WATCH NOW: 'GOVERNANCE IN A CHANGING NORTH ATLANTIC OCEAN: A WEBINAR SERIES FOR A SUSTAINABLE OCEAN AND VIABLE FISHING COMMUNITIES'!
Our OFI Module I webinar series 'Governance in a Changing North Atlantic Ocean' was a success, thanks to you! The webinar series took place from September 15 to October 1, 2020, bringing together over one hundred participants from academia, government, industry and communities. They shared knowledge and discussed key governance issues such as access to fisheries resources and markets, recruitment, training and retention into fisheries, people’s perceptions, values and knowledge of the ocean, marine operational health and safety, vulnerability and viability of coastal communities, and indigenous fisheries. In case you missed one of the six sessions, you can now watch the recorded webinars on our YouTube channel!
CONTRIBUTE TO OFI RESEARCH ON RECRUITMENT, TRAINING & RETENTION IN SMALL-SCALE FISHERIES IN NEWFOUNDLAND!
If you are a fish harvester, a crew member, a new entrant into the industry or considering fishing for future employment, and are 19 years or older, we would like to talk to you! María López Gómez and Nicole Power are members of Ocean Frontier Institute's 'Informing Governance Responses in a Changing Ocean' research team and are conducting a research project called “Recruitment, training and retention in small-scale fisheries in Newfoundland”. They want to invite you to participate in an interview in which you will be asked about issues related to recruitment, training and retention in the fisheries sector that are important for you and your community. Click below to learn more.
GOVERNANCE IN A CHANGING NORTH ATLANTIC OCEAN: A WEBINAR SERIES FOR A SUSTAINABLE OCEAN & VIABLE FISHING COMMUNITIES
The webinar series ‘Governance in a Changing North Atlantic Ocean’ organized by OFI Module I is a forum for researchers, governments, industries and communities to share knowledge and discuss key governance issues, such as access to fisheries resources and markets, recruitment, training and retention into fisheries, people’s perceptions, values and knowledge of the ocean, marine operational health and safety, vulnerability and viability of coastal communities, indigenous fisheries and fisher’s knowledge of groundfish fisheries. Outputs from the webinar will be used in the preparation of the “Getting It Right” event to be held in 2021.
All webinars will be held at noon (NDT) from September 15 - October 1, 2020.
RECRUITMENT, TRAINING & RETENTION: LEARN ABOUT OFI MODULE I-2 RESEARCH!
The aim of sub-module I-2 is to understand which factors and dynamics play a role in the recruitment, training and retention (RTR) of people into small-scale fisheries in Newfoundland and Labrador (NL). According to post-doctoral fellow Dr. María Andrée López Gómez, preliminary results from the literature review and administrative data point to a significant change of the fish harvester labour force. María adds that "our findings have the potential to inform fisheries management policies that currently do not take into account issues of recruitment and retention in the fisheries sector."
DR. GERALD SINGH, OFI MODULE I'S ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, JOINS OCEAN NEXUS
OFI Module I Assistant Professor Dr. Gerald Singh is now part of a newly established 10-year, $32.5-million US research partnership between the University of Washington and the Nippon Foundation of Japan. The 'Ocean Nexus Center', headquartered at the University of Washington’s EarthLab, brings together researchers from over 20 universities around the world to investigate changes, responses and solutions to societal issues that emerge in relationship with the oceans. Dr. Singh and his colleagues will look at how Canadian ocean policy relates to the management of fisheries, investigating whether it adequately addresses the impacts of climate change.
MEET MARIA YULMETOVA, OUR OFI MODULE I RESEARCHER OF THE MONTH!
Maria uses freely available satellite images to create maps which will help protect the environment and coastal communities in case of an oil spill. She told us more about her research on satellite-based shoreline classification for developing oil spill responses, and how that can be beneficial to the environment and coastal communities of Newfoundland and Labrador and elsewhere in Canada.
NOT ALONE: SUPPORTING AND BUILDING SOLUTIONS WITH SMALL-SCALE FISHERS
Collective actions and collaborative solutions are usually more successful in dealing with crisis such as the current COVID-19 pandemic. By working together, small-scale fishers, their associations, unions or supportive organizations can organize and provide assistance to their members and their communities. When fishers' organizations are strong, they are vital to protect the interests of this valuable but often vulnerable sector.
SMALL-SCALE FISHERIES AND OCEAN SUSTAINABILITY: A REFLECTION ON 'SMALL IS BOUNTIFUL' VIRTUAL EVENT
Our OFI Module I Master's student Ruyel Miah reflects on his participation at the 'Small is Bountiful' event organized in celebration of World Oceans Day 2020. He shares some of what he learned by being part of the series of webinars and panel discussions, and how being part of events like this one can benefit him as a student. Ruyel also highlights some take-home messages on small-scale fisheries' contribution to ocean sustainability.
RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW: ARE CANADIAN SMALL-SCALE FISHERIES GETTING THE SUPPORT THEY NEED?
Small-scale fishers can be a crucial source of food and income for local communities. We must urge that governments pay attention to their demands and create opportunities for them to maintain their livelihoods and ensure food security.
The challenges of the working aboard a fishing vessel are further exacerbated by the current COVID-19 pandemic, which brings about changes in regulations based on physical distancing recommendations, as well as changes to the fishing season, which is in many cases postponed indefinitely. What does this mean to fish harvesters and their health and safety at sea? How will the effects of operational health and safety measures be reflected in markets and in fishing communities?
THE NORTH ATLANTIC OCEAN WE NEED FOR THE FUTURE WE WANT: MOVING INTO THE OCEAN DECADE
OFI Module I Assistant Professor Dr. Gerald Singh joined the 'North Atlantic Regional Workshop' organized by OFI for the UN Ocean Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development 2021-2030 and shares his insights.
INTERDISCIPLINARY TEAM OF EARLY-CAREER RESEARCHERS MEETS IN BREMEN, GERMANY
Our OFI Module I Post-doctoral fellow Dr. Mahmudul Islam participated in the ZMT/IOI Winter School on ‘Ocean Governance for Sustainable Marine Ecosystems’ from February 16-21 at the Leibniz Center for Marine Tropical Ecology in Bremen, Germany, and shares his experience with us.
OFI SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY FOR CLIMECO7 SUMMER SCHOOL!
The Ocean Frontier Institute will be offering 5 scholarships at $2,000 each for graduate students who wish to participate in the ClimEco7 Summer School on 'Interdisciplinary Ocean Science for Sustainable Development' that will be held on August 17-21, 2020 at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver, Canada. Learn more about this exciting opportunity and apply by March 9, 2020!
This November, Too Big To Ignore, the Ocean Frontier Institute and the On The Move Partnership are joining forces to celebrate World Fisheries Day by hosting a public event entitled: ‘Towards Zero Waste in Our Fisheries’. The event will focus attention on reducing waste – of fish through full utilization and of human/social capacity and creativity by reducing gender inequality, acknowledging the critical role women play in fisheries.
ENGAGEMENT SESSION HELD IN THE GREAT NORTHERN PENINSULA, NL - FORMER MASTER'S STUDENT JACK DALY SHARES HIS INSIGHTS
According to former OFI Module I Master's student Jack Daly, "In order to get to truly viable coastal communities, it will be necessary to both further engage at the community level as well as to look globally and learn from how fisheries in other parts of the world are coping in a time of immense environmental, economic, and political change." Read more about his insights on the engagement session he organized in the Great Northern Peninsula, NL, Canada.
OFI GOVERNANCE MEETS IN BREST, FRANCE AND STRENGTHENS PARTNERSHIPS - POST-DOCTORAL FELLOW COURTENAY PARLEE SHARES HER INSIGHTS
Courtenay Parlee, OFI Module I Post-doctoral Fellow, indicated that "a major highlight of our visit to Brest, France was a meeting organized by Module I and our international collaborator Dr. Katia Frangoudes from LABEX MER at the European University Institute of the Sea (IUEM), University of Brest, bringing together our research team members, collaborators, partners, and colleagues from IUEM." Furthermore, she explained that "It is through this interaction with our international partners that we have established synergies among some of the research projects and outlined potential avenues for formal collaboration." Read the full article below.
MEET RUYEL MIAH, OUR OFI MODULE I RESEARCHER OF THE MONTH!
Originally from Bangladesh and with a background in Fisheries Sciences, Ruyel is a Master's student at Memorial University's Geography Department funded by the Ocean Frontier Institute. Ruyel's research is about access to markets for small-scale fisheries. In other words, he looks into the structure of markets, how it is governed, different forms of interactions, challenges, and the inclusion or exclusion of small-scale fishermen/fisherwomen in decision making. He is currently working on a global scan regarding the impacts of COVID-19 on access to markets for small-scale fisheries while also investigating governability issues of markets for small-scale fisheries in Bangladesh and in Newfoundland, Canada, where he is currently based.
'WHAT DOES FISH MEAN TO YOU?' - OCEAN FRONTIER INSTITUTE'S RESEARCH ON VALUES, PERCEPTIONS & KNOWLEDGE
"Can you tell me about what fish mean to you? Seated around coffee tables or board rooms, my own voice would, several times over the course of 2018-2019, recite this question to a group of Innu Nation members during my fieldtrips to their community of Sheshatshiu, Labrador." For our OFI Module I Master's student Gillian McNaughton, this question would become the entry point into conversations that would delve into both the present and the memories of the speaker’s ancestors, invoking anecdotes and stories about both fishing in praxis and fishing as the embodiment of something much deeper. Gillian's research seeks to explore how Innu cultural valuation surrounding fish, has – or can – be mobilized in order to support their cultural needs in relation to fisheries practices. More broadly, it seeks to apply a critical lens to the distribution of decision-making powers present in processes that can result in collisions of values surrounding fish.
MEET JOSHUA RYAN, OUR OFI MODULE I RESEARCHER OF THE MONTH!
Originally from the outport community of Newman’s Cove, Newfoundland and Labrador, Joshua Ryan grew up watching friends and family brave the sea in the harshest of conditions. This, along with a deeply engrained sense of safety have pushed him to want to improve the safety of fisher people and anyone at-sea. Josh's research is about evaluating the effectiveness and performance of personal locator beacons (PLBs) in different maritime conditions. His work will help us better understand issues relating to PLB performance in real-world maritime situations and inform coastal communities of the value and benefits of wearing personal locator beacons, especially in small boats in harsh sea-conditions.
MEET GILLIAN MCNAUGHTON, OUR OFI MODULE I RESEARCHER OF THE MONTH!
A lifelong resident of the Northwest Territories with years of hands-on experience in the environmental sector, Gillian possess an unstoppable passion for nature and is especially interested in supporting culturally and contextually relevant strategies for environmental and wildlife stewardship. Her OFI Module I research looks at land claims and self-governance processes between Indigenous peoples and the Federal and Provincial or Territorial governments of Canada through the lens of the cultural relations with fish. More broadly, Gillian investigates how management of fisheries in land claims areas is negotiated and ultimately implemented in light of these relations.
ACCESS TO RESOURCES & MARKETS: RESEARCH IN OFI MODULE I
Research in OFI Module I-1 on 'Access to Resources & Markets' examines the short- and long-term changes in fisheries resources and market access in Newfoundland to understand how they impact various stakeholders and rightsholders in the industry, and coastal communities. According to sub-module I-1 post-doctoral fellow Dr. Courtenay Parlee, the preliminary results from Phase 1 of the study suggest that short- and long-term changes influencing access to resources and markets are driven by both ecological and social factors.
ANCHORED BOATS: INDIA'S LOCKDOWN AND THE SMALL-SCALE FISHERIES
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread globally, many countries are imposing lockdown measures. Such measures have had significant impacts on food security and job availability, exacerbating social inequalities. Small-scale fishers are especially jeopardized in the context of the current global crisis, particularly in developing countries such as India, where small-scale fishing is crucial for the national economy and local livelihoods.
BETTER TOGETHER: RESEARCH COLLABORATION IN OFI MODULE I
As a postdoctoral fellow in OFI Module I-2, María Andrée López Gómez investigates which factors and dynamics play a role in the recruitment, training and retention of people into small-scale fisheries in Newfoundland and Labrador. However, she does not do that alone. Acknowledging the importance of research collaboration, María has contributed to strengthen our partnerships in Norway, joined forces within and across OFI research modules, and has been awarded additional funding to explore employment in aquaculture.
This World Oceans Day, OFI Module I is joining forces with its partner Too Big To Ignore and other organizations from around the globe to celebrate the contribution of small-scale fisheries to ocean sustainability and innovation! Join us for 'Small is Bountiful', a week-long series of online events that will bring attention to the importance of small-scale fisheries, celebrate their contributions, and facilitate a dialogue about an inclusive, equitable and just development of the ocean.
Are you interested in ocean and coastal community Social Sciences and Humanities research? Join the Ocean Frontier Institute for a virtual roundtable on 'Social Sciences and Humanities Research across OFI: Taking Stock and Looking Forward' on June 25, 2020 from 01:00-03:15 pm (NDT). Stay tuned for more information on how to join soon!
TRYING TO STAY AFLOAT: THE COVID-19 IMPACTS ON FISHERIES
Although the effects of COVID-19 are generalized, its impacts have especially been felt by small-scale fishers and fishing communities. OFI Module I has assessed the impact of the pandemic on small-scale fisheries in Newfoundland and Labrador and around the world.
FISH CHAIN INTERRUPTED: HOW COVID-19 AFFECTS MARKETS & TRADES
Despite being the main drivers of the global food chain, small-scale fishers or farmers usually find themselves in a marginalized and disadvantaged position. The physical isolation measures and lockdown restrictions have further exacerbated their situation, forcing them either to halt or alter their fishing operations. Combined with other difficulties in marketing, transportation, and trading especially for those depending on export markets, the threats to livelihoods and the food supply chain are real.
WHAT DO SEALS AND FISHERMEN IN NEWFOUNDLAND HAVE IN COMMON WITH LIONS AND PASTORAL COMMUNITIES IN THE MAASAI MARA?
Monica Engel, OFI Module I PhD candidate, presented her research on 'Predators of the sea: A love and hate story' at 'Pathways Africa 2020: Human Dimensions of Wildlife Conference and Training' in Limuru, Kenya last February, and reflects on her experience.
Come celebrate World Oceans Day 2020 with us, remotely! The Ocean Frontier Institute's Module I will be part of a major online event taking place from June 1-8, 2020, emphasizing the importance of small-scale fisheries for a sustainable ocean. All events are virtual, and are opened to everyone.
As part of the 2019 World Fisheries Day celebration, we are organizing ‘100% FISH’ Contest, as a way to promote full utilization of locally sourced fish or seafood. Our selected chefs will show all their creativity in using parts of the fish that would normally be discarded. The ‘100% FISH’ Contest is more than about sharing delicious dishes: it is much to do with increasing awareness of fish discards and helping promote waste reduction.
RESEARCH ASSISTANT NATHAN STANLEY REFLECTS ON HIS EXPERIENCE AT IMBER OSC 2019
After presenting his research findings at the session 'Ocean Governance in the Face of Change', part of IMBeR Future Oceans2 Open Science Conference, Nathan Stanley stated that "it was a humbling experience to learn from and network with people who have made it their life’s mission to improve human-ocean interactions for a more sustainably balanced future. Moving forward with my work in fisheries governance, I am interested in using the lessons learned from fisheries management in the past to build models that can help guide fisheries management in the future." Learn more about Nathan's experience in Brest, France.