Are you a fish harvester working in Newfoundland and Labrador?
We invite all crew members, owner-operators, designated operators and owners who designated an operator to participate in an online survey about recruitment, training and retention.
Help us understand trends in recruitment, training and retention of the workforce in the fisheries in Newfoundland and Labrador. If you fish for a living you may be able to participate in an online survey created by a research team from the Ocean Frontier Institute at Memorial University.
In appreciation for your time, you may participate in the draw of one survival suit valued at $680.
Please find more information below and if you wish to participate just click on the link to the survey.
Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. ©María Andrée López Gómez
INVITATION TO PARTICIPATE IN A SURVEY FOR FISH HARVESTERS ABOUT
RECRUITMENT, TRAINING AND RETENTION IN FISHERIES
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 fisheries in Newfoundland and Labrador”.
The purpose of the study is to identify trends in recruitment, training and retention of the workforce in fisheries in Newfoundland and Labrador. 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 Ocean Frontier Institute, which is funded primarily by the Government of Canada’s the Canada First Research Excellence Fund.
If you are a fish harvester, a crew member, an owner-operator, a designated operator or an owner who designated an operator in Newfoundland and Labrador, we would like to invite you to participate in an online survey that should take about 15-20 minutes to complete. The survey contains questions about employment, crew composition, demographics (age, gender, community), your interests in participating in fish harvesting work, perceptions about the future of fisheries work and a few questions on how the COVID-19 pandemic affected work this year.
This is an anonymous survey. We will not be able to link survey results to individual participants. Potentially identifiable information such as community where you fish from will only be reported in an aggregated form or not at all if too few respondents from the same community answer the survey.
Participation in this survey is entirely voluntary. You can stop at any time and withdraw your participation and you can skip any question. Participation in this survey is not a requirement of the Newfoundland and Labrador Professional Fish Harvester Certification Board (NL-PFHCB) and of the Fish, Food and Allied Workers (FFAW) union. If you have further questions about the study you can contact Dr. Maria Lopez from Memorial University at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone to 709-770-4375.
As a modest appreciation of your participation, should you be interested, you will be eligible to enter into a draw where a participant will be randomly selected to receive a survival suit valued at $680. At the end of the survey you will be prompted to participate in the prize draw if you wish to do so.
Thank you in advance for considering to participate in the survey.
If you would like to participate, please click here: https://mun.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5bTcEbAQRioqc4t
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.