PubCast – Urban harvests: food security and local fish and shellfish in Southcentral Alaska

By Hannah Harrison

Enjoy listening to: Urban harvests: food security and local fish and shellfish in Southcentral Alaska

Authors: Hannah L. Harrison and Philip A. Loring

“Urban Harvests” is part of a series of PubCasts (a take on publication podcasts), audio-book style recordings of peer reviewed scientific research, read to you by the authors. PubCasts are hosted by the Conservation of Change lab(www.conservationofchange.org)and Coastal Routes project. PubCasts are an ongoing project to experiment with science communication and making research more accessible and digestible to both scientific and general audiences. We were inspired to start Pubcasts via our own love of podcasts, demystifying science and the role of researchers in science, and the power of the human voice. We hope you enjoy and welcome feedback via Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/ConserveChange or http://www.twitter.com/fishpeopleplace. You can find more Pubcasts on the Coastal Routes project webpage at www.coastalroutes.org/pubcasts(www.coastalroutes.org).

Find the published version of this paper at the journal of Agriculture and Food Security: https://agricultureandfoodsecurity.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s40066-016-0065-5

About the paper:
In this study, we discuss two wild seafood harvests that are popular among residents of the largest urban and peri-urban region of Alaska: dipnet fishing for salmon on the Kenai River and clam digging on the beaches of the Kenai Peninsula. Our goal is twofold: to provide descriptive information on these understudied aspects of the food system and to also contribute to the broader discussion of wild food harvests in the lives and experiences of urban residents, where the issues of people’s connections with nature, tradition and self-determination, sustainability, and social and environmental justice all arguably converge.