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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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Farquhar presents at Aquaculture America 2018

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Farquhar presents at Aquaculture America 2018

This past February, Sam traveled to Las Vegas to present at the Aquaculture America 2018 Conference. The conference is the largest aquaculture trade show in the United States focused on technological advancements within the aquaculture sector. Sam attended to present her research demonstrating the socio-economic benefits that aquaculture has had on women in rural Nepal. Specifically, how fish farming has allowed women to earn significant supplemental income, consume more protein, and give women a sense of independence and empowerment. Additionally, while at the conference, Sam got to reconnect with her old colleagues she met during fieldwork in Nepal and Bangladesh!

 

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Our Lab, Unlocked!

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Our Lab, Unlocked!

Last Thursday, we had the honor of opening our metaphorical lab doors to a select audience of friends, community, and alums of the UW's College of the Environment. We were among three lab groups from the College invited to present our work on the theme of 'Climate and Food.' While we may not have a physical lab filled with beakers and pipettes, we were excited to present some of our work with a wider audience.

Under the overarching title of "Fishing for Justice, Nutrition, and Wellbeing in a Changing Climate," we chose to highlight our lab's work through the presentation of three student-led projects. Lily presented her work on the importance of East Africa's octopus fishery to local livelihoods and food security. She even exhorted the audience to try (sustainably sourced!) octopus soup as an aphrodisiac. 

Brittany, Kadie, Henry, and Emily - presenting their capstone project - spoke about Seattle's potential for national, and perhaps even global, leadership in the seafood sustainability movement. Zach - assisted by MARINA lab alum Jack Cheney - outlined the objective of our new Population Health Initiative grant piloting ways to get underutilized fish species in the California current ecosystem to low-income coastal communities with a need for seafood. 

With such a unique opportunity to engage local community members, Eddie emphasized our lab’s overall mission of conducting research and policy analysis related to the fair allocation of benefits from well-managed coastal ecosystems. He also stressed the importance of our connections with resource users and policy makers, the applied and interdisciplinary nature of our work, and the potential of our lab members to become key influencers in future environment and development policy arenas.

Here are some fun photos of our lab preparing for the presentation:

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Jillian Lyles Engages the Public Around Diverse Knowledge Systems

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Jillian Lyles Engages the Public Around Diverse Knowledge Systems

This past Wednesday, second-year Jillian Lyles asked her audience to consider whether science is the only form of knowledge that policy-makers should consider when making decisions about  natural resources. By the end of her presentation, the answer from all in attendance was most likely a confident "no". 

Lyles presented at Town Hall as part of the Engage course at UW, in which she and her classmates prepared their public speeches over the 10 weeks of winter quarter. Stay tuned for the link to her presentation, which will be posted here shortly. 

Lyles presenting at Town Hall. Photo by Kayla Boyes.

Lyles presenting at Town Hall. Photo by Kayla Boyes.

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