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Summer Research Fellow

Sophie Kelmenson, a PhD candidate at UNC Chapel Hill in the Department of City and Regional Planning, will be conducting research for the Pacific Shellfish Institute for the summer of 2017, under the mentorship of Bobbi Hudson. Sophie's internship is funded by the Richard Bland Fellowship Professional Pathways Program for graduate students attending UNC.

Sophie’s work will center on two projects. The first project will be a continuation of an IMPLAN model for oyster farms on the west coast, which investigates the economic impacts of the oyster industry throughout the West Coast. She will aim to update the 2013 IMPLAN analysis as well as broaden the next assessment to consider downstream impacts of restaurants, tourism, etc within the model of the oyster industry.

The second project will be a case study of the Hog Island Oyster Company in California. Sophie will interview stakeholders and write a report that develops a narrative about how the company emerged and how and why it has grown. She will also ask about challenges that arose, and how the oyster company dealt with (or continues to deal) with those challenges.


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  • UNDERSTANDING AND PLANNING FOR LOCAL/REGIONAL OYSTER ECONOMIES. Sophie Kelmenson. Pacific Coast Shellfish Growers Association/National Shellfisheries Association - Pacific Coast Section (PCSGA/NSA-PCS) Annual Conference, Welches, Oregon, September 2017. pdf


Summer 2017 PSI Intern

Sophie Kelmenson, funded through UNC, will investigate local and regional economic impacts of the West Coast oyster industry this summer as a PSI intern.

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Abstract Summary:

"...This presentation offers the initial results of an exploratory research case study of Hog Island Oyster Company (HIOC). Starting as a farm, it has since expanded to become vertically integrated, now owning and operating seed hatchery, oyster farm, retail, restaurant, and wholesale businesses. Through interviews, economic data analysis, and archival research, this case study explores how and why vertical integration came about, and the challenges that arose. Preliminary results suggest that HIOC may take a “mission driven” approach to conducting business that aims to not only create profit but also to further specific values, in this case, furthering good working conditions, environmental stewardship, community engagement, industry collaboration and leadership, and high quality food production..."