February 2021

News and Updates

OFI Module I Research in Focus
Community spotlight
The latest from OFI and partners
New publications
Call for contributions
Researcher of the Month
OFI Module I Research in Focus 
Creating the present by imagining the future for Nunatsiavut’s fisheries: Research in OFI Module I-A
by Rachael Cadman, OFI Module I PhD student
To Rachael Cadman, OFI Module I PhD student, "it is imperative that Labrador Inuit values and priorities are reflected in natural resource management, and that includes long term planning". This is where the work of OFI Module I-A on Nunatsiavut Fisheries comes into play alongside our partner, the Torngat Secretariat. Their goal is to "contribute to the increased power of Inuit priorities in fisheries governance". They intend to do so by "strengthening the group’s collective political voice to substantively incorporate Labrador Inuit values into fisheries governance". Having identified a need to shift the focus of fisheries management in the region towards more holistic, long-term planning for the future of the industry, a group of Nunatsiavut's fisheries stakeholders - including OFI Module I-A - got together hoping to "locate spaces where stakeholders hold a shared vision of the future, and thus where collaboration is possible".
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Congratulations to Dr. Monica Engel on the successful defence of her doctoral thesis!
Dr. Monica Engel has recently completed her doctoral degree at Memorial University with research funding provided by the Ocean Frontier Institute, through an award from the Canada First Research Excellence Fund. Her research centred around examining coastal communities’ relationship with the ocean in Newfoundland from an environmental psychology perspective. "I thank OFI Module-I for the opportunity to work on this research topic and I hope to continue exploring people's relationship with the Atlantic Ocean" - expressed Dr. Engel. Way to go, Monica! We wish you all the best in your future endeavours!
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Congratulations to Dr. Rashid Sumaila on being named University Killam Professor!
Dr. Rashid Sumaila, Director of OFI Module I partner organization OceanCanada, has been named University Killam Professor, University of British Columbia's highest honour, in recognition of his teaching and research excellence. “I feel massively honoured by this recognition,” said Dr. Sumaila. “This achievement would not have been possible without the support of my students, postdocs, research associates and collaborators worldwide.” Congratulations, Dr. Sumaila! 
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Community spotlilght
Opinion: 'There is more than one way to...Manage a fishery!'
by Barry Darby & Helen Forsey
For Barry Darby and Helen Forsey, a 'fishery of the future' is "where the harvest was ecologically sustainable, economic returns were optimized, high quality food was produced, harvesters were trained professionals, and coastal communities enjoyed food sovereignty and economic stability". To them, this is only achievable if we 'change course', and reimagine the ways we manage fisheries in Newfoundland and Labrador. They propose a paradigm shift in our approach to fisheries governance: from attempts to control outputs through quotas, to managing mainly by controlling input, i.e. fishing effort. Effort-Based Management (EBM), according to them, would benefit not only the fishery but the ocean itself. Getting there, however, will require input from a wide range of stakeholders – academics, harvesters, fishery workers, the people of our coastal communities and the general public – to move us towards a new paradigm, one aligned with the vision of the Blue Economy and the ideal of "Getting It Right". 
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The latest from OFI and partners
What is the role of research and academia in the implementation of the Small-Scale Fisheries Guidelines?
OFI Module I's lead Dr. Chuenpagdee shares her insights with FAO in special feature
As part of a special feature on 'Research and Academia' by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), our OFI Module I lead Dr. Ratana Chuenpagdee shared her insights on the role research and academia play in strengthening the science-policy interface around small-scale fisheries, and more specifically when it comes to the implementation of the Small-Scale Fisheries Guidelines. According to her, "academia and research can provide guidance about what data, especially those that are difficult to measure, should be collected and how, what to do with qualitative data, and how to make use of them in decision-making and the management of small-scale fisheries." Dr. Chuenpagdee also emphasized the contribution of academics and researchers in "building the required capacity for governmental and non-governmental and community actors to participate in ‘transdisciplinary’ research, starting from co-identification of the problems to co-creation of the solutions", which would be crucial in building for long-term sustainability and lessening dependency on external funding. She concluded by stating that "researchers should be active participants in the implementation of the SSF Guidelines, along with other stakeholders."
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New publications
'Unlocking Legal and Policy Frameworks for Small-Scale Fisheries in Canada'
by Daly, J.; Andrews, E.; Knott, C.; El Halimi, M. & Singh, G.
OFI Module I's current and former team members Jack Daly, Dr. Evan Andrews, Dr. Christine Knott and Dr. Gerald Singh have contributed a chapter on Canada's policy and legal frameworks for small-scale fisheries as part of Too Big To Ignore's recently published e-book on 'Unlocking Policy Frameworks for Small-Scale Fisheries: Global Illustrations'. According to the authors, "the lack of formal recognition of small-scale fisheries in Canada and rather a focus on recreational, commercial and Indigenous fisheries in federal policy limit the potential implementation of a coherent policy framework such as, for example, the SSF Guidelines, which were opposed by Canada during their initial development."
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Rural Opportunities for Provincial Prosperity: Recommendations to Protect and Promote Our Inshore Fishery
by Fish, Food & Allied Workers Union
The Fish, Food & Allied Workers Union has just released the report 'Rural Opportunities for Provincial Prosperity' with recommendations to protect and promote the inshore fishery of Newfoundland and Labrador. The document provides an overview of the state of coastal communities and the inshore fishery in the province, followed by specific recommendations for ensuring transparency in fisheries collective bargaining, supporting the independent owner-operator fishery, welcoming a new generation into the fishery, preventing union busting and contract flipping, increasing the minimum wage, and increasing COVID-19 protections. According to the report, "protecting and promoting a fishery that serves communities, not corporations; that provides opportunities for young people and new immigrants to our province; that provides good wages and safe workplaces – these must be our priorities if we’re going to weather the current storm and come out of it with sustainable coastal communities and an economy where no one is left behind". 
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Call for Contributions
This World Day of Social Justice, join our partner Too Big To Ignore in sharing stories about social justice in small-scale fisheries!
Submit contributions by February 10, 2021 
This World Day of Social Justice, our partner Too Big To Ignore will mark the date by sharing stories on social justice in the context of small-scale fisheries. They invite contributions in the form of short stories or reflection pieces on the theme to be shared on their website February 20, 2021. To participate, submit your contribution to by February 10, 2021.
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World Fisheries Congress: Call for papers
Submit your abstract by February 15, 2021 
The next World Fisheries Congress will be held both in person in Adelaide, Australia and online from 20-24 September 2021. The call for abstracts has now reopened, and abstracts of 350 words must follow the Abstract Submission Guidelines, under four key themes: 1) Sustainable Fisheries; 2) Fish and Aquatic Ecosystems; 3) Fisheries and Society; and 4) Future of Fish and 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 by February 15, 2021.
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MARE People & the Sea XI Conference: Call for papers
Submit your abstract by February 12, 2021 (deadline extended)
With the theme “Limits to Blue Growth?”, the MARE People & the Sea XI Conference will take place online from June 28 to July 2, 2021. Contribute to the discussion 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 February 12, 2021.
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Research Impact Canada Engaged Scholarship Award for Graduate Students - 2021 Competition
Apply by February 15, 2021!
The Research Impact Canada (RIC) Engaged Scholarship Award for Graduate Students (RIC Award) recognizes graduate students that conduct research projects following engaged scholarship principles that lead to increased awareness of audiences beyond academia or changes in stakeholder actions, practices, guidelines or policies. This award contributes to the promotion and recognition of engaged scholarship, co-creation of knowledge, or knowledge translation among Canadian graduate students. Apply by February 15, 2021!
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Master of Arts in Ocean Governance: Register by February 5, 2021!
University of Malta in partnership with the International Ocean Institute
This Master of Arts programme offered by the University of Malta in collaboration with the International Ocean Institute over distance learning will be delivered for 13 months starting in February 2021. Register by February 5th, limited places remaining.
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ICES Course on scientific writing and publishing for marine scientists
Register by April 12, 2021
​​​​This online course offered by the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) will be held on 26 and 28-30 April, 2021 and is intended for everyone who wants to improve their technical writing skills for marine science journals (including ICES Journal of Marine Science) and increase their understanding of the scientific publishing environment, including insights from the perspective of an editor. Register by April 12, 2021.
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Shape the Future of the Ocean: 23 PhD positions open with OFI's Ocean Graduate Excellence Network
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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
Meet Dr. Monica Engel, our OFI Module I Researcher of the Month!
by Dr. Monica Engel, OFI Module I PhD Graduate
Dr. Monica Engel has completed her Doctoral and Master's degree at Memorial University’s Geography department, and a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Unisinos University in Brazil. Her research focuses on the human dimensions of natural resources and wildlife governance and conservation. Her doctoral research within OFI Module I-3 centred around examining coastal communities’ relationship with the ocean in Newfoundland from an environmental psychology perspective. More specifically, she explored costal residents' relationship with the ocean and seals in Newfoundland in order to investigate the various ways in which we relate with the ocean and make a contribution to marine governance and conservation. According to Dr. Engel, "the new ocean narrative for this coming decade should not be centred on instrumental and economic marine values. Rather, a new narrative should be about taking responsibility for marine health".
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