#DYK 2/3 of natural wetlands have disappeared since the 1900s! Nature-based solutions have the potential to solve many of our water challenges. We need to do so much more with ‘green’ infrastructure and harmonize it with ‘grey’ infrastructure wherever possible. #WWD2018#theanswerisinnature#worldwaterday#nilasivatheesan
Over the past two week's I participated in another #citizenscience effort on behalf of @eating_with_the_ecosystem called their Market Blitz. Modeled after a type of scientific sampling called a BioBlitz, the goal was to get a comprehensive snapshot of what seafood is being sold in fish markets and grocery stores throughout New England RIGHT NOW. Citizen scientists documented species, price, nation of origin, if the product was fresh or frozen, farmed or wild, etc. It's a personal pleasure of mine to help assist in data acquisition with the end goal of seafood sustainability and market/ecosystem symmetry.
A point that was really driven home for me is the percentage of every display that was devoted to the same 6 or 8 species. It's unfortunate that these few species have come to represent the lion's share of customer demand, and scary to think what will happen to these species down the road as they continue to be heavily exploited.
I was also blown away at the level of transparency at the Connecticut supermarkets that I visited. Not once did I have to ask about an item's origin or whether it was farmed or had been previously frozen. Labeling requirements made my job a breeze and help customers make a more informed purchase.
Thank you to all of the fishmongers and store employees at @flandersfishmarket @bigyfoods in Old Lyme and @stopandshop in East Lyme who were amazing for putting up with my questions.