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Blue Dot: Aquaculture 101 with Katie Mackey Harris

Katie Mackey Harris releasing an endangered winter-run Chinook Salmon.
Mt. Lassen Trout
Katie Mackey Harris releasing an endangered winter-run Chinook Salmon.

Host Dave Schlom is joined by special guest and co-host Katie Mackey Harris for a look at the world of aquaculture in the western United States. Harris is the President and General Manager of Mt. Lassen Trout, a family-owned company and trout farm operation in Northern California.

After learning a bit about Katie's background as a fish farmer, Dave and Katie visit with Dr. Jesse Trushenski, Chief Science Officer for the Riverence group of aquaculture companies based in Washington and Idaho. Trushenski dispels some common myths and discusses what's on the cutting edge of fish farming in the U.S. and how aquaculture is a viable solution to help feed a hungry planet.

In the final segment, Katie and Dave are joined by Dr. Jackson Gross, UC Davis Extension Aquaculture Specialist who discusses the diverse world of aquaculture and how applied science is enhancing sustainable practices.

Dave Schlom is the longtime host and creator of Blue Dot. From surfing to Voyager in interstellar space, rock guitar to orcas in our imperiled oceans, the topics on Blue Dot are as varied as the host’s interests and connections -- which are pretty limitless! An internationally respected space history journalist, Dave is also deeply fascinated by all aspects of the grand workings of nature’s awesome machinery on scales ranging from galactic to subatomic. And topics take in all aspects of the arts and sciences.
Matt Fidler is a producer and sound designer with over 15 years’ experience producing nationally distributed public radio programs. He has worked for shows such as Freakonomics Radio, Selected Shorts, Studio 360, The New Yorker Radio Hour and The Takeaway. In 2017, Matt launched the language podcast Very Bad Words, hitting the #28 spot in the iTunes podcast charts.