Eat Like A Fish Eligibility Survey

Citizen Scientists Wanted: 

Eating with the Ecosystem is looking for New England seafood lovers to take part in a citizen science research project! Eating with the Ecosystem is a small non-profit whose mission is to design and promote a place-based approach to sustaining New England’s wild seafood. We are looking for participants from all New England States to participate in this study. This is a fun opportunity to eat and become more knowledgeable about local seafood while also helping to collect valuable information and meeting fellow seafood lovers. If interested, please read the Project Description below.

Study Time Frame: May-October

Stipend: $50/month ($300 total)

All New England based seafood eaters welcome to apply!

Must apply by March 31st. 50 participants will be chosen. 

Project Description:

Eating with the Ecosystem is conducting a citizen science research project, as part of a larger study in partnership with the University of Rhode Island to understand the disparities between the relative production of marketable seafood species from our New England marine ecosystems and the relative landings of these species in our local fisheries, highlighting opportunities for greater utilization of species whose production is high relative to their landings; i.e. what species are our ecosystems producing a lot of, that we could be eating more of. Eating with the Ecosystem will use this information to create a science based template for a better overall ecosystem-marketplace match for New England seafood, helping to balance our ecosystems, support local fisheries, and increase consumer awareness.

We are looking for participants within New England to take part in our citizen science research. Participants will help identify, from an end-user perspective, the feasibility of eating seafood in greater symmetry to the ecosystem by helping to answer questions such as, what species are difficult to find in local markets, are certain species more difficult to cook with than others, do consumers need to be provided with extra information to know how to cook with certain species, what factors influence consumer preference when it comes to seafood, etc. 

The study will have two parts:

Part 1: “Eat Like a Fish”

Participants will be given a list of local New England seafood species and tasked with purchasing, preparing, and eating a different species from that list at least once a week. The study will take place for 26 weeks between May and October, during which participants will be expected to purchase and consume a different local species for at least 20 of the 26 weeks. All species, must be locally landed in New England or New York.

Participants will then be provided with a website where they will fill out surveys and record notes about their seafood purchases. They will also be asked to blog about their experience with each species in a “Fish Diary Blog”, posting photos, videos, and writing about what it was like to search for the fish, buy it, prepare it, and eat it. They will describe, what went well and what didn’t, what they learned, and their overall experience with each fish.

As part of our study, a seafood stipend of $50/month ($300 for the project period of May-October) will be given to participants to offset additional expenses associated with purchasing seafood once a week.

Part 2: “Monthly Market Observer”

Participants will also be asked to do a monthly seafood market survey, at a specific market, once a month from May through October. During the survey, they will record information such as the species available, the price per pound, the country or region of origin, the product form, and if there are any eco-labels or traceability information displayed. They are not required to purchase any seafood as par

* 1. Name:

* 2. E-mail:

* 3. Phone number:

* 4. Address (please include zipcode):

* 5. Do you eat seafood?

* 6. How often do you typically eat seafood at home?

* 7. Are you the one who cooks the seafood at home? (If you answered “Never” to question 6, you may skip this question).

* 8. Where do you purchase your seafood? Please rank in frequency on a scale of 1-5 for each: 1: I only buy my seafood from this one source, 2: I often buy my seafood from this source, 3: I occasionally buy my seafood from this source, 4: I almost never buy my seafood from this source, 5: I never buy my seafood from this source

  1: I only buy my seafood from this one source 2: I often buy my seafood from this source 3: I occasionally buy my seafood from this source 4: I almost never buy my seafood from this source 5: I never buy my seafood from this source
Supermarket seafood counter (e.g. Stop & Shop, Shaws, Walmart, Hannaford)
Specialty Supermarket (e.g. Whole Foods, Dave’s, Belmonts, other local grocery chain)
Warehouse Retailers (e.g. Costco, BJ’s, Sam’s Club)
Fish/Seafood market
Farmers market
Online or Direct orders
CSF (Community Supported Fishery)
Dockside sale, direct from Fisherman
Given to me by friends or family
I catch my own seafood

* 9. Can you commit to purchasing, preparing, and consuming seafood about once per week for 20 weeks (out of 26 weeks between May-October) as guided by our experiment protocols, and recording details about each experience via the project’s website and blog?

* 10. Do you have a smartphone, tablet, or computer with access to the internet?

* 11. Are you comfortable using your smartphone, tablet, or computer to complete surveys, write and submit blog entries, and upload photos and/or video?

* 12. For this project, you will be required to answer questions and write about your experience in English. Are you fluent in spoken and written English?

Demographic Information

We are also collecting demographic information about our participants. 

* 13. Age:

* 15. Career (what you currently do or if retired, what did you previously do? If you are a student, what are you studying?):

* 16. Highest education level attained:

* 17. How would you describe your cultural or culinary heritage? Check all that apply:

* 18. Annual household income:

* 19. How did you hear about this citizen science project? Check all that apply.