COVID-19 Part 4: Navigating wild waters and the ongoing pandemic crisis

October 4, 2020

When the going gets tough, the tough get going.

Joining Arica Sears on this episode of the Big Tourism podcast (Part 4 of  Arica Sears's ongoing COVID-19 series) is Kate Crump, a fishing guide and co-owner of Frigate Travel and ambassador for Patagonia, Loop Tackle, Costa, Fishpond, and Rising Tools. If she had to sum up her current situation with COVID-19 it would be ‘closed’. Business is shut down, boat launches are blocked, and clients can’t make their way out west for the guided adventure of a lifetime. But this doesn’t stop someone used to guiding groups in the wild, working alongside wolves and bears, and speaking out about important environmental issues like aerial spraying herbicides on the Oregon Coast or the proposed Pebble Mine in pristine Bristol Bay, AK. Learn how Kate is navigating the tricky waters of COVID-19, environmental activism, and small business ownership in Oregon and Alaska. Only on ASPN.

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Arica Sears

Arica Sears is a fourth generation resident of a one stoplight town on the Oregon Coast. She was raised in the hand-me-down wetsuits, life jackets, and rubber boots of her two brothers and the waters of the Nestucca River. Her International Studies degree paved the way for her to research the effects of globalization in Peru on indigenous communities, count by-catch on the Ecuadorian coast, teach English in Spain & France, guide scuba diving in Mallorca, and document timber industry practices on the Oregon Coast. Arica currently works for the Oregon Coast Visitors Association as the Destination Management Coordinator for all 363 miles of Oregon coastline. She works with land management agencies, local businesses, nonprofits, government entities, and citizens to inspire travel and strengthen collaboration to create and steward a sustainable coastal economy.