We transform the world, but we don't remember it. We adjust our baseline to the new level, and we don't recall what was there
— Daniel Pauly
Here is a short TED talk by marine biologist Daniel Pauly. Pauly is a professor at the Fisheries Centre of the University of British Columbia and the principal investigator of its Sea Around Us Project.
The ocean has degraded within our lifetimes, as shown in the decreasing average size of fish. And yet, as Daniel Pauly shows us onstage at Mission Blue, each time the baseline drops, we call it the new "normal." At what point do we stop readjusting downward?