Who am I?
My name is Norah Adams, and I'm currently a grade 10 student at Parkview Education Centre in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia. When I'm not advocating for environmental and social change you can find me playing competitive soccer, working on my graphic design skills, or serving lattes at my local coffee shop. Making an impact within my own community and beyond has always been a priority for me. Joining this project was a way for me to become self-accountable and actively align my actions with my values.
My inspiration for this project originally came from my 2019 science fair project, which focused on how different fish farming and aquaculture methods affect wild salmon. Understanding why wild salmon are at risk and why they are such an important part of our ecosystems further led to my continued research. I wanted to create a project that could be useful to everyone from community members, to aquaculture companies.
Why is this project helpful?
Escaped aquaculture is a significant concern related to wild salmon. In order for preventing escapes to be prioritized, companies need to be held accountable for when it does happen. Traceability of escaped aquaculture is a great way to do just that. The current standard for differentiating wild salmon and aquaculture salmon usually involves genetic testing. This testing can be slow, inefficient and expensive. By creating a simpler way to quickly determine the origin of a fish, we can hopefully apply this method more frequently and consistently throughout our waters in Nova Scotia and beyond.
Why involve citizen-science?
A great way to kickstart a project like this is through involving the community. My hope is to get active community members involved in applying this method as much as they can. If scenarios then arose where multiple fish were being determined as aquaculture in a wild environment, those areas could be flagged and further investigated into.
photos by David Welsford