Kate Masury, Masury is the Executive Director at Eating with the Ecosystem, a small non-profit whose mission is to promote a place-based approach to sustaining New England’s wild seafood, through healthy habitats, flourishing food webs, and short, adaptive seafood supply chains. As the organization’s sole full time staff person, Kate performs many roles from organizing and running educational and outreach events, to coordinating a citizen science project with 86 participants from across New England to collect data on the availability and preference for local seafood in the New England marketplace, to conducting key informant interviews with seafood supply chain businesses about shifting species distributions, to designing fisheries interpretive signs in collaboration with local fishing communities and local seafood guides for restaurants and chefs. She has built an advisory network of chefs, fishermen, scientists, and other seafood supply chain members who lend advice and support to the organization. Kate is also a member of the Rhode Island Seafood Marketing Collaborative, Food Solutions New England, and the Local Catch Network.
A lifelong seafood lover, Kate’s enthusiasm for the marine environment stemmed from her upbringing on the coast of Maine. She earned a Bachelors of Arts in Environmental Studies from College of the Holy Cross before spending five years in the non-profit world teaching marine science to students of all ages on both the east and west coast. She then decided to pursue a career that combined her passion for marine science with her love for seafood and returned to school and received her Masters of Advanced Studies in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation from Scripps Institute of Oceanography where she focused on sustainable seafood and fisheries. While lobster will always be her favorite food, she enjoys exploring the wide variety of seafood that comes out of our New England waters.