Join Queen Quet of the Gullah/Geechee Nation at the Southeast Ocean and Coastal Acidification Network (SOCAN) Townhall

The next Southeast Ocean and Coastal Acidification Network (SOCAN) Stakeholders Townhall is on 
April 21st at 11 am eastern time. The town hall will cover topics related to impacts of acidification on subsistence fishing and rural and indigenous communities, as well as non-traditional educational tools for these communities.

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The speakers will be Noelle Boucquey from Eckard College in St. Petersburg FL
and Queen Quet Marquetta L. Goodwine, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (
Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation is the Founder of the Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition ( She continues to be a leader in environmental justice and ocean action movements. She was invited to Korea by the United Nations for the 1st Ocean Action Forum where she was able to share with the world the efforts of the Gullah/Geechee Fishing Association and other native Gullah/Geechees that are seeking to insure that their subsistence fishing traditions continue in the face of environmental injustices and climate change.  Queen Quet will present “De Wata Bring We: Changing Ocean and Impacts on the Culture of the Gullah/Geechee.” This interactive presentation will center on community engagement and capacity building on the Sea Islands as a climate action strategy to protect the ocean and the Gullah/Geechee cultural heritage of the coast. Learn about the how traditional knowledge is an important aspect of planning for the sustainability of ocean.
Noëlle Boucquey has a Ph.D. in Environmental Studies from Duke University and currently teaches at Eckerd College. Her research focuses on how relationships between human and environmental actors form in particular spaces, and with what effects on larger socioecological systems. She particularly enjoys investigating questions about how access to and power over natural resources is negotiated, how technologies mediate our environmental knowledge and governance practices, and how particular assemblages of human and nonhuman actors perform in ways that affect their social-ecological wellbeing. She teaches courses on fisheries governance, wildlife politics, ecotourism, and research methods. Dr. Boucquey will present her talk “Urban Fishing and Community Wellbeing” which explores preliminary results from two years of surveying and interviewing urban fishers in Tampa Bay, FL. She discusses the demographics of shore-side fishers and the multiple ways that fishing contributes to their wellbeing. She also raises questions about interactions between fishing spaces and infrastructures, social policies, and community wellbeing.

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