RECRUITMENT, TRAINING & RETENTION
An international comparative study of governance and recruitment, training and retention of young people and others interested in changing careers into small-scale seasonal fisheries.
This research submodule carries out an international comparative study of governance and recruitment, training and retention of young people and others interested in changing careers into small-scale seasonal fisheries, building on previous work conducted by team members as well as reflecting on current issues.
Transferring and adapting research designs used in existing extensive and longitudinal research on recruitment and retention in Norwegian fisheries carried out by co-investigator Johnsen (UiT, Norway) offers an important opportunity to deepen our understanding of the interactions between governance and other factors (ecological, economic, social-cultural) that have, are and could affect the intergenerational resilience of small-scale fisheries over the next decade or so and to inform strategies to creatively support this transition and monitor trends in the longer term.
Building on a background paper on governance and recruitment, training and retention in the Newfoundland and Labrador fisheries since the 1980s, this research sub-module will transfer and adapt a survey instrument used in Norway to the Newfoundland and Labrador context and embed survey findings in a larger research study including key informant interviews and government and industry consultations to help understand underlying processes and dynamics and identify potential policies that could improve recruitment and retention in the longer term.
The sub-module aims to identify potential pilot and other initiatives that might contribute to future recruitment, training and retention of small scale fishing enterprises in Newfoundland and Labrador and elsewhere. This approach will also allow the team to compare relevant governance and other processes in Norway and Newfoundland and Labrador and their relationship to recruitment, training and retention.