Ocean Frontier Institute's 'Informing Governance Responses in a Changing Ocean' is a collaborative research initiative that examines the consequences of social, ecological, economic and institutional changes for the future of fisheries, coastal communities and the economy of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada.
It also explores alternative options for governments and other governing actors to respond to these changes in order to help achieve a sustainable future.
The first phase of the project hosted a Taking Stock Dialogue, bringing together stakeholders from research, government, industry and the community to appraise changes that occurred (e.g. regulatory, industry, resources) leading up to and since the groundfish moratoria, critically assess current fisheries, and identify where research is required to fill knowledge gaps.
The final phase of the project will use the research results as a basis to develop and host a Getting it Right Dialogue, where stakeholders will be invited to discuss options for Newfoundland and Labrador's fisheries and to develop short- and long-term governance responses.
The research program includes five projects critical to informing current and future governance:
ACCESS TO RESOURCES & MARKETS
Sub-module I-1 investigates access to resources and markets in Newfoundland and Labrador in the context of changing certification and international trade agreements.
Sub-module I-2 aims to learn about recruitment and retention in Newfoundland and Labrador, within small scale fisheries and intergenerational transfer of fishing enterprises.
Sub-module I-3 explores the perceptions, values and knowledge of people living in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Sub-module I-4 is about addressing known or suspected fleet design, operation and related marine safety training, technological and governance challenges to help reduce risk in future Newfoundland and Labrador's fisheries.
Sub-module I-5 is focused on addressing questions of vulnerability and viability in Newfoundland and Labrador, bringing sustainability, rural, gender, aboriginal and social power lenses to research and consultations.
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