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March 14, 2019

News and Updates

OFI Module I - Informing Governance Responses in a Changing Ocean
See news and updates below for OFI Module I, regarding:
  • Recently published papers by our Module I team members
    • 'The regulative lock-in: the challenge of establishing Sami fisheries governance in Norway' by Jahn Petter Johnsen & Siri Ulfsdatter Søreng
    • 'Onshore benefits from fishing: Tracking value from the northern shrimp fishery to communities in Newfoundland and Labrador' by Erin H. Carruthers, Courtenay E. Parlee, Robert Keenan & Paul Foley
  • This weekend's events 'Seafaring the North Atlantic' and 'Future of Oceans: A Symposium on Stewarding the North Atlantic' live-streamed by 'For a New Earth'
  • Job opportunity: Research Associate at the University of East Anglia, UK
New paper: The regulative lock-in: the challenge of establishing Sami fisheries governance in Norway
by Jahn Petter Johnsen & Siri Ulfsdatter Søreng
Abstract For almost 30 years, the Sami Parliament has worked to gain influence in the Norwegian fisheries governing system in order to secure Sami fisheries as the material basis of Sami culture. Due to developments in international law and their implementation in state law, the Sami Parliament has gained formal access to the country’s fisheries governance decision-making process. This paper addresses the challenges for a Sami fisheries approach to gain influence in the national governance system. A major issue relates to differences between the institutional design of the Norwegian system, with ecosystem health, profitability and individual welfare as main concerns, while important pillars formulated by the Sami Parliament are subsidiarity and collective rights. In this article, we discuss what might be the way forward for a Sami fisheries policy to expand within the Norwegian fisheries governance system.
 
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New paper: Onshore benefits from fishing: Tracking value from the northern shrimp fishery to communities in Newfoundland and Labrador
by Erin H. Carruthers, Courtenay E. Parlee, Robert Keenan & Paul Foley
Abstract Most fisheries assessments focus on biological and ecological conditions, fishery impacts and performance. Economic and social conditions and outcomes, however, are rarely explicitly tracked or evaluated. Using data from the Canadian northern shrimp inshore fleet, from employment statistics, and from Newfoundland and Labrador municipal budgets, this paper examines links between harvesting and post-harvesting economic activities and municipal infrastructure and services within adjacent onshore communities. The broad geographic distribution of home ports and landing destinations resulted in extensive economic ripple effects in areas such as food retail, shipyard maintenance and fuel services, which amounted to almost $9,000,000 in onshore expenditures distributed among 15 landing ports in 2014. Additionally, because tax payments from shrimp processing plants impact municipal budgets and services, the findings show that community-level benefits can be tracked and measured, with the implication that fisheries management objectives, such as supporting adjacent communities, are also achievable and measurable. While the impacts from a recent decline of the northern shrimp inshore fishery are stark for adjacent communities, the two decades of substantial contributions from this fishery were made possible because policy decisions at both the provincial and the federal level were explicitly developed to support fishing communities.
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This weekend's events 'Seafaring the North Atlantic' & 'The Future of Oceans: A Symposium on Stewarding the North Atlantic' live-streamed by 'For a New Earth'
Seafaring the North Atlantic is a musical and cinematic prelude to the 'Future of Oceans Symposium'. Featuring a screening of shorts on the Atlantic from the archives of the National Film Board, followed by Canada’s premier violin and piano ensemble Duo Concertante performing 'The ocean is full of its own collapse' by Andrew Staniland, based on Lisa Moore’s February. 
Friday, March 15, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
A public engagement initiative (live-streamed and live-tweeted for the public), bringing together a diverse group of academics, scientists, students, community leaders, journalists and activists to think creatively about how best to steward the North Atlantic. The morning of the Symposium will be devoted to keynote addresses. At lunch, Mary Denniston of the Nunatsiavut Government will explain the Imappivut initiative for indigenous leadership in ocean governance in Labrador. The afternoon will be a World Café style discussion. The Symposium will conclude at 3:30 pm with an art exhibit, a reception, and a performance of classical music. 
Saturday, March 16, 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Watch live
Job opportunity: Research Associate, University of East Anglia
The University of East Anglia, UK, is looking for a Research Associate to work in collaboration with/under the supervision of Professor Nitya Rao & Dr. Carole White on the international interdisciplinary project FISHERCOAST 'Transformations in Coastal Communities and Wellbeing' which is funded through an EU-ESRC Equip grant. The successful applicant will carry out 4-6 weeks of data collection in the field (east coast of Scotland and East Anglia), on transformations in coastal and fishing communities, including interviews, focus groups and secondary data collection, and conduct a literature review and analysis, with support and supervision from Senior Researchers.
Application deadline: March 28, 2019
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