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Koehn and Allison Launch Inaugural Research Grant

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Koehn and Allison Launch Inaugural Research Grant

This fall, PhD Student Zach Koehn and Eddie Allison, along with faculty from the School of Public Health and the School of Aquatic and Fisheries Sciences, were selected to lead one of 5 inaugural pilot grants from the University of Washington’s Population Health Initiative. The Initiative encourages interdisciplinary problem solving at the intersection of human health, environmental resilience and socioeconomic equity. The grant will support Zach’s PhD research linking fisheries and food systems to address diet-based public health issues facing US West Coast communities.

Selected from a pool of more than 60 projects, this project will evaluate whether low-value or bycaught fish can enter local markets in areas with low income or low access to affordable healthy foods. On the project, Koehn noted "in low-income coastal populations, access and availability of healthy foods can be low, and there is a high incentive for people to substitute towards more affordable, but energy-dense nutrient poor food. Cost-effective bycaught species can provide a competitive alternative particularly for rural coastal communities where fishery landings are high. Unfortunately, there is little guidance on how fishery managers and related institutions can operationalize these goals towards equitable population health outcomes, particularly for tribes or low income and diaspora populations with traditional reliance on seafood." 

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"One Person's Trash is Another Person's Dinner": Jack Cheney to present at AAG Annual Meeting

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"One Person's Trash is Another Person's Dinner": Jack Cheney to present at AAG Annual Meeting

In just one short week MARINA Master's student, Jack Cheney will be presenting his talk entitled, "One Person's Trash is Another Person's Dinner: niche seafood species making a splash in American seafood systems" at the Association of American Geographer's (AAG) Annual Meeting in Chicago. Originally inspired by a class taught by Dr. Allison called Fish in the Global Food System, Jack's presentation will provide a first look at the paper he and Dr. Allison have co-authored on the topic. Jack will present within a session titled, "Taste of the Sea: an exploration of seafood and place in three courses" and for a 'taste' of what he'll be sharing, check out their abstract below.

Approximately 90% of seafood consumed in the US is imported, and in 2012 the average American ate nearly 14% less seafood per year than was eaten in 2006. Despite recent economic and biological improvement in domestic fish stocks, commentators, like bestselling author Paul Greenberg, consider the US seafood system to be 'broken' and lament that Americans have lost touch with their marine resources. However industry testimony suggests that while seafood consumption at home is decreasing, Americans still love to eat seafood at restaurants. A recent trend in the fine-dining sector called the "Trash Fish Movement" (TFM) offers a means to explore this consumption paradox. A merger of chefs and fishermen, the TFM utilizes underappreciated, niche marine species to create new conceptions of haute cuisine. This presentation will review the progress the TFM has seen in recent years and evaluate its ability to ripple through the seafood supply chain. A review of the original trash fish: lobster, and recent trends in food television as well as the notion of the "citizen-consumer hybrid" suggest that if properly informed, Americans can be eager and adventurous seafood consumers. The TFM may encourage a return to more adventurous home consumption as well as having broader implications for sustainability of domestic fisheries.

Photo of bycatch care of seachoice.org.

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