Public Lecture to Address Traditional Whaling and Conservation in Caribbean and North Atlantic

Sea Education Association on February 3rd

Sea Education Association (SEA) will host a public lecture, “The Wake of the Whale: Human and Environmental Implications of Whaling in the Caribbean and North Atlantic,” on Sunday, February 3rd, at 2 pm.  Dr. Russell Fielding, assistant professor at University of the South, will deliver the lecture, the first of our winter/spring 2019 series. The lecture will be held at the James. L. Madden Center Lecture Hall, Sea Education Association, 171 Woods Hole Road, Falmouth. It is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.


About the Lecture

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.


About the Lecturer

Russell Fielding is an environmental geographer and an assistant professor of environmental studies at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, USA. He has studied artisanal whaling traditions throughout the Atlantic since 2005 at field sites in the Faroe Islands, Newfoundland, and St. Vincent. 


About Sea Education Association/SEA Semester®

Sea Education Association (SEA) is an internationally recognized leader in undergraduate ocean education. For more than 45 years and with more than one million nautical miles sailed, SEA has educated students about the world’s oceans through its Boston University accredited study abroad program, SEA Semester. SEA/SEA Semester is based on Cape Cod in the oceanographic research community of Woods Hole, Massachusetts and has two research vessels: the SSV Corwith Cramer, operating in the Atlantic Ocean, and the SSV Robert C. Seamans, operating in the Pacific. In 2016, SEA was honored with the National Science Board’s Public Service Award for its role in promoting the public understanding of science and engineering. welcomes thoughtful comments and the varied opinions of our readers. We are in no way obligated to post or allow comments that our moderators deem inappropriate. We reserve the right to delete comments we perceive as profane, vulgar, threatening, offensive, racially-biased, homophobic, slanderous, hateful or just plain rude. Commenters may not attack or insult other commenters, readers or writers. Commenters who persist in posting inappropriate comments will be banned from commenting on