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


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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”


filmmaker 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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