Alumnae Jill Hamilton and Chrissy Hayes tapped for Knauss Fellowship Program
Jill Hamilton and Chrissy Hayes, both co-lab alumnae, have been named finalists for John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowships. The Knauss Fellowship program places recent university graduates in federal agencies and offices to work with policymakers and staffers on coastal policy issues of national consequence. Read more about it here.
En la orilla at Duke Marine Lab Open House
The film En la orilla was presented at the Duke Marine Lab Open House on July 14. The film tells the story of a family in Agua Verde, a 256-person town on the eastern coast of the Baja Peninsula in Mexico, and how the father, Gaspar, struggles to catch enough fish and make enough money to pay for the things his family need. Link to the film’s webpage here.
Participation in COFI in Rome
Xavier Basurto, John Virdin, and Hilary Smith from Duke University, along with David Mills from WorldFish, participated in the FAO Committee on Fisheries (COFI) side event on the Importance of small-scale fisheries: Global, regional and national initiatives on July 9, 2018 in Rome, Italy.
Hidden Harvest Program Brief
Learn here about the collaboration between FAO, Duke, and Worldfish to expand our understanding of the global contribution of small-scale fisheries.
Hidden Harvest Workshop in Seattle
Fish and Nutrition Report released:
Duke Marine Lab alumni Abigail Bennet, Ph.D. (2016), now at Duke University’s World Food Policy Center, led a report on the state of the science on fish and nutrition released on Tuesday. Other authors include Abby’s former advisor, Xavier Basurto, and John Virdin from the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Solutions as well as collaborators from the World Bank and The Environmental Defense Fund. In the context of the recently agreed-on United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which includes the goal to end hunger, achieve food security, and improve nutrition, this report synthesizes current understanding of capture fisheries’ contributions to food and nutrition security and explores drivers of those contributions.
Read a Q&A with the authors here.
Here, Abby talks about the new report with Kelly Brownell.
Trading fish in Baja California Sur, Mexico
Read about the project that is part of an international group of interdisciplinary sustainability scholars and practitioners focused on Mexico’s small-scale fisheries called MAREA, committed to understanding the connections among people and nature. More about MAREA here. (Spanish version)
Explore an infographic about the marine supply chain produced as part of this project.
Communication: Post-truth predicaments
How can scientists get through to a public that’s seemingly indifferent to objective facts?
As Donald Trump prepares to take office, how should scientists negotiate this new world order, in which objective facts and evidence can be lost in the noise generated by direct appeals to emotion, sentiment and deeply held personal beliefs? How can they best engage with the public and serve as a voice for science? Nature asked three experts for their views on how to redress the balance. Read about Xavier’s response here.