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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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.”
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!
In November, Lily attended the 70th annual conference of the Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute held in Merida, Mexico; an opportunity made possible by SMEA’s Wendy Graham Travel Award. Under the mentorship of Kathy Lockhart, Lily presented their findings on the status of the lobster and hogfish fisheries of South Caicos in the Turks and Caicos Islands. For over a decade, these length data were collected by university students studying at the Center for Marine Resource Studies, School for Field Studies in collaboration with local fishermen and the Turks and Caicos Department of Environment and Coastal Resources. Lily said, “I’m particularly excited because our spiny lobster findings match anecdotal observations by local fishermen. In the paper we submitted to this conference, we were able to emphasize their essential perspective.” She enjoyed meeting with scientists that inform small-scale fisheries management throughout the Caribbean.