WSG is leading a three-year grant to advance sustainable Indigenous Aquaculture practices and enhance seafood production in the Pacific region. Working in coordination with Hawaii and Alaska Sea Grants, WSG launched a cross-Pacific regional collaborative effort integrating research, outreach and education funded, in part, through a grant from the National Sea Grant Aquaculture Initiative. Over 125 guests recently attended the first collaborative summit meeting held on Oahu, including representatives from 13 Pacific Northwest tribes and many more from across the globe. Attendees learned about traditional Hawaiian aquaculture practices and technologies. It was a catalyzing event resulting in a number of new collaborations amongst participants.
Outcomes will include a suite of communications tools, including social media coverage of local commercial fisheries, profile stories on commercial fishermen; infographics for seafood distributors, chefs and consumers; traditional media stories focused on accurate data, fisheries management and how WDFW monitors to ensure seafood is sustainably caught; and outreach at targeted events.