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Getting Conservation Right – The Pairs Game is Here!

What does it mean to get marine conservation right?

The Getting Conservation Right project, which includes contributors from OFI Module I, Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador and Too Big To Ignore Global Partnership, focuses on marine conservation in Newfoundland and Labrador. A platform has been created as part of this, as a collaborative space for people to talk about what it means to get marine conservation right, as well as to set the stage for learning about exciting prospects for marine conservation in Newfoundland and Labrador. Our goals are to build awareness about marine and ocean conservation in NL, make visible the connection between people and ocean, share stories about community-led conservation initiatives, and build community among ocean users, actors, and leaders in NL.


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.

Basically, you will be shown 28 pairs of pictures, representing different elements of Newfoundland and Labrador’s marine ecosystem. For each pair, the player selects the element that they consider to be more important for the health of the marine ecosystem. The pairs are randomly generated every time someone opens the game. Here’s an example of a pair:

Maybe the Pairs Game reminded you of something you have seen in Newfoundland and Labrador, like the capelin roll in the summer. You might even have stories about them that you would like to share.

Get in touch if anything comes to mind, and we will add your story, which could include recipe, poem or photos, on to the Getting Conservation Right platform for everyone to enjoy.

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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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