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A Reflection on Kevin St Martin’s talk: Creating Openings for Community and Commons in the Digital Ocean

There is currently a large amount of ocean data being collected and stored in online dedicated databases, often open-source and these data are being used to aid in Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) for resource extraction, marine conservation area designation and to secure boundaries for sovereign states economic exclusion zones. This data could lead to “Communities being related, connected and integrated into an emerging understanding of the ocean”, said Dr. Kevin St. Martin.


In other words, it can help create communities at sea.


Mon May 02 2022 03:00:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

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Getting Conservation Right – The Pairs Game is Here!

What does it mean to get marine conservation right? 


The interdisciplinary team behind the ‘Getting Conservation Right’ platform has added several methods to engage with the discussion, one of which is  The Pairs Game. But it is really not a game as there is no winner or loser. In fact, there is no right or wrong answer in the game either.


Mon May 02 2022 03:00:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

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Getting Conservation Right - Website Launch


This ‘In Focus’ piece highlights the recently launched website, Getting Conservation Right, that focuses on marine conservation in Newfoundland and Labrador. What does it mean to get marine conservation right? This platform offers a collaborative space for people to talk about this big question and sets the stage for learning about exciting prospects for marine conservation in Newfoundland and Labrador.



Mon Apr 04 2022 03:00:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

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Canadian Fisheries Research Network framework meets Access Theory


While there is growing recognition that diverse societal considerations need to be integrated into management to achieve sustainability, contemporary management approaches remain dominated by natural and physical sciences (Hector et al 2020; Bavinck & Verrips 2020). As a result, there has been a significant lack of capacity to integrate human dimensions into governance and management processes to achieve sustainability (UN 2009; Stephenson et al 2017). Furthermore, methods for analyzing access and benefits in the context of sustainability frameworks are lacking.


Mon Feb 28 2022 04:00:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

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Recent webinar: Language is Power: How to talk about and act on “Blue Justice” for small-scale fisheries

Thu Feb 24 2022 04:00:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

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Canada’s Marine Conservation Target Initiative – Bringing It Home

Local Indigenous and non-indigenous knowledge and perspectives have long been integral to the health of our ecosystems. However, the need to include these perspectives into the decision-making process for conservation has only been recently recognized in Canada. Local perspectives come from generations of lived experience within these marine and coastal spaces. These insights can be invaluable when directing efforts of marine conservation that will work effectively to protect ecologically diverse areas while also catering to the needs of coastal communities who rely on these areas for their livelihoods.


This ‘In Focus’ piece will discuss the recent announcement of the Marine Conservation Targets and how early collaboration with coastal communities is a vital step in successfully reaching these targets, especially for the Atlantic province of Newfoundland and Labrador.


Tue Feb 01 2022 04:00:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

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Marloes Kraan: How can we as marine social scientists become more relevant?

On January 19, during the OFI People and the Ocean Speaker Series, Dr. Kraan talked about the role and relevance of marine social scientists in today’s world seas and oceans governance. She presented the ongoing developments such as the attention on the ‘social dimension of fisheries’ in the UN policy and the increasing number of marine social science research and provided examples of the applied social science work she was involved in within the European context. She also talked about the role of marine social scientists as a bridge between policymakers and academic scientists and the urgency to act. In her talk, she posed a question: how can we as marine social scientists become as relevant as possible to make a difference before it is too late?


Tue Feb 01 2022 04:00:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

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Virtual Book Launch: Infinity Fish by Dr. Rashid Sumaila

Pursuing systematic change in the fisheries sector or interested in the preservation of marine resources? Join us for this virtual book launch by author and professor Rashid Sumaila and engage in a discussion on his new book, Infinity Fish: Economics and the Future of Fish and Fisheries.


Thursday, February 10, 2022

12:30 pm - 1:50 pm PT

Zoom webinar

Please register in advance


Speaker: Dr. Rashid Sumaila, University Killam Professor, School of Public Policy and Global Affairs; Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries, UBC

Discussant: Farha Guerrero, Host of The Blue Hour, UBC's CiTR 101.9FM 



Tue Feb 01 2022 04:00:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

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Recruitment, training and retention in small-scale fisheries in Newfoundland and Labrador

Small-scale enterprises play a key role in anchoring fisheries wealth and employment in rural regions of the province and their ongoing strong presence in the Newfoundland and Labrador fisheries is testimony to their resilience. However, relatively few younger harvesters have entered small-scale fisheries in recent decades and the existing cohort is aging rapidly pointing to a looming recruitment problem.

This past December María Andrée López Gómez, a former OFI Module I postdoctoral fellow, gave at talk as part of MIGS seminar series in which she presented research done in the Sub-module I-2 that aims to identify trends in recruitment, training and retention of the workforce in fisheries in the region of NL and understand the processes and dynamics surrounding training and retention in fisheries.


Fri Jan 07 2022 05:00:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

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OFI Postdoctoral Fellow Position


OFI Module I is hiring a Postdoctoral Fellow, based at the Department of Geography at Memorial University in St. John’s, NL Canada. The fellowship is for one year, beginning as early as possible.



Thu Jan 06 2022 05:00:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

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Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) Oceans Management Contribution Agreements Program

On December 15, the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, the Honourable Joyce Murray, announced a national Call for Proposals process to support the achievement of Canada's Marine Conservation Targets through outreach, monitoring and stewardship, and capacity building.

Thu Jan 06 2022 05:00:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

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All Things Considered for Migrant Fish Workers

“You are entering a COVID-19 Zone. No docking without permission”. In early 2021, this is a sign you might find if you are a seafarer landing in Taiwan after possibly years away on a distant water fishing vessel. On December 9th, Dr. Melissa Marshke (University of Ottawa), on behalf of Dr. Peter Vandergeest (York University), discussed vulnerabilities brought on and revealed by COVID-19 for seafaring migrant fish workers in Asia and the implications for Atlantic Canada in a presentation, “Seafarers in Industrial Fishing: Examining Migrant Worker Precarity”


As the Omicron variant intensifying globally, understanding COVID-19 in the seafood industry remains a timely and critical topic both near and far from the North Atlantic Ocean. In focus in this month’s newsletter are key points, discussion, and prospects from Marshke and Vandergeest’s presentation, during the latest seminar from the Ocean Frontier Institute Social Science and Humanities Working Group (OFI SSH) - People and the Ocean Speaker Series.


Thu Jan 06 2022 05:00:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

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

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.


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

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What does 'getting small right' mean to you?

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.


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

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Sharing what We do about the Oceans

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.


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

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Steering a Blue Economy

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.


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

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

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.

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

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Congratulations Ruyel for successful completion of Master of Arts in Geography

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.

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

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

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!

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

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Rashid Sumaila: Navigating Pathways to a Sustainable Ocean

“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.

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

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