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Ocean Frontier Institute Module I Represented at the Society of Policy Scientists’ Annual Institute

Tue Nov 30 2021 03:45:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

Every year, the Society of Policy Scientists meets for its annual Institute. Lillian Saul and Evan Andrews (OFI - Module I) participated in this year’s Institute themed Policy Sciences for Complex Problem-Solving. Learn about their transdisciplinary approach to research, which helps strengthen how the problem is framed and how the research is conducted.


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What does 'getting small right' mean to you?

Tue Nov 30 2021 03:30:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

On November 26th, as part of the MUN Research Week, the Too Big To Ignore: Global Partnership for Small-Scale Fisheries (SSF) Research hosted an interactive event to raise awareness and initiate a conversation about the contributions of SSF on a local and global scale, addressing topics such as of food justice, scale, governance, and creating just spaces for fishing people.


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Sharing what We do about the Oceans

Tue Nov 30 2021 03:30:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

As a contribution to the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030), a knowledge-sharing platform is being created to learn about who's doing what in ocean-related research and to foster interdisciplinary collaboration and partnership.


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Steering a Blue Economy

Tue Nov 30 2021 03:30:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

Ocean Frontier Institute Module I (OFI-I) researchers have been working to engage in discussions to inform the Blue Economy for Atlantic Canada and beyond. In focus this month are examples of research that will shape discussions at the 4th World Small-Scale Fisheries Congress (4WSFC): North America (St. John's, NL, June 20-22, 2022) about how to get the Blue Economy right.


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People and the Ocean Speaker Series: A talk by Ben Belton

Mon Nov 01 2021 03:00:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

OFI's Social Sciences and Humanities Working Group hosts the People and the Ocean Speaker Series. The second webinar in the series features Dr. Ben Belton from WorldFish and Michigan State University, who will present "Complicating contemporary narratives around marine finfish farming", and discuss the privatization of marine spaces by conservationists and extractive industries to the exclusion of fishers.

This talk will take place on November 9th, 2021. Click below to register.

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Congratulations Ruyel for successful completion of Master of Arts in Geography

Mon Nov 01 2021 02:55:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

Ruyel Miah has successfully completed his Master of Arts in Geography from Memorial University of Newfoundland. His thesis research entitled “Access to markets for small-scale fisheries: challenges and opportunities during and after the COVID-19 pandemic”, was  funded by Ocean Frontier Institute (OFI) Module-I, and completed under the supervision of Module-I lead Dr. Ratana Chuenpagdee, and supervisory committee members Dr. Gabriela Sabau, OFI Sub-Module I-1 (i.e., Access to Markets and Resources) and Dr. Mohammad Mahmudul Islam, former OFI Postdoctoral fellow.

Read more about Ruyel's research below.

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Announcement & Call for abstracts: 4WSFC Europe - September 12-14, 2022, Malta

Mon Nov 01 2021 02:50:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

Under the theme ‘Imagine the (Un)Imaginable’, the congress provides a platform for an open and forward-looking discussion about the options and opportunities for small-scale fisheries in Europe, including those that may seem unlikely or inconceivable. With many things working for and against small-scale fisheries in Europe nowadays, the latter includes, among others, declining fish stocks, competition for resource and markets, and the ageing population of fishers, it is imperative to foster an environment of cooperation among various stakeholder that enables envisioning prospective future for this vital sector. Building on the knowledge and experience about factors and conditions for viable small-scale fisheries in Europe, the congress offers an exceptional opportunity to co-create vision(s) of what small-scale fisheries in Europe could look like, share and exchange ideas about what it will take to get there, and discuss actions and priorities in national and regional governance that could lead to sustainable future for small-scale fisheries in Europe.


By facilitating knowledge exchange, strengthening collaboration among small-scale fisheries networks and organizations, and mobilizing support for the viability and sustainability of small-scale fisheries, the congress will also promote the development of strategies in support of the implementation of the SSF Guidelines and the incorporation of small-scale fisheries in SDGs.


The abstracts for 4WSFC Europe can be submitted now, as individual papers & special sessions. The deadline for abstract submission is January 15, 2021.

Visit the 4WSFC website to submit your abstract and find more information!

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Rashid Sumaila: Navigating Pathways to a Sustainable Ocean

Mon Nov 01 2021 02:45:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

“Economists know the price of everything, but the value of nothing. If this is true: what is the value of fish?”

- Dr. Rashid Sumaila


In his new book, "Infinity Fish: Economics and the Future of Fish and Fisheries", Dr. Sumaila discusses the disconnect between traditional fisheries economics and laws and policies. He takes an holistic approach to considering the value of fish; a view that includes fish as food for more than just humans. Here, we reflect on the ideas Dr. Sumaila discussed at the SSH People and the Ocean Speaker Series and their implications for fisheries governance.

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Marine safety in a changing ocean: Climate adaptation for OHS

Mon Nov 01 2021 02:40:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

Greenhouse gas emissions are unequivocally driving climate change, contributing to ocean warming, sea-ice loss, and increasing frequency and intensity of extreme weather events. The consequences of these changes are often discussed in terms of biodiversity loss, habitat destruction, human displacement, and lost livelihoods. Marine safety is discussed far less often but underpins many of the challenges resulting from climate change. Here, we discuss challenges of climate adaptation for the safety of fishers.

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Doing What We Love: Stories from an all-female Gillnetter in Bristol Bay, Alaska - Part III: Why I am a Small-Scale Fisheries Researcher

Mon Nov 01 2021 02:35:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

"When I departed my home fishing community to come to graduate school in Canada, I received words of desperation. My captain started calling me, “the policy-maker.” I only hope to contribute to a conversation that is far larger and to which many scholars, communities and fishing people have dedicated their lives. I feel I can do more here at school than from the stern of the lobster boat. I am a scientist now, and I’m still learning what that means. But I will always carry the perspective of a fishing person inside of me."

Lil reflects on her path to becoming an inshore fisheries researcher and discusses power inequities in small-scale fisheries in the final story in a three-part series titled: Doing What We Love: Stories from an all-Female Gillnetter in Bristol Bay, Alaska.

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Food from climate-friendly fish farms? Balancing aquaculture development and sustainability in feeding the world

Mon Nov 01 2021 02:30:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

Aquaculture, or the farming of aquatic plants and animals, is the fastest growing food sector in the world, and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) expects aquaculture will be crucial to meet the nutrition needs for a growing human population. Ensuring aquaculture developments, and all food systems, are socially responsible, sustainable, and resilient to climate change impacts is an important part of the food security conversation in NL, North America, and globally.

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People and the Ocean Speaker Series: Rashid Sumaila

Fri Oct 01 2021 03:00:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

OFI's Social Sciences and Humanities Working Group hosts the People and the Ocean Speaker Series. This month features Dr. Rashid Sumaila from the University of British Columbia will present "Interdisciplinary ocean and fisheries economics in action", and discuss the OceansCanada Partnership and their contribution to supporting resilient and sustainable oceans on all Canadian coasts.

This talk will take place on October 6th, 2021. Registration information below!

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New Paper: Full spectrum sustainability and a theory of access: Integrating social benefits into fisheries governance

Fri Oct 01 2021 02:45:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

A new paper by Parlee et al. provides a new approach to address the equitable and effective distribution of access to and benefits from fisheries resources. The authors combine Access Theory with a full-spectrum sustainability framework to support the social and economic dimensions of integrated fisheries governance, and provide 5 immediate uses of these combined frameworks to support the UN Sustainable Development Goal 14b (Provide access for small-scale artisanal fishers to marine resources and markets) and UN Ocean Decade outcomes.

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Announcement: 4th World Small-Scale Fisheries Congress

Fri Oct 01 2021 02:40:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

The 4th World Small-Scale Fisheries Congress (4WSFC) is a transdisciplinary forum for anyone interested in small-scale fisheries. There will be five regional congresses hosted around the world throughout Summer and Autumn 2022, coinciding with the International Year for Artisanal Fisheries and Aquaculture (IYAFA 2022). 4WSFC aims to celebrate IYAFA 2022, and to build research and governance capacity, strengthen local and regional organizations and networks, and support the implementation of the SSF Guidelines.

The Call for Abstracts is now open for the second congress in the series, “4WSFC North America: Getting IT Right”, held in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, and co-hosted by OFI Module-I and TBTI Global. The third congress, ‘4WSFC Europe”, will be held in Valletta, Malta.

Visit the 4WSFC website to submit your abstract and find more information!

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Doing What We Love: Stories from an all-female Gillnetter in Bristol Bay, Alaska

Part II: Unexpected Community

Fri Oct 01 2021 02:35:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

"Communities come in many forms and are constantly adapting. Some communities take hundreds of years to build, others just one moment. We return to fish year after year, not because it makes life easier, or because we are there to become rich, or famous, but because it is the place we feel most at home and also the freest to be ourselves."

This is the second story in a three-part series titled: Doing What We Love: Stories from an all-Female Gillnetter in Bristol Bay, Alaska. Next month Lil will share why she is an inshore fisheries researcher, reflecting on these stories!

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October In-Focus: Climate change mitigation and adaptation: Why it matters for small-scale fisheries

Fri Oct 01 2021 02:30:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

“Small-scale coastal fisheries are increasingly becoming vulnerable to climate and environmental changes because of their direct dependence and a range of interactions not only with the major drivers causing these changes but most importantly with the resulting consequences for their lives, livelihoods, and their entire social-ecological identities."

This quote from Prof. Prateep Nayak, who leads a new partnership project ‘Vulnerability to Viability (V2V): Global Partnership for Building Strong Small-Scale Fisheries Communities,’ is a good reminder of the differentiated effects of climate change on the lives and livelihoods of SSF around the world. It also points to the need for better thinking around climate change mitigation and adaptation, which is critical and timely given the upcoming United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26). This month, we focus in on climate change adaptation strategies for SSF and the importance of local context.

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New Opportunity: Video-making Co-production Workshop

Fri Sep 03 2021 02:30:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

Are you interested in creating high-quality visual content using videos from field research or other projects? The Too Big To Ignore Partnership is hosting a "Video-making Co-production Workshop" to share knowledge, and build capacity and skills to co-create practical and applicable products to advance small-scale fisheries.

If you're interested, contact tbti.global@gmail.com by September 15th, 2021. See below for more information!

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Call for Applications: OFI Seed Fund

Wed Sep 01 2021 02:55:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

The OFI Seed Fund provides financial support for ocean-related innovation projects. This opportunity is open to current* faculty, staff, technicians, postdocs, or students at Dalhousie University, Memorial University of Newfoundland, University of Prince Edward Island, and/or University of New Brunswick (*as of July 31, 2021).

Deadline for applications is September 30th, 2021. See below for more information and to apply!

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Save the Date: Ocean Frontiers Institute's 2022 Biennial Conference

Wed Sep 01 2021 02:50:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

The Ocean Frontier Institute's third biennial conference will highlight the work of OFI researchers and partners working in ocean science and social science, technology development and innovation. The conference will host workshops, seminars, student presentations and keynote talks, and more!

The conference will take place in Halifax, Nova Scotia from May 16-19.

Save the date, more information coming soon!

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4th World Small-Scale Fisheries Congress

Wed Sep 01 2021 02:45:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

The 4th World Small-Scale Fisheries Congress (4WSFC) is a transdisciplinary forum for anyone interested in small-scale fisheries. There will be 5 regional congresses hosted around the world throughout Summer and Autumn 2022, coinciding with the International Year for Artisanal Fisheries and Aquaculture (IYAFA 2022). 4WSFC aims to celebrate IYAFA 2022, and to build research and governance capacity, strengthen local and regional organizations and networks, and support the implementation of the SSF Guidelines.

The Call for Abstracts is now open for the first congress in the series, “4WSFC Asia-Pacific: Building Forward Better”, held in Shizuoka City and co-hosted by Tokai University and TBTI Japan. The second congress, ‘4WSFC North America”, will be hosted by Memorial University in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador.

Visit the 4WSFC website to submit your abstract and find more information!

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