreational fishermen.

Malin Pinsky

Malin Pinsky is an Associate Professor at Rutgers University (New Jersey, USA) in the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources, a member of the Institute of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences, and an affiliate in the Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences.

Queen Quet, Marquetta L. Goodwine,

Queen Quet, Chieftess and Head-of-State for the Gullah/Geechee Nation, is a published author, computer scientist, lecturer, preservationist and environmental justice advocate is the founder of the premiere advocacy organization for the continuation of Gullah/Geechee culture, the Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition.

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