Let’s take a second to reflect. When was the last time you heard a positive headline about our oceans? We seem to be constantly bombarded with doom and gloom news. Another oil spill happened off of the coast of somewhere awesome and is killing wildlife; shark numbers are in steep decline and entire ecosystems have collapsed; microplastics have reached the most remote parts of the ocean… The list goes on and on and on. Eventually, the constant negativity begins to weigh on us and our guilt becomes so strong that sushi date becomes less appealing. You think to yourself, “Am I contributing to the problem? Where did this fish come from? Is there a way for me to use my buying power to protect our blue planet?”
Yes, my good friend, there is. And it entails supporting sustainable fisheries. How do you go about that, you ask? Luckily, you are about to find out!
Today I’m chatting with Tiare Boyes. Tiare is a commercial fisherman, professional diver, underwater filmmaker, and artist. Tiare grew up on the coast of Vancouver, British Colombia in a fishing family, and I promise you that few people outside of her field understand ethical fishing better than she does. She’s been on the water pretty much since the day she was born. We dive deep (no pun intended) into her story, her love of underwater filmmaking and photography, gender gaps in the fishing industry, how she uses art to spread ocean conservation awareness, and what we all can do to help our seas.
Alright, everyone. Here is my conversation with Tiare:
Key Takeaways & Highlights
🎣 Tiare’s childhood growing up on the waters of Vancouver Island, British Columbia
🎣 How all of the children in her community were encouraged to be on the water, regardless of gender
🎣 What is sustainable fishing?
🎣 When Tiare had to the idea to use marine debris (buoys) as an art canvas and spread ocean conservation awareness
🎣 No two fisheries are the same and that sustainable solutions vary fishery to fishery
🎣 What we all can do to help our seas
Links & Resources
Tiare Buoys: https://tiarebuoys.com/
Organizations Mentioned in the Episode:
Marine Stewardship Council: https://www.msc.org/en-us
Monterey Bay Seafood Watch: https://www.seafoodwatch.org/
My Octopus Teacher: https://www.netflix.com/title/81045007
Dive with Octopuses and Eels in 360 3D! | Our Blue PlanetVR: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N2lNelDyQbI
Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World–and Why Things Are Better Than You Think by Hans Rosling: https://www.amazon.com/Factfulness-Reasons-World-Things-Better/dp/1250123828/ref=sr_1_1?crid=OIXZUFIQ7CJX&dchild=1&keywords=factfulness&qid=1634045660&s=books&sr=1-1
You can reach Tiare by messaging her on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tiarebuoys/
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