Fresh & Salty - exploring water issues outside of the classroom

Fresh & Salty – exploring water issues outside of the classroom

From our student assistant, Sarah:

In the “School of Forestry” it seems that anyone interested in water or marine issues would be a “fish out of water”. However, growing interest in these topics is reflected not only in the courses offered and the speakers that visit, but also in the growing number of students involved in the “Fresh and Salty” student interest group.

Fresh and Salty offers academic and recreational opportunities for students to express, explore, and share their interests in water-related issues, from the study of water quality and invasive species in ponds, going on fly fishing or SCUBA excursions, to enjoying a sustainable seafood dinner.

Roz Savage, 2012 Yale World Fellow, ocean rower, and sustainability advocate, spoke to students on November 1 about her mission to raise awareness of the North Pacific Garbage Patch and of the impacts of climate change on small islands.

There’s no doubt that seafood is a culturally and even nutritionally important ingredient in many dishes, but, more often than not, the methods to catch fish, shrimp, and crustaceans are far from sustainable. Inspired by Miya’s Sushi, Fresh and Salty students plan to prepare an entirely “sustainable seafood dinner” and use the meal as a basis for discussion on the topic of “sustainable seafood”.

While some SCUBA certified students hope to explore New England waters firsthand in the spring, Fresh and Salty invites all students to discover New England’s biodiversity at the Mystic Aquarium this fall. The Mystic Aquarium has a collection of North Atlantic creatures, including beluga whales, sea lion, jellyfish, sharks, and rays. The aquarium also features exhibits with creatures from the Amazon and from coral reefs, providing a diverse educational opportunity for all students interested in learning about the world’s marine ecosystems.

In the land of hiking, biking, urban exploration, indoor climbing, and studying, it is easy to forget that Connecticut is a coastal state. This spring, Fresh and Salty will be reviving its forgotten tradition of a coastal camping retreat. We will be camping at the Peabody Museum’s coastal research station, where we will study the flora and fauna of the Long Island Sound and learn about the history of the Thimble Islands. Yale professors will join this two-day excursion to share their knowledge of and insight to the important coastal and marine ecosystems of the Long Island Sound.

The activities don’t stop there. Want to know how studies in water related issues could secure you a job in the future? The CDO will be hosting a water-related careers alumni panel on November 6, with Fresh and Salty as the co-sponsor and moderator. Students are also welcomed to help plan recreational trips, from fly-fishing to kayaking to SCUBA diving – the possibilities to interact with water, be it fresh or salty, are endless!