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Fisheries and Aquaculture vulnerabilities revealed by COVID19 pandemic


Term:

Summer

Department:

SEAG: Sea Grant Program

Faculty Supervisor:

Prof. Michael Triantafyllou

Faculty email:

mistetri@mit.edu

Apply by:

June 1

Contact:

Carolina Bastidas: bastidas@mit.edu and Juliet Simpson: simpsonj@mit.edu. Preference will be given to students before May 7

Project Description

The COVID-19 crisis has had dramatic negative impacts on the fishing and aquaculture industries. As 70% of fishing industry products are consumed in restaurants, many fishermen and farmers cannot sell their catch or harvest. The crisis has also revealed challenges in the direct commercialization of products by harvesters, either due to permitting or traditional channel disruptions. Innovating and diversifying patterns of distribution and consumption will improve the resilience of this vital economic sector in New England. We would like to work with a student, preferably with knowledge of or roots in the fishing or aquaculture communities of New England. Together we will assess current socio-economic needs of the fishing and aquaculture industry and how can we tackle those needs. With this research, we aim to highlight the needs of this productive sector of the blue economy and to delineate a path forward to provide solutions.

Pre-requisites

Desirable skills and interests: interviews, qualitative research, reviewing and summarizing data from direct and indirect sources of information.