Fish & Us: Climate Stories from the Waterfront

Fish & Us: Climate Stories from the Waterfront

What stories do the people who spend their lives on the water catching, researching and managing fish have to share about climate change? How is climate impacting the fish and places they care about? Join host Alliyah Lusuegro, RAY Fellow at Ocean Conservancy, as she sits down to learn more. This podcast is a production of Ocean Conservancy. Cover artwork designed by Nicole Dornsife of with photograph by Rafeed Hussain. Audio editing by 4Site Interactive Studios.


November 18, 2022 37 mins

Join us for this season’s final episode! I speak with Mellisa Maktuayaq Johnson, who grew up with a subsistence way of life in Nome, Alaska and is now the government affairs and policy director at the Arctic-Yukon-Kuskokwim Tribal Consortium. Mellisa shares her story which includes the landscapes of the Bering Sea region, the seasonal cycles of following the fish, and her experiences incorporating traditional foods in Tribal health...

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How do you like your fish cooked? Listen along to hear more in my conversation with Feini Yin, a storyteller, fishmonger and community organizer from Philadelphia. Together we explore how fish can foster connections to community, culture and our local waters. Feini tells us about the community-supported fishery Fishadelphia and its mission to connect Philly’s diverse residents to local seafood. With climate change in the mix, we di...

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Let’s talk about fishery science! Join me in my conversation with Mandy Karnauskas, a fishery biologist with NOAA Fisheries and long-time resident of Miami, Florida. We cover Mandy’s love for fish from a young age, the many interconnected components of a fishery ecosystem, climate impacts and red tide in the Gulf of Mexico, and how exactly science gets translated and used in managing fisheries.

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Come set sail with us for the first episode of season two! A crew from Ocean Conservancy partners with Rozalia Project to retrieve discarded lobster traps and other ghost gear in the islands of Maine. We hear many sides of the story: Ocean Conservancy’s very own Global Ghost Gear Initiative, Rozalia Project’s mission and world-famous vessel American Promise, all the way to the key moments of our expedition with the lobstering commu...

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In this season’s final episode, we hear from Hannah Heimbuch, a commercial fisherman and policy and communications consultant with Ocean Strategies, who lives on Kodiak Island, Alaska. Hannah shares her experience growing up in a fishing family and fishing town and how profoundly climate change is affecting salmon and other fish central to the way of life in the North Pacific. We also eagerly connect about storytelling and Filipino...

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Fishermen aren’t alone in their dedication to fish. This episode, I talk with Michele (Robinson) Conrad, a fishery manager from Washington State with years of experience under her belt working on marine fisheries and ecosystems. Michele shares with us about what it means, and the many partners it takes, to manage fish as a sustainable resource. We chat about how an interest in wildlife led Michele to fishery management, the foundat...

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It’s also no secret that fishing can provide connection—to the ocean, to one another, and to where the fish are biting. Tune in to one of my first interviews here with Dave Monti of No Fluke Fishing, a charter captain and fishing writer in Rhode Island. Dave shares his deep knowledge of the geography and history of his local waters, his observations of changing species of fish in his area and what’s needed to address the problem, a...

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Join me as I talk with Tony Friedrich, lifelong fisherman and policy director at the American Saltwater Guides Association. We chat about Tony fishing in the Chesapeake Bay, what motivated him to start an association of fishing guides fighting for healthy fish resources, and how fish along the Atlantic are responding to our changing climate. And even…fish farts? 

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