Overall Rating Expired
Overall Score Expired
Liaison Roxane Beigel-Coryell
Submission Date June 30, 2011
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California State University, Channel Islands
IN-2: Innovation 2

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired Sean Anderson
Associate Professor
Environmental Science and Resource Management
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A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:

A Sustainable Seafood Survey is conducted every fall semester at California State University Channel Islands in Dr. Sean Anderson’s Environmental Science and Resource Management course entitled Coastal and Marine Resource Management. Students in this course survey local (Santa Barbara, Ventura, Los Angeles Counties) supermarkets and restaurants for available seafood products sold. Students are then required to report where and how each seafood item is caught (wild or farmed), processed, fishery location, and list a price. Students also survey the fish mongers and waiters or waitresses on questions that include: how many people ask about sustainable seafood; are you familiar with MSC, Dolphin Safe, etc; how many customers ask where their seafood comes from? These results are added to an ever-growing database which began in 2007 and now spans 15,000 items/entries. It allows for the examination of trends in sustainable seafood options and the community's awareness of the issues involved. Work is currently underway to expand these assessment efforts across California and the Western U.S.


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