In this edition of Wilson Center NOW, we speak with David Balton, Senior Fellow with Wilson Center’s Polar Initiative, about the strains climate change and overfishing are having on global fisheries.  How extensive is the problem and what are nations doing to combat this increasing stress on the world’s oceans?

Note: Ambassador Balton recently testified before Congress on the topic. You can watch or read his testimony here: https://www.wilsoncenter.org/article/fish-fights-david-balton-testifies-the-senate-committee-commerce-science-and-transportation

Guest

David Balton served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Oceans and Fisheries in the Department of State, attaining the rank of Ambassador in 2006. He coordinated U.S. foreign policy concerning oceans and fisheries, as well as issues relating to the Arctic and Antarctica, and oversaw U.S. participation in international organizations dealing with these issues. Ambassador Balton functioned as the lead U.S. negotiator on a wide range of agreements and chaired numerous international meetings. During the U.S. Chairmanship of the Arctic Council (2015-2017), he served as Chair of the Senior Arctic Officials. His also co-chaired Arctic Council Task Forces that produced the 2011 Arctic Search and Rescue Agreement and the 2013 Arctic Oil Pollution Agreement. He separately chaired negotiations to produce an Arctic fisheries agreement. Ambassador Balton received an A.B. from Harvard College and a J.D. from Georgetown University. He appeared with the National Symphony Orchestra (juggling oranges).

Moderator

John Milewski is the executive producer and managing editor of Wilson Center NOW and also serves as director of Wilson Center ON DEMAND digital programming.