Successful Establishment of Territorial Use Rights for Fisheries

SMEA affiliate professor Dr. Amber Himes-Cornell and alumna Kathryn (Katy) Dalton, along with co-authors Juan Francisco Lechuga Sánchez and Rebecca Metzner of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization collaborated to publish a review on the enabling conditions necessary to ensure successful establishment of territorial use rights for fisheries (TURFs). Allocating or recognizing fishing tenure rights via TURFs can lead to a wide array of social, economic, and ecological responses, both positive and negative. 

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SMEA Alum Kicks Off Winter Series

This quarter’s SMEA Environmental Justice Speakers Series will begin on Thursday, January 21st from 12:00pm to 1:00pm via Zoom.
Michael Jacobson first went to Taiwan in 1986, returned in 1994-5, and in 2018 spent 3 months living in Taiwan’s indigenous communities. For 30 years he pursued and finally rescued two Tao (Yami) fishing boats called tatala from a restaurant in Seattle and went to Orchid Island to learn about contemporary Tao culture. 

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A poster for the film They Keep Quiet So We Make Noise. The imagery showcases a fence crossed by yellow caution tape.

Alumna’s Debut Film Yields Award Nom

The documentary short They Keep Quiet So We Make Noise was accepted to the Melbourne Short Film Festival and nominated for the Best Short Documentary Film Award. The work is the directorial debut of SMEA alum Marlena Skrobe ’20, a filmmaker and plastic pollution researcher. The film allowed Marlena to merge her research tools with her storytelling skills and her commitment to identify, expose, and help solve global environmental injustice perpetuated in global plastic recycling. 

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Mislabeled salmon, shrimp have biggest environmental toll

A study by Arizona State University, the University of Washington and other institutions examined the impacts of seafood mislabeling on the marine environment, including population health, the effectiveness of fishery management, and marine habitats and ecosystems. Co-author and SMEA Professor Sunny Jardine helped to design a statistical analysis to compare the product on the label with the one that was actually consumed. 

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Q&A with Dr. Erendira Aceves Bueno

Why did you decide to become a professor?
I love science and academia has given me an immense freedom to explore the topics that interest me. Becoming a professor has allowed me to maintain a profession driven by curiosity while modestly contributing to solving pressing problems. I feel extremely lucky for that.
What do you like most about your work?
Many things, but I mostly enjoy facing intellectual challenges in collaboration with students. 

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There are several long poles and 4 yellow buoys underneath a black fishing net on a beach. An adult man is crouched between the net and the ocean.

SMEA Group Publish on FADs

SMEA alumni Guillermo Gomez, Samantha Farquhar, Henry Bell, Eric Laschever, and Stacy Hall collaborated on a paper exploring “a critical link between canned tuna – which is commonly fished with the aid of hundreds of thousands of Fish Aggregating Devices (FADs) drifting in the ocean – and the legal and marketing concept of Illegal, Unreported or Unregulated (IUU) fishing”. The article published in Coastal Management documents “how a transparent registration and tracking process can better align market and regulatory forces to reduce unsustainable FAD practices. 

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Environmental DNA Paper Published

A team of SMEA community members recently were published by Proceedings of the Royal Society B, Biological Sciences. Congratulations are in order for Ramón Gallego, former SMEA postdoc, who led this paper with Emily Jacobs-Palmer, former SMEA postdoc, and Kelly Cribari, SMEA alumna, who was the Research Assistant, as a student on this project. The paper entitled Environmental DNA metabarcoding reveals winners and users of global change in coastal waters uses DNA sequences from water samples in the Salish Sea to forecast future ecological communities. 

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SMEA December Faculty Meeting

The School of Marine & Environmental Affairs will hold its faculty meeting Thursday, December 3, 12:00 – 1:30 pm. Please see below for details on how to join;
Zoom Online Meeting 
Phone In
Meeting ID: 992 5145 0003
Passcode: 969357

 A copy of the meeting agenda can be found here. 

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Highly Cited Researchers 2020 List

SMEA Affiliate Professor Eddie Allison was one of the more than 50 UW faculty and researchers named on the annual Highly Cited Researchers 2020 list from Clarivate.
The list identifies researchers who demonstrated significant influence in their chosen field or fields through the publication of multiple highly cited papers during the last decade. Their names are drawn from the publications that rank in the top 1% by citations for field and publication year in the Web of Science citation index. 

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Marine-Related Learning Networks: Shifting the Paradigm Toward Collaborative Ocean Governance

Congratulations are in order for SMEA capstone alums Katy Dalton, Marlena Skrobe, Henry Bell, Benjamin Kantner, and Dave Berndtson, SMEA Professor Patrick Christie, and their Brazilian collaborators, including Dr. Leopoldo Gerhardinger, on their newly published paper “Marine-Related Learning Networks: Shifting the Paradigm Toward Collaborative Ocean Governance” published in Frontiers in Marine Science. The paper is a result of the first internationally-focused SMEA capstone, and the collaboration helps solidify connections between SMEA and Brazilian capstone counterparts who are fostering large and impactful learning networks there. 

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