The Activism of Rugged Seas: Apparel from Recycled Fishing Gear | Sea Change

January 14, 2022

Preserving the working waterfront one bib at a time!

Join Jenna and her guests Nikki and Taylor Strout for her first episode of the year. During this episode, they discuss Rugged Seas, the clothing and apparel company Nikki and Taylor founded that crafts their products from recycled fishing gear. In addition to recycling gear, they partner with fishing communities to ensure that watermen and women have the community infrastructure and environmental resources to maintain Maine's coastal cultural identity and sustain vibrant working waterfronts.

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Jenna Valente

A passion for conservation and appreciation for the natural world was engrained in Jenna at a young age. Her father was in the Coast Guard. This meant she always had the fortune of living near the ocean, including Hawaii, Washington State, and Maine. Both of her parents encouraged her to spend the majority of her time outside. As a result, she finds that she is most comfortable barefoot and exploring the coast, countryside, or mountains. Her favorite thing about the ocean is the sheer power of it all. Jenna joined the American Littoral Society as the Healthy Oceans Coalition Coordinator from the Chesapeake Research Consortium where she was a member of the communications staff and focused on building the brand of the program and ensure the health of the Chesapeake Bay. Jenna completed her Executive Master of Natural Resources from Virginia Tech in 2015 and also has her Bachelors in Communication and Journalism from the University of Maine.