Amanda Parks (UNH; EcoGastronomy)
Mentor: Erik Chapman, Commercial Fisheries
Amanda worked to develop and to make available a mobile phone app that provides information on where consumers can buy locally harvested seafood. It also provides consumers with information on seasonality of species availability, recipes and a buying guide that outlines what to look for to find the best quality, fresh seafood. Amanda took the application from a conceptual stage to delivery with both iPhone and Android platforms during her internship. This required solving all technical challenges in application development and making connections in the fishing and local-fish market communities to gather information to guide app development. Amanda spent time with several additional efforts to support efforts to educate consumers about local seafood and the local fishing industry, including assisting N.H. Community Seafood, a community supported fishery, in their operations.
Alexandra Philip (UNH; Environmental Conservation)
Mentors: Julia Peterson and Chris Keeley, Coastal Communities
Ally conducted research on the work and needs of climate champions in coastal communities in southern Maine, northern Massachusetts and New Hampshire. The research consisted of conducting semi-structured interviews of people identified as climate adaptation promoters and implementers within the region, drawing conclusions from those interviews, and putting forth recommendations about how professional climate adaptation networks like N.H.'s Coastal Adaptation Workgroup (CAW) can support local champions. The findings are being shared with CAW and the 32-page report is available here.
Daniel Tauriello (UNH; Marine, Estuarine and Freshwater Biology)
Mentor: Michael Chambers, Aquaculture
Dan conducted “hands on” aquaculture research at the UNH Coastal Marine Lab and Judd Gregg Marine Support Center. He was able to spawn and culture European oysters (Ostrea edulis), a first for a student at UNH. In addition, he helped train local fishermen on integrated multi-trophic aquaculture where steelhead trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss), blue mussels (Mytilus edulis) and sugar kelp (Saccharina latissima) were grown together on a floating platform. In this manner, the mussels and kelp filter out waste materials produced by the trout, minimizing effects to the environment. During the summer, Dan was able to visit Fat Dog Oyster Farm in Little Bay, N.H., and attended the Seaweed Scene in Portland, Maine, and an aquaculture open house at Roger Williams University in R.I.