February 22, 2016
Washington Sea Grant Social Scientist Melissa Poe recently spent a week on Haida Gwaii interviewing Native knowledge holders. She is collaborating with the Ocean Tipping Points project and local partners Gwaii Haanas Parks Canada and the Council of the Haida Nation, in a social-ecological study to assess the cultural importance of Pacific Herring in Haida Gwaii.
Together with Haida Gwaii collaborators, Melissa conducted ethnographic interviews with knowledge holders about traditional practices and livelihood uses of herring. Results are expected to help better understand values and trade-offs to guide marine management. In addition to the specific Haida Gwaii context, the approach can be scaled out to evaluate co-benefits and risks in Washington, the U.S. West Coast, and other marine contexts.