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Karen attends the 2018 Seafood Summit

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Karen attends the 2018 Seafood Summit

This past June, Karen attended the 2018 Seafood Summit in Barcelona as one of 5 Seafood Scholars. The Summit brings together global representatives from the seafood industry with leaders from the conservation community, academia, and government. The goal of the Summit is to define success and advance solutions in sustainable seafood by fostering dialogue and partnerships that lead to a seafood marketplace that is environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable. Supported by SeaWeb, Karen was able to attend the 18th Seafood Summit to share lessons learned from her Master’s work on fishery improvement projects, as well as, learn about the work of global fisheries experts. This year, one of the biggest topics of discussion was how to incorporate social responsibility into the seafood sector, with emphasis on how worker voices are a key element of building socially responsible seafood supply chains.

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MARINA Lab attends IMCC5

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MARINA Lab attends IMCC5

Lab members, Hannah Bassett and Zach Koehn, and lab-alum, Marisa Nixon, attended the 5th International Marine Conservation Congress (IMCC5) in Kuching, Malaysia from June 22-28. Hannah presented her work titled, “Paradoxical advantages and disadvantages of dive fishing for achieving holistic sustainability,” Zach’s presentation was on “Connecting fishery science to health policies for diet-specific solutions in low-income low food access communities: a population health approach”, and Marisa presented her recent work as a Hershman Fellow with the Washington State Department of Health, titled, “Public health and personal livelihoods: socioeconomic impacts of the response to shellfish-transmitted norovirus in Hammersley Inlet, Puget Sound.”

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Studying Sustainable Seafood in Seattle

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Studying Sustainable Seafood in Seattle

For the past year, a group of MARINA lab students (Emily, Henry, Kadie, and Brittany) have been working on a project attempting to understand what it means for Seattle to be a "sustainable US seafood city." Last week, the group presented findings from their project at the Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference in Seattle, WA. In addition, the group published a blog post with The Nature Conservancy - a partner in this project - summarizing some of their findings. Take a look at their post here!

 

Photo Credit: TNC / Bridget Besaw

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Is Aquaculture Feeding the People Who Need It Most?

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Is Aquaculture Feeding the People Who Need It Most?

This is a central question in a paper Eddie co-authored in Nature entitled "Nutrition: Fall in fish catch threatens human health," last June. The paper concluded that aquaculture was displacing wild catch fisheries in many places; particularly, in places where nutritionally vulnerable people were neither accessing aquaculture-grown fish nor benefiting from its industry profits. In response, industry and researchers alike questioned the representation of aquaculture in developing countries publishing an article in the journal Global Food Security.

Surrounding the debate: Eddie believes that both teams are actually mostly on the same page, even if their conclusions were different. At the end of March, Eddie was interviewed about this research and his take on some of the contention surrounding their findings. Read about it here!

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