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Contribute to Ocean Frontier Institute's Research on Recruitment, Training & Retention in Small-Scale Fisheries in Newfoundland

by María Andrée López Gómez

If you are a fish harvester, a crew member, a new entrant into the industry or considering fishing for future employment, and are 19 years or older, we would like to talk to you! 


Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. ©María Andrée López Gómez

María López Gómez and Nicole Power are members of a research team from the Ocean Frontier Institute at Memorial University of Newfoundland, and we are conducting a research project called “Recruitment, training and retention in small-scale fisheries in Newfoundland”.


The purpose of the study is to identify trends in recruitment and retention of the workforce in fisheries in the region of Newfoundland. The identification of trends will deepen our understanding of the interactions between governance and other factors (ecological, economic, social-cultural) that affect the intergenerational resilience of small scale fisheries. This research is funded by the Canada First Research Excellence Fund, through the Ocean Frontier Institute.


If you are a fish harvester, a crew member, a new entrant into the industry or considering fishing for future employment, and are 19 years or older, we would like to talk to you! We want to invite you to participate in an interview in which you will be asked about issues related to recruitment, training and retention in the fisheries sector that are important for you and your community. Participation will consist of taking part in an interview of about 1 hour in length and by phone, Skype, Zoom or Webex. If you agree to an interview by phone, Skype, Zoom or Webex we will send you an electronic copy of the consent form for review prior to the interview and you will be asked to provide verbal consent at the start of the interview.


Participation in this study is entirely voluntary. Participation in this study is NOT a requirement of the Marine Institute; the Professional Fish Harvester’s Certification Board; Fish, Food and Allied Workers, or any other organisation distributing this invitation. Only the researchers associated with this project will know the identity of people who decide to participate or not in the study. Your name will not be identified in any written report or publication resulting from this research. If you participate, you are free to withdraw from the study for up to six months after the interview. There will be no negative consequences for withdrawing from the study.


If you are interested in participating in this study, I would be happy to schedule, you can contact me with questions about the project at or by phone at 709-770-4375.


The proposal for this research has been reviewed by the Interdisciplinary Committee on Ethics in Human Research and found to be in compliance with Memorial University’s ethics policy. If you have ethical concerns about the research, such as your rights as a participant, you may contact the Chairperson of the ICEHR at or by telephone at 709-864-2861.


Written by María Andrée López Gómez

María Andrée López Gómez is a postdoctoral fellow in the Sociology Department at Memorial University, funded by the Ocean Frontier Institute. She works in sub-module I-2 investigating issues of recruitment, training and retention of people into small-scale fisheries in Newfoundland and Labrador. As an Occupational Health Epidemiologist, María has worked doing research on labour market policies and organizational policies and how they impact workers’ health and well-being outcomes.  

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