Events & Media

Dec. 5, 2013

Media Attention for Fisheries Group Project

An interview with a member of the Bren School Group Project that is researching territorial use rights in fisheries (TURF) is currently featured on the websites of two affiliated nonprofit organizations: SeaWeb and Marine Photobank.

TURFs Group Project members
TURFs team members (from left): Pablo Obregon (consultant and fellow Bren MESM student), Alana Yurkanin Gina Auriemma, Kristen Byler, Katie Petersen

The article also contains links to a survey intended for those who are working on or are in some way knowledgeable about a specific TURF fishery anywhere in the world. See details at the end of this article.

Alana Yurkanin (MESM 2014), who was interviewed by SeaWeb, and her fellow group members, Gina Auriemma, Kristen Byler, and Katie Peterson, are conducting research for their client, the nonprofit organization Rare, to identify factors that lead to the successful implementation of TURFs in small-scale fisheries. TURF is a rights-based approach to sustainable fisheries management that is being implemented increasingly in fisheries around the world and particularly in developing nations.

SeaWeb found the Bren School TURF group after the Group Project used several images from Marine Photobank on its project website. Marine Photobank is a share site for ocean-related images and provides them free for educational use. The organization works with SeaWeb, which highlights workable, science-based solutions to the most serious threats facing the ocean, such as climate change, pollution, and depletion of marine life. Sea Web and Marine Photobank are helping the Group Project team collect data for their project by increasing the viewership of their survey, and also educating the general public on the concept of TURFs.

Both organizations now have articles about the TURF Group Project on their web sites.

Read the article on the Seaweb site
Read the article on the Marine Photobank site

TURF Survey Details: The survey closes at the end of December. Qualifying respondents will be paid $5 for participating, and a drawing will be held after the first of the year for a $100 cash prize and a $300 discount on the cost of attending of a major fisheries conference to be held in Mexico in 2014. To participate in the survey, go to the TURF Group Project website and click on the Contribute tab.