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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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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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Seattle as a Sustainable Seafood City?

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Seattle as a Sustainable Seafood City?

This quarter, a group of MARINA Lab members began a capstone project on sustainable seafood in the city of Seattle. On their project they noted, “for many of us who call Seattle home, local seafood is a source of pride – a signpost of our place on the leading edge of sustainability. Yet, what is unclear is just how far down the sustainable seafood path we are, as a city. For Seattle to be a premier sustainable seafood city, we need to not only more clearly define our target, but also see how far we have to go and what we can do to get there.” Over the coming months, this group will be synthesizing what is known about the flow and fate of seafood in Seattle, identifying the sustainability shortfalls, and drafting a roadmap for action for Seattle in its efforts to become a sustainable seafood pioneer. This project, is a collaboration with the Washington State chapter of the Nature Conservancy.

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