Ethics, Interdisciplinarity, and the Institutional Review Board

History of Science, Life in the Lab, Social Science, Underrepresented Issues in Marine Science and ConservationOctober 1, 2012 • 2~2 min read

Say your local Lions Club wants to hold a focus group to determine what the community thinks would be the best way to direct community service efforts? What if you, as a blog writer, want to survey your readership about their demographics? What if the local food group wants to stand in front of a […]

Potential in Small-Scale Kombu Fishing in Samani Town, Hokkaido, Japan

fisheries, fisheries, marine science, policy, Social Science, SustainabilityJuly 9, 2012 • 1~2 min read

As part of the GCOE-INeT Summer School at Hokkaido University this year I have had the opportunity to use Samani Town as a case study of “the sustainability of coupled human and natural systems”. The small coastal town of roughly 5,500 people is dependent on farming, fishing, forestry, mining, and increasingly tourism. Samani town is […]

Aquaculture in NC: Millpoint Aquaculture

Aquaculture in NCJune 11, 2012 • < 1 min read

Jimmy Morris is the only hatchery in North Carolina, serving aquaculture operations all along the East Coast and the state’s oyster restoration program. The process would he easy, he says, except that crops of larvae die periodically – for a variety of unknown reasons. Figuring out how to cater to the sensitivities of these shelly […]

Happy World Oceans Day!

A Renewed Sense of Wonder, Core Themes for 2012June 8, 2012 • 2~2 min read

Today, June 8th, is World Oceans Day! Get out there and let the world know how much the ocean just makes you want to dance in celebration! The Smithsonian set a fairly high bar last year with its dancing flash mob in the Sant Ocean Hall. For the less rhythmically inclined, check out what events are […]

Aquaculture in NC: Carolina Mariculture Co.

Aquaculture in NCMay 3, 2012 • 1~2 min read

Though oyster mariculture isn’t new to places like the Chesapeake Bay, Jay Styron’s Carolina Mariculture Company, based in Cedar Island, NC, is a shining vision of the future in North Carolina. Much of the state’s efforts in aquaculture are directed at tilapia, catfish, and hybrid striped bass, which are grown in ponds on traditional farm […]

Aquaculture in NC: Providing for the rich or the masses?

Aquaculture in NCMarch 13, 2012 • 1~2 min read

What do you think of when you picture  a fish dinner? A fancy anniversary meal atop a seaside bluff at sunset? Or a staple food, eaten daily as part of the subsistence diet of coastal community members? Seafood is a strange commodity because depending on how you answered that question, you’re right. Seafood occupies multiple […]

Aquaculture in NC: Urban Aquaculture

Aquaculture in NCFebruary 16, 2012 • 1~2 min read

Not everyone who wants to start an aquaculture farm has the privilege of picking up their family, leaving their job, and moving to a rural area. Note I didn’t say small town – many of the same rules apply to small towns as large cities. I mean at least a few miles from Main St. Not to […]

Aquaculture in NC: The Global Connection

Aquaculture in NCFebruary 15, 2012 • 1~2 min read

“We just sold a much bigger one to Denmark, but couldn’t be this style”, said the trade show representative as if he had traveled to the town next door. Aquaculture has its roots in northern Europe in many ways, mainly through connections to the beginnings of domesticating Atlantic salmon. So many American companies are making […]

Aquaculture in NC: Designed Ecosystems

Aquaculture in NCFebruary 14, 2012 • 2~2 min read

Lest you think aquaculture is like your childhood fish tank on a larger scale, let me remind you of the plecostomus in that tank. You know, the thing that sat stuck to the back of the tank behind the plant so that the family could never quite find it. Yet somehow, despite the fact that […]

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