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NewsGene Ammarell Presents: "Where Have all the Fish Gone?"

Marlboro, VT-Gene Ammarell, Director of Southeast Asian Studies at Ohio University, will be giving a talk, Where Have all the Fish Gone?: Notes on the struggle over livelihoods and the environment on an Indonesian atoll, on Wednesday, December 12th at 4:00PM in Marlboro College’s Apple Tree building.

In the last two decades, the practices of blast fishing and the use of potassium cyanide to harvest fish for commercial purposes has grown exponentially across island Southeast Asia. This has severely impacted the sustainability of fisheries and the livelihoods of local fishers and their families. 

In this talk, Ammarell will focus on local responses to this problem. He has carried out ethnographic research on the Balobaloang Island in South Sulawesi, Indonesia, for 20 years.  Not content with the role of “detached observer,” Ammarell recruited several graduate students to work with him to engage with local fishers and others to halt the destruction of the reef and fishery.

The talk will include a description of local fishing practices, the apparently intractable nature of the problem of habitat destruction and loss of livelihood, and a critical analysis of the ways in which he and his students have attempted to engage with villagers to combat the destruction of the local fishery.

Admission to this talk is free and open to the public.

For more details, contact the Marlboro College Public Relations Department at (802) 251-7644, or log on to our Web site and click on the “News” link.

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