Okay, so it’s been awhile since posting any updates here– though I contend that it’s because I’ve been busy writing: for courses, for the Anthropocene Campus, and even for some publications! Anyway, over the next few weeks, I’m going to update this site with some of the writing that I’ve published over the past six months or so. This includes several posts on Discard Studies, some chapters submitted to edited collections, and more.
To start, I’m very excited to share that we, in my amazing feminist science and technology lab, Civic Lab for Environmental Action Research (CLEAR), have published our first paper (Liboiron et al. 2016) in Marine Pollution Bulletin, entitled ‘Low plastic ingestion rate in Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua) from Newfoundland destined for human consumption collected through citizen science methods.‘ Woot!
Some highlights of our paper include:
- Plastic ingestion rate of 2.4% for Atlantic cod (n = 205)
- First recorded baseline for fish in Newfoundland, Canada
- This plastic ingestion prevalence rate is among the lowest recorded to date.
- Used citizen science to collect GI tracts from fish destined for human consumption
There are a number of other aspects of this study that are not discussed in the paper that make the study both important and novel. As CLEAR is a feminist marine science lab, we aim to include values of equity and justice into every aspect of our research: as such, we used only scientific protocols that citizens (or non-institution affiliated or heavily funded scientists) could use (See this article by Max Liboiron for why this is important); our authorship order was consensus and equity based, acknowledging difference in social position of authors and multiple types of labour (field work, data collection, and emotional labour– not just writing!); and, lastly, we held a public meeting to ensure the community of fishers that might be impacted by our study agreed to us publishing the results. Our paper is also one of the first few plastic pollution studies where a species was select based on placed-based cultural importance and local consumption practices.
A full pre-print version of the paper is available, here.
Liboiron, Max., Liboiron, France., Wells, Emily., Richárd, Natalie., Zahara, Alexander., Mather, Charles., Bradshaw, Hillary., and Judyannet Murichi. (2016) Low plastic ingestion rate in Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua) from Newfoundland destined for human consumption collected through citizen science methods. Marine Pollution Bulletin. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.marpolbul.2016.10.043
More to come!