May 30, 2019

News and Updates

OFI Module I - Informing Governance Responses in a Changing Ocean
New publications
New report: 'Oceans of Opportunity: The Economic Case for Rebuilding Northern Cod' 
Oceana Canada, 2019
To understand Canada's full potential for abundant, healthy oceans, Oceana Canada commissioned a study by leading fisheries economists that analyzed the socio-economic costs and benefits of rebuilding fisheries. The report was authored by Dr. Louise Teh, Research Associate, Fisheries Economics Research Unit, University of British Columbia and Dr. Rashid Sumaila, Professor, Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries and the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, University of British Columbia.
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New research paper: Assessing the economic viability of small-scale fisheries: an example from Mexico
Anna Schuhbauer, Andrés M. Cisneros-Montemayor, Ratana Chuenpagdee, U. Rashid Sumaila, 2019
This recently published paper argues that an assessment of the economic viability of small-scale fisheries (SSF) can help improve governance for this sector. The authors developed an approach to assess economic viability using data that is often available at national scale, including estimates of total revenue from fishing, total costs of fishing, and fisheries subsidies for SSF and large-scale fisheries (LSF). They applied the methodology to Mexican fisheries and found that LSF receive subsidy amounts disproportionate to their landings and employment relative to the SSF sector; when these subsidies are taken out, SSF are generally more economically viable than their LSF counterparts. To improve the economic viability of SSF, key recommendations include the redirection and redistribution of subsidies, better monitoring, and improved access to data.
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New research paper: 'Navigating a just and inclusive path towards sustainable oceans'
Nathan J. Bennett, 2018
The ocean is the next frontier for many conservation and development activities. In a rapidly changing and progressively busier ocean, we need to learn from past mistakes and identify ways to navigate a just and inclusive path towards sustainability. Proactive attention to inclusive decision-making and social justice is needed across key ocean policy realms including marine conservation, fisheries management, marine spatial planning, the blue economy, climate adaptation and global ocean governance for both ethical and instrumental reasons. This discussion paper aims to stimulate greater engagement with these critical topics. It is a call to action for ocean-focused researchers, policy-makers, managers, practitioners, and funders.
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Media attention
Science Magazine article: 'Fishing fleets have doubled since 1950—but they’re having a harder time catching fish'
Our Module I co-lead Dr. Ratana Chuenpagdee was interviewed by the Science Magazine about a recently published global study which found that the number of fishing vessels more than doubled, and the proportion of motorized vessels increased from 20% to 68% between 1950 and 2015. The authors also revealed that, globally, the combined engine power of small vessels equals that of the industrial fleet.

In the interview, Dr. Chuenpagdee cautioned that just because a fleet of small boats boasts as much engine power as large trawlers "doesn't mean it will have the same impacts". The type of fishing gear influences ecological health, she noted, and politics can play a strong role, too. When a community has control over the resource, a fleet of local boats may have more incentive to conserve the fish stocks than a large ship from overseas.

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Funding opportunities
SSHRC Connection Grants: Funding opportunities for short-term knowledge mobilization activities and now also for the 'Research Data Management Capacity Building Initiative'
Next application deadline August 1, 2019
The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) issues four call for applications per year for their Connection Grants, which provide funding support to short-term (up to one year) knowledge mobilization initiatives such as events and outreach activities with the aim of enhancing engagement with social sciences and humanities issues. Events are considered a short-term activity (e.g. workshop), completed within a week, with $7,000 to $25,000 funds available, while outreach activities (e.g. summer school), are longer in duration, engage a broader public, for which $7,000 to $50,000+ is available in funds.

Eligibility requirements
SSHRC grants are governed by the Tri-Agency financial administration guide. Interested persons may apply as an individual (e.g. project director approaches the institution) or as an institution (e.g. institution approaches a project director). A project director may apply once a year, as long as they do not have any active connection grants or any overdue research reports to SSHRC. The applicant should be able to leverage 50% of matching funds (cash or in-kind) from sponsoring organizations, confirmed through letters of support. Note that connection grants are not for conducting research, and therefore, should not include any research activity, which could negatively impact the application. If in doubt about eligibility, or any other questions, contact a program officer at Interested persons may also send an email with a one-page summary of the proposal for a brief evaluation on whether it meets the eligibility requirements. 

Evaluation criteria and scoring
Connection grant applications will be evaluated by four adjudication committees. The committee will assess the applications based on the following evaluation criteria and scoring: (i) challenge, which is the 'what' of the proposal (40%); (ii) feasibility, or the 'how' of the proposal (30%); (iii) capability, which is the 'who' of the proposal (30%). Program officers recommend that the proposal is written with this criteria in mind, and addressed to a multidisciplinary audience.

When to apply?
The next deadline for Connection Grants applications is August 1st, for which the results will be released on September 30th. Please see other , and note that the university may have a different deadline for institutional applications.
New funding opportunity in 2019: Research Data Management Capacity Building Initiative

To help the Canadian social sciences and humanities research community better understand data management and incorporate data management considerations into research practices, SSHRC’s Research Data Management Capacity Building Initiative offers Connection Grants to support the research community’s development, adoption and dissemination of research data management standards, practices, tools and skills appropriate to their field. The objective is to support the research community’s development, adoption and dissemination of research data management standards, practices, tools and skills appropriate to their field. Research Data Management Capacity Building Initiative applications are subject to the Connection Grants evaluation criteria and scoring. The next deadline for 2019 applications is August 1st.
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'The Robin Rigby Trust' Call for Proposals 2019: Collaborative Coastal Research

The Robin Rigby Trust invites proposals from qualified individuals seeking financial support to undertake collaborative research projects that focus on understanding and implementing conservation and sustainable development in coastal areas. If you are an university student or recent graduate travelling overseas to conduct community-centred coastal research in close collaboration with appropriate coastal communities, or non-governmental and non-academic coastal-focused organizations/NGOs, this might be the opportunity for you! Apply by October 31, 2019!

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Mitacs is looking for a PDF research supervisor for Conservation Visions' Wild Harvest Initiative®
Mitacs industry partner Conservation Visions is interested in supporting a post-doctoral fellow (PDF) and potentially a larger contingent of students for their Wild Harvest Initiative®. They are also interested in being active supervisors and would prefer if the PDF spent the majority of time on site with them. Please see information below and in the link on the proposed project. Interested faculty should contact Niraj Shukla, Director, Business Development and Team Lead, Atlantic at

What is the Wild Harvest Initiative®? 
Conservation Visions' Wild Harvest Initiative® will evaluate the combined economic, conservation, and social benefits of recreational wild animal harvests in modern American and Canadian societies. 

Program objectives
  • To quantify the amount of wild meat and fish procured annually by recreational hunters and anglers in each U.S. and Canadian jurisdiction (Statistical modelling is required).
  • To determine the economic fair-market value of harvested wild game and fish for the U.S. and Canada.
  • To calculate a "sharing index" to estimate the numbers of citizens with whom this recreational wild harvest is shared.
  • To estimate the agricultural and environmental costs of replacing the wild harvest of game and fish with equivalents in beef, chicken, farmed salmon, etc. 
  • To provide empirical evidence why hunting and angling remain relevant to citizens' livelihoods and food security, and to the conservation of wild lands and waters in both countries 
Program approach
  • Most jurisdictional governments in the US and Canada collect off-take data on some or most of the wildlife and fish species harvested within their boundaries. Harvest statistics are collected to inform quota allocations and set harvest regulations and are considered critical to sound wildlife and fish management. 
  • While geographically discrete datasets are meaningful to individual jurisdictions or organizations, they do not reflect the collective contribution of wild animal harvests on regional, national, or continental bases. Nor are they mobilized for public audience consumption. 
  • The Wild Harvest Initiative® is amalgamating the most recent hunting and angling datasets from all reporting jurisdictions into one comprehensive database. This will enable harvest comparisons between different species, regions, and jurisdictions, serve as a benchmark for future evaluations of game and fish management efforts and help evaluate land and water use strategies, and facilitate a more comprehensive evaluation of the benefits of hunting and angling. 
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Fisheries around the globe
'Inside Europe': Listen to the podcast about Women and 'Slow Fish' sustainability
Organized as part of the 'Slow Food' initiative, the 9th edition of the event 'Slow Fish 2019' took place on May 9-12, 2019 in Genoa, Italy under the theme 'The Sea: A Common Good'. The event had a special focus on women who work in the fishing industry — from fishing itself to processing and sales. Listen to the podcast about women and the 'Slow Fish' movement, where Dany Mitzman from DW radio interviews some of the women who participated at the event and discusses issues of gender and recruitment in fisheries, as well the impacts of new policy and regulations on the fishing activity. The women interviewed also mention their accomplishments, from becoming the first Irish food producer to win the Great Taste Awards in London for wild smoked salmon, to founding an ethical and sustainable fishing business.
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