This workshop is part of the OSU Marine Studies Initiative's work to create frameworks of collaborations that span scientific, political, and socio-cultural disciplines and spur innovations from basic science to practical applications. A comprehensive workshop proceedings will guide the establishment of an Oregon State research and education center focused on the future of food from the sea.
Ultimately, with Oregon State's leadership and globally recognized research, education, and outreach and engagement about fisheries and seafood, innovations will be shared with the fishing industry and local communities to positively impact local economies and personal prosperity. Students will gain comprehensive and practical knowledge for the workforce, professional development, and leadership.
During the workshop, participants focused on a range of topics, such as how a central program can build on partnerships with industry, agencies and coastal communities and substantial and unique physical and human assets at Oregon State to:
Embrace innovation, entrepreneurship, and systems thinking
Evaluate interconnections across the seafood supply chain, from ecosystems to consumers
Improve the benefits, efficiency, and profitability of seafood value chains
Integrate traditional topics such as biology, harvest, and management with critical components of seafood supply like logistics, waste management, risk management, information systems, finance, trade and marketing, seafood design, and consumer behavior.