The health and quality of life of Puget Sound residents is partially dependent on their ability to collect local resources for ceremonial, subsistence and recreation foods. Moniting the frequency with which residents do so, and how this varies by geography and demographics, can help managers understand where to prioritize efforts to protect or educate about the health of local foods.
Oregon State University Human Dimensions Lab
Data are collected every 2 years via paper survey to a random sample of Puget Sound households. The population chosen for this survey was a clustered random sample of Puget Sound residents, with an initial sample of 9,000. Due to undeliverable addresses, the total sample reached was less than 9,000. In 2018, the response rate was 28 percent for a total of 2,323 individual responses. In 2020, the response rate was 25 percent for a total of 1,843 respondents.
Also appended is a 2021 purposive sample of 180 Latinx respondents who were selected using a variety of techniques, including:
This one-time survey was conducted to approach Latinx respondents in diverse, potentially more culturally-appropriate ways, to determine if the Latinx respondents to our general public survey significantly differ from the overall Latinx population of Puget Sound (e.g., do Latinx respondents to our biennial random sample survey represent a biased group of Latinx?). To answer this question we compared the responses to the purposive sample to 1) all non-Latinx respondents in the general public survey and 2) only Latinx respondents to the general public survey.
Starting in 2020, we distinguished the tracking of shellfish harvest to include three separate categories: 1) clams, includes all clams except razor clams (e.g., geoducks, oysters and muschles), 2) crab and shrimp, and 3) squid.
On average, the majority of Puget Sound residents rarely harvest local foods other than plants and berries. The mean response to all local foods was 1.43, which equates to halfway between rarely (1-2 times per season) and never. This was true for both the random population and the purposive Latinx sample.
While on average, all counties harvested local foods rarely or between rarely and never, respondents from San Juan and Jefferson counties tended to harvest local foods more frequently.
2020 local food harvest data was not significantly different from 2018 local food harvest data. Those that harvested the least common local foods (waterfowl, deer, and elk) also tended to harvest the most frequent foods (plants, berries and mushrooms). As such, we can consider a summation of all local foods harvesting as an index for this Vital Sign.
For the random sample of Puget Sound, seven percent of the variation in responses could be predicted by demographics. Men and people living in rural areas were more likely to harvest local foods. For the Latinx purposive sample, 21 percent of the variation in responses could be explained by the fact that Latinx who were more educated were more likely to collect local foods. Based on similar types of research, other factors likely include, but cannot be demonstrated through these data, prior experience with local food harvesting, being connected to friends who harvest, and individual personality traits.
This is the second iteration of collecting these data. We do not anticipate significant differences to appear until several years of monitoring.
The Puget Sound Partnership believes in the transparency and accessibility of the data used to address progress measures. These data are provided by contributing partners to the Partnership and are made publicly available through the Puget Sound Info site. These data are available on an "as is" basis and the Partnership is not responsible for any errors, omissions, or inaccuracies. Please acknowledge the monitoring program and data source when using these data and obtain permission from the Vital Sign Indicator Reporter to use these data in a publication.
Never, Rarely (1-2 times a season), Occasionally (3-5 times a season), Regularly (6-8 times a season), Frequently (More than 10 times a season)