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From Taking Stock to Getting IT Right

The 4th World Small-Scale Fisheries Congress: North America

The 4th World Small-Scale Fisheries Congress: North America took place last week, June 20th-22nd in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. Chaired by OFI Module I members Ratana Chuenpagdee, Evan Andrews and Paul Foley, the congress included three packed days with plenaries on topics such as ‘Getting Adaption Right’, ‘Making Connections to Get Small Right’, ‘Step Zero for Getting Marine Conservation Right’ and ‘Getting Future Right’.

Several Module I members and partners participated in the congress. Alida Bundy, Barb Neis, Charles Mather, Rob Stephenson, Kimberly Orren and Paul Foley were plenary speakers in many of the Getting IT Right themes. Current and formers students, post-doctoral fellows and research associates, including Courtenay Parlee, Nathan Stanley, Ruyel Miah, Alexandria Mayor, Monica Engel, Mirella Leis, Prateep Nayak, and Evan Andrews, presented in several sessions. Together with Christine Knott, Evan Andrews also led a session titled “Thinking BIG about Small-Scale Fisheries in Canada,” highlighting chapters from a new e-book publication they are working on.

Panelist discussions in the 'Getting Adaption Right' Plenary. Panelists included Sonia Strobel, Rick Williams, Kanae Tokunage, and Alida Bundy.

Panelists and audience discussions during the 'Getting Conservation Right' Plenary. Panelists included Erica Porter, Tyler Eddy, Brice Trouillet, and Patricia Clay.

Film Launch night: Lake Superior Our Helper: Stories from Batchewanaung Anishinabek Fisheries held at the Bruneau theatre, Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador, St. John's campus.

Megan Bailey (top left) as moderator and panelists ( clockwise from top right; Hekia Bodwitch, Rob Stephenson, and Ken Paul) speaking during the 'Getting Future Right' plenary.

Panelists (including Keith Sullivan, Kimberly Orren, Kevin Anderson, and Paul Foley) and audience members discussions during the 'Getting Everything Right' Plenary.

Module I members and partners also showcased the outcomes of their research, from the Taking Stock Dialogue, back in 2017, to ‘Getting Together for Getting IT Right’ and asked the question; What remains to be done in ‘Getting It Right’? Check out the research brief, which was released at the congress.

Download the pamphlet here:

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Poppy is a research assistant for the Ocean Frontier Institute Module I. She recently completed her MSc in Geography at Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador. Her research focused on the benthic ecology of the Charlie-Gibbs Fracture Zone, with emphasis on deep-sea corals and sponges, and how the results from her thesis can contribute to the establishment of a Marine Protected Area in the North Atlantic. Poppy is particularly interested in the decision-making processes behind the establishment of MPAs and their long-term viability. She is passionate about all things science communication.

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