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Catherine Kastleman

Catherine Kastleman

Research Assistant

Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future

How to Comprehend a Fish

Tilapia at the CLF Aquaponics facility.

Tilapia at the CLF Aquaponics facility.

“I learned more about fish than I ever imagined I would in my lifetime.”

This is the answer that I sometimes give to my friends when they ask me what it is exactly I was doing as a Research Assistant here at the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future. And despite how it may sound at first, it was some of the most exciting academic work I have ever had the opportunity to undertake.

Over the past few months, under the guidance of my supervisor, Dr. David Love, I analyzed data on the production and consumption Read More >

Environmental Effects of Marine Finfish Aquaculture

Marine salmon aquaculture in Scotland, U.K.

Marine salmon aquaculture in Scotland, U.K.

Over 20 million tons of fish per year are farmed in marine environments to meet a rapidly increasing global demand for seafood. Americans eat around 3 ounces of seafood per week, and the 2010 USDA Dietary Guidelines suggest that we more than double consumption. But how will the production of all that fish affect the world’s oceans? Can we meet growing demand in a way that is environmentally sustainable?

In a recent review article published in Aquaculture Environment Interactions, Carol Price and James Morris from the Center for Coastal Fisheries and Habitat Research at NOAA Read More >

Maryland Farm Food Donation Tax Credit Bill Under Consideration


Facilities for food storage and preparation, as well as community events, under construction at Farming 4 Hunger

In a potential windfall for Maryland farmers and community food security advocates, the Maryland General Assembly is considering a bill that would give farmers a tax credit for donating their produce to eligible organizations. The credit would be for 50 percent of the food donation’s wholesale value (75 percent if the produce is certified organic) up to a total of $5,000 per farmer for the tax years 2015-2017.

The bill also re-establishes the Hub and Spoke task force, which was charged with implementing a program for improving fresh farm food access for working poor and low-income communities in Southern Maryland. Read More >