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New Research Assistants

Meet our newest Research Assistants who have recently joined OFI Module I and our partner Too Big To Ignore!

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Jeremy McNiven

Jeremy is doing a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Political Science at Memorial University of Newfoundland

"I am from Torbay, Newfoundland - a small community just outside St. John’s. I grew up hearing all about my grandfather who was the last fisherman in our family and always wanted to contribute to the conservation of small-scale fisheries in some way. When I was offered this opportunity, I jumped at the chance to be a part of something that is so close to my heart. My background in Political Science works well with what OFI is trying to achieve as fisheries governance is driven in large part by political factors. This work term has been a great experience so far and I am excited to see how things progress over time. I have already learned so much from the team here at OFI and TBTI. I hope to contribute my skillset to the ever-important work that is being done here as we progress towards Getting IT Right."

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Rylan Command

Rylan is a graduate student at the Marine Institute of Memorial University of Newfoundland in the Fisheries Science and Technology program.

“I practically grew up in a tidepool; the salty spray of the ocean is at the heart of everything I do. I am an ecologist by training and by nature, and I love thinking about how plants and animals have evolved their life-history strategies, adapted to their niches, and how they are being affected by rapid environmental change. I’m particularly interested in fisheries and food systems, and the way in which humans use and distribute marine resources globally. I am very grateful for the opportunity to work with OFI and TBTI, and to learn about ecological, socio-economic, and cultural importance of small-scale fisheries and their role in sustaining the lives and livelihoods of billions of people. I hope to learn from members of OFI and TBTI and build lasting connections within the ocean governance research community."

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