Marah Hardt is both a scientist and a storyteller, focused on our oceans. In this interview, we dive into some of her research on the global impacts of COVID on seafood. We also talk about her book Sex in the Sea and explore topics like how human activities- including those leading to climate change- are wrecking havoc on how fish mate in the sea.
A scientist and storyteller, Marah works at the crossroads of research, strategy, and communication to build a sustainable future for people and the sea. As founder of OceanInk LLC, Marah has worked to develop solutions to advance coral reef health, reduce overfishing, and address climate change impacts on marine life. At the time of this interview (March 1, 2022), she was Director of Discovery at the non-profit Future of Fish, working with innovators to build a more sustainable and equitable seafood industry. When not thinking about how to redesign seafood supply chains, Marah enjoys talking and writing about the wonderful and weird wildlife of the sea, and why oceans are so important to the well-being of our planet. This includes her book, Sex In The Sea (St. Martin’s Press, 2016), which connects the timeless topic of sex with the timely issue of sustainable oceans. She received her PhD in marine science from Scripps Institution of Oceanography and her undergraduate degree in History of Science from Harvard University. She lives on the Big Island in Hawaii, where she spends as much time in the sea as possible.
Future of Fish website
Knight et al, 2020 Effects of COVID-19 on Small-scale fisheries
Stoll et al. 2021. Alternative Seafood Networks during COVID
Love et al, 2020 (on building resilience in seafood sector)
Coastal Routes did a whole series: "Social FISHtancing" with great episodes focused on different ways COVID is impacting fisheries around the world
Marah’s recommendations for parents/kids:
Shark Lady: The true Story of How Eugenie Clark became the Ocean's most fearless scientist (Jess Keating and Marta Álvarez Miguéns)
They All Saw A Cat (Brendan Wenzel)