E360 Video Contest Award Winner
Uncharted Waters: An Uncertain Future
For Dungeness Crabs on U.S. West Coast
Dungeness crab is one of the most valuable commercial fisheries on the U.S. West Coast, worth nearly $170 million in Washington, Oregon, and California in 2014. These crabs are also a vital part of the region’s marine food web, their larvae serving as prey for numerous fish species.
But as acidifying waters alter the chemistry of the world’s oceans, scientists and fishermen are just beginning to understand how this economically, culturally, and ecologically important species will be impacted.
The five-minute video “High Hopes: The Future of the Dungeness Crab” — winner of the 2016 Yale Environment 360
Video Contest — focuses on California fishermen reliant on the species for their livelihoods. Filmmakers Benjamin Drummond and Sara Joy Steele also visit a lab operated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration where researchers are studying how the vulnerable species will fare as oceans become more acidic due to global warming.
“If crabs were to disappear from the picture, it would be the end of my fishing career at this point,” said John Mellor, a fisherman in San Francisco. “I think a lot of other fishermen on the West Coast would be in the same boat. You’d see a mass die-off of the industry.”
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18 August 2016
About the contest: “High Hopes: The Future of the Dungeness Crab” is the winner of the 2016 Yale Environment 360 Video Contest. Entries were received from five continents, with a prize of $2,000 going to the first-place winner. Below are the runners-up in this year’s contest.
Watch the first runner-up, “Ashaninka: The Fight for Trees and Rights”
Watch the second runner-up, “After Denial”
Watch the third runner-up, “Chocolate in the Jungle”
ABOUT THE FILMMAKER
As a documentary team, Benjamin Drummond
and Sara Joy Steele
tell stories at the intersection of art, science and the natural world. Recent clients include the Ocean Conservancy, Conservation International and the Ecological Society of America. Their films have been featured by Mountainfilm in Telluride and the Wild and Scenic Film Festival, they serve on the advisory board of Blue Earth and Benj is a fellow with the International League of Conservation Photographers.
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An Amazon Tribe’s Deadly Fight
To Save Its Land From Logging
The first runner-up in the 2016 Yale Environment 360 Video Contest tells the story of one Amazon tribe’s efforts to protect its ancestral lands in Peru as timber interests torch native villages and assassinate the chief of the once-remote jungle clan.
After Denial: How People React to
The Hard Reality of Climate Change
The second runner-up in the 2016 Yale Environment 360 Video Contest explores all of the ways people react to information about climate change. The film visits protests in New York City, United Nations climate negotiations, climate group therapy in England, and the Dark Mountain Project, an artist workshop in Sweden.
Chocolate in the Jungle: The Battle
To Save a Disappearing Rainforest
The third runner-up in the 2016 Yale Environment 360 Video Contest tells the story of a small group of Ecuadorians working to preserve remnants of South America’s ecologically rich Chocó Rainforest by sustainably farming cacao.
Bitter Wind: A Town Divided Over
A Controversial Maine Wind Farm
The winning entry in the 2015 Yale Environment 360 Video Contest explores the competing economic interests and sharply divergent worldviews that emerge over plans to erect wind turbines on a scenic ridgeline in Maine. Videographer Roger Smith captures both sides of a debate that divides a rural New England community.
An Up-Close View of Bristol Bay’s
Astonishing Sockeye Salmon Runs
The first runner-up in the 2015 Yale Environment 360 Video Contest captures stunning images of the abundant sockeye salmon runs in Bristol Bay, Alaska, and tells the story of a 70-year-old project that has been studying the millions of salmon that annually pour into the region’s rivers to spawn.
How One African Village Learned
To Live with Its Wildlife and Prosper
The second runner-up in the 2015 Yale Environment 360 Video Contest tells the story of the residents of a forest village in central Mozambique who have helped create a tourist destination centered on an elephant population that once wreaked havoc in their community.
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A look at how acidifying oceans could threaten the Dungeness crab, one of the most valuable fisheries on the U.S. West Coast. Watch the video.
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An aerial view of why Europe’s per capita carbon emissions are less than 50 percent of those in the U.S. View the photos.
An indigenous tribe’s deadly fight to save its ancestral land in the Amazon rainforest from logging. Learn more.
video series looks at the staggering amount of food wasted in the U.S. – a problem with major human and environmental costs. Watch the video.
Residents of the Chocó Rainforest in Ecuador are choosing to plant cacao over logging in an effort to slow deforestation.
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Tribal people and ranchers join together to stop a project that would haul coal across their Montana land. Watch the video.