The Camden Conference and Rockland Public Library will present Ret Talbot in a Zoom presentation Sept. 3 at 6:30 p.m. He will be discussing “Melting Ice, Vanishing Fish — How Climate Change in the Arctic is Affecting Maine’s Fishery.”

As the once well-established borders between the Arctic, Atlantic and Pacific oceans become blurred by warming waters, a massive fisheries resource shift is underway. Valuable species like halibut, pollock, snow crab, and cod are appearing in larger numbers in the north as their populations diminish across more traditional fishing grounds to the south.

In some cases, this means that valuable fish stocks are moving out of the territorial boundaries of one country and into those of another. In other cases, stocks are moving into international waters that are now (or soon will be) free of ice in the summer, providing a new opportunity for international commercial fishing vessels to exploit them. While some management measures, including a moratorium on fishing in the central Arctic Ocean, are in place, there are still many unknowns.

This talk will discuss these issues largely through the lens of the valuable cod fishery. From the collapse of the northwest Atlantic cod fishery and the recent closure of the Gulf of Alaska cod fishery, to the dramatic rise of the cod fishery in Russia with its most valuable markets in China, the talk will look at how climate-induced ecosystem changes in the Arctic are affecting global fisheries.

Talbot is an award-winning journalist with over two decades of experience covering stories from some of the more remote corners of the globe. Since 2007, he has worked as a full-time freelance writer and photographer. His current work focuses largely on marine ecosystems and the myriad interactions between humans and those ecosystems. From the artisanal fisheries of the developing island nations of the Pacific to the heavily politicized commercial fisheries of Hawaii and the Gulf of Maine, Talbot spends much of his time interviewing fishers, fisheries managers, politicians, scientists, environmentalists, and other stakeholders about fisheries issues at the intersection of sustainability and science.

Ret Talbot and his wife Karen Talbot, an artist and scientific illustrator known for her work with fishes, live on the coast of Maine. They frequently collaborate on projects and enjoy inviting guests into their home-based gallery and studio in Rockland.

The program will be hosted on the Zoom platform. Email to request a link to attend. For more information, visit or call 207-236-1034.