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January 2021

News and Updates

OFI Module I Research in Focus
Welcome!
The latest from OFI and partners
New publications
Call for contributions
Opportunities
Researcher of the Month
OFI Module I Research in Focus 
by Dr. Evan Andrews, OFI Module I Post-doctoral Fellow
Using past fisheries research for Newfoundland and Labrador (NL), OFI researchers have taken stock and articulated goals for sustainability. I want to build on this work to foster opportunities to understand and govern the future of NL fisheries. In other words, I am working toward getting the future right. Now, we are left with a key tension: we want to plan and act to enrich the viability of NL’s fisheries and fishing communities, but we face limited capacity and certainty to predict the future. How then do we proceed? The answer takes us into anticipatory governance, a form of governance that helps us hedge our bets and think about multiple alternative futures. Through anticipatory governance, my research links social change—past, current and anticipated—to different drivers in the environment, communities, economies, and politics. Further, my research keeps a keen eye on the governance systems used to address those drivers of change. To foster anticipatory governance, my research is explicitly transdisciplinary. I will be working on case studies with collaborators and partners to co-create research priorities and processes, and most of all, to make sure we get the futures right.
 
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Welcome
Dr. Evan J. Andrews has joined OFI Module I as postdoctoral fellow. He will be helping OFI move toward Phase III, and leading research on anticipatory governance at Memorial University. Previously, he has received a Ph.D. from the University of Waterloo's School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability and a Master of Environment and Sustainability from the University of Saskatchewan's School of Environment and Sustainability. His research focuses on change and governance in coastal and inland fisheries. He advances theory and evidence about coastal actor behaviour, interactive governance, and the policy sciences for fisheries in Atlantic Canada and beyond. He also conducts research on transdisciplinarity in fisheries settings, with examinations of community-engaged methodologies, knowledge mobilization, and early career researcher training. In his off time, Evan is international water polo referee, and enjoys reffing across the country and representing Canada in global competitions. Welcome to the team, Evan!
 
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The latest from OFI and partners
On December 3rd, OFI hosted a discussion on Canada's Blue Economy with the Honourable Bernadette Jordan, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, and Karin Kemper, the Global Director for the Environment, Natural Resources and Blue Economy Global Practice at the World Bank, moderated by OFI CEO and Scientific Director Anya Waite, Associate Scientific Director Paul Snelgrove, and Chief Strategic Engagement Officer Catherine Blewett. The event followed Canada's endorsement to Transformations for a Sustainable Ocean Economy: a Vision for Protection, Production and Prosperity, which outlines a set of priority ocean actions that countries can take to build a sustainable blue economy. Minister Jordan announced the Government of Canada is providing $4-million in funding to the World Bank PROBLUE fund to assist developing countries in producing sustainable ocean plans, while also planning to engage with Canadians to develop a blue economy strategy, beginning early in the new year. Read the official Government of Canada announcement and watch the panel discussion.
 
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New publications
A report by Fisheries and Oceans Canada
A newly released report funded by the Government of Canada has called for better opportunities in ocean science for women and those who identify as non-binary, in order to achieve sustainable ocean governance. Based on an extensive literature review and expert interviews in 11 countries, the research is part of Canada’s commitment to gender equity, as the Ocean Observation Champion of the Commonwealth Blue Charter. The study found that women and those who identify as non-binary are under-represented across the world in ocean science, particularly in decision-making positions. They also face challenges such as unconscious bias, low involvement in work at sea and care responsibilities that limit opportunities for work and promotion. The findings showed that while efforts are being made to increase opportunities for these groups, they still need better networks, more mentors and stronger communities to succeed. Tackling these issues would boost innovation and discoveries by ensuring “all the best people come to and stay in ocean science”, as well as help deliver global goals for the ocean.
 
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Call for Contributions
20-24 September 2021 | In-person & Online
The next World Fisheries Congress will be held in Adelaide, Australia from 20-24 September 2021, and delegates will be invited to participate in person or online through a hybrid program, so the congress can continue to connect the global fisheries and aquaculture community to discuss the sustainable development of the world's oceans, lakes, estuaries and rivers. The call for abstracts has now reopened, and abstracts of 350 words must follow the Abstract Submission Guidelines, under our four key themes: 1) Sustainable Fisheries (Assessment, Regulation, Enforcement); 2) Fish and Aquatic Ecosystems (Biodiversity, Conservation, Ecosystem Function, Integrated Management); 3) Fisheries and Society (Contributions to Sustainable Development); and 4) Future of Fish and Fisheries (Innovations in Fisheries) New topics have also been added to the program: COVID Impacts on Fisheries; Conservation of Marine Fishes; and Conservation of Freshwater Fishes and Crayfishes. Submit your abstract here and respond to this survey by February 15, 2021.
 
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28 June - 2 July 2021 | Online 
With the theme “Limits to Blue Growth?”, MARE would like to contribute to the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development. Key to this contribution is the fundamental social sciences question “Blue for who?”, so who are the people of the blue economy? Who are winning and who are losing from the new developments? Who are making the decisions? Whose knowledge counts? Contribute to this discussion by submitting a paper abstract on one of the six themes that the next MARE Conference will address: (i) Making Blue Livelihoods; (ii) Knowing the Blue; (iii) Governing, Steering and Managing the Blue Realm; (iv) Emerging Sectors in the Blue Space; (v) Resisting Blue Appropriations; (vi) Blue Crisis. Submit your panel proposals, paper abstracts and other conference formats by January 31, 2021.
 
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Apply by January 15, 2021 - Deadline extended!
Are you interested in the issue of Blue Justice and have a story to tell? The Too Big To Ignore Global Partnership for Small-Scale Fisheries Research is looking for more stories and examples of policies, programs, projects, as well as other situations that create different types of injustice and inequity in small-scale fisheries. The contributions will be collated into a second volume of the 'Blue Justice for Small-Scale Fisheries' e-book and will be published on February 20, the World Day of Social Justice. To contribute, visit TBTI's website and submit the template by January 15, 2021. Read the stories from the first e-book volume here.
 
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Opportunities
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The Ocean Frontier Institute has recently launched OGEN – The Ocean Graduate Excellence Network. Uniting excellent graduate training with broader experience through partners including industry and government, OGEN builds a unique research nexus. Graduate student fellowships granted through OFI's partner universities incorporate training experiences and hands-on learning beyond traditional academia. Research Supervisors have access to the world’s most promising graduate students. Partners are introduced to a new generation of job-ready top tier researchers. Students enrich their academic experience with individualized training programs improving job-readiness (e.g., entrepreneurship, international networking, internships, summer schools). OGEN is currently seeking exceptional students for 23 new positions, click here to view opportunities.
 
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Researcher of the Month
by Rachael Cadman, OFI Module I PhD Student
Rachael Cadman is an an Interdisciplinary Ph.D. student at Dalhousie University who currently works alongside the Torngat Plants, Wildlife and Fisheries Secretariat and other partners to map out a vision of the future of fisheries in Nunatsiavut and create holistic fisheries governance solutions that are resilient against environmental and societal change. She wants to help create just decision-making processes that provide a more equitable and inclusive form of governance - "as our political system evolves to place more emphasis on 'evidence-based decision-making', whose knowledge matters?" To Rachael, the big take away of her work so far has been to experience and understand how much richer and more applicable research can be when you prioritize community needs.
 
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