Authors: Dustin Robertson*, Tulane University City, Culture and Community PhD. Program, Meghna N Marjadi, Department of Environmental Conservation, Massachusetts Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Lauren Drakopulos , Department of Geography University of Washington, Sarita Panchang, Department of Public Health, University of South Florida, Zach Koehn, School of Aquatic and Fishery Science, University of Washington, Lian Guo, Graduate Program in Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Department of Environmental Conservation, Department of University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Topics: Human-Environment Geography, Urban Geography
Keywords: subsistence fishing, urbanization, sustainability
Session Type: Paper
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM
Room: Studio 2, Marriott, 2nd Floor
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Processes of urbanization often unequally impact different communities' access to resources such as food, water, housing and green space. This can lead to social exclusion and increase exposure to environmental hazards for poor and communities of color. Subsistence fishing is classified as a recreational activity in the US, especially in urban environments, despite providing crucial nutritional support for certain populations, particularly poor and minority communities. Although there has been considerable research on processes of urbanization, research on the impact of urbanization on subsistence fishing is limited. Urbanization can limit accessibility of fishing sites and abundance of fish while increasing contaminant levels in fish tissue. This paper offers preliminary results including a spatial analysis on survey data from the NMFS MRIP survey and demographic and environmental data to assess spatial patterns of vulnerability and risk in urban subsistence fishing populations in New Orleans.