May 2021

News and Updates

In Focus
Spring is an exciting time for fish harvesters. Some groundfish and shellfish harvesters are ramping up their effort following the April start, while others eagerly await opening dates in May and beyond. As many small-boat harvesters are heading back onto the water, it is a good time to draw attention to important discussions and research on safety on the Atlantic coast. Fish harvesters face a range of occupational hardships and risks. Working conditions are highly varied, and often hazardous. Tied to the nature of work is the importance for workers to sustain maritime industries and their benefits to coastal communities and the broader Canadian society. All these concerns beg the question: What makes a fishery safe for fishers?
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Marine Safety Pop Up
Enhancing Marine Occupational Health and Safety in Canada
By: Dr. Desai Shan, OFI, Dalhousie University & Memorial University
“Maritime occupations, including seafaring and fishing, provide jobs with a high risk of injuries and fatalities. A transnational study shows that 8.5 percent of seafarers suffered an injury during their most recent tour of duty, and a Danish study found that the fatal accident rate in merchant shipping is ten times that in shore-based industries.”
In this article Dr. Desai Shan explores some of the risks and hazards involved with the marine industry, and some of the policies and standards put in place to keep these workers safe.
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The FISHER Project

By Eric Holliday, FISH Safety Foundation​
The Fishing Industry Safety and Health Event Reporting (FISHER) Project is an accident reporting, recording and analysis program for fisheries globally. Their focus is on small-scale fishers and gathering fishing accident information, and managing this data for the global fishing industry. The system was developed in response to the lack of any accident reporting system for small-scale fisheries cases. The project hopes to assist countries in identifying the damages associated with these accidents, how to effectively commit resources, and finding ways to prevent further accidents.
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New publication
New e-book: 'Toward A New Social Contract: Community-based Resource Management and Small-scale Fisheries'
by Prof. Fikret Berkes, U. of Manitoba
‘Toward a New Social Contract’ by Prof. Fikret Berkes covers a wide range of concepts and themes that help make sense of small-scale fisheries as an important global phenomenon. In the writing of this book, Prof. Berkes also shares insightful lessons from his prolific academic life, along with some personal stories about the major twists and turns.
The book is part of the TBTI Global Book Series, under Too Big To Ignore Partnership, which is a partner to OFI Module I.
Click here to download the book.
New opportunities & calls
Call for abstracts - Sustainable Ocean Conference
The Sustainable Ocean Conference is now accepting submissions for their 10th annual student-led conference. The theme of the conference this year is Seeing Beyond the Shoreline and will incorporate a variety of perspectives, including those from industry, community, youth, academia, and government. The Sustainable Ocean Conference is a free public event organized by Master of Marine Management students of the Marine Affairs Program at Dalhousie University that brings together a wide audience with the goal to highlight current marine research and to address the range of issues affecting our ocean. Click here to learn more about the conference.
Submission Deadline: May 4th, 2021
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Call for papers: Special Journal Issue in Frontiers 
By: Kristen Lowitt, Charles Z. Levkoe, and Milena Arias-Schreiber 
This special issue will examine the expressions and dynamics of community and social movement organizing towards justice and sustainability within small-scale fishing communities across the Global North and South. In doing so, the editors hope to further understand and advance collective action on sustainable development, social and environmental justice, and movements and mobilization while also considering more broadly how an analysis of social movements pertaining to food systems transformation may be enhanced by greater attention to the politics and governance of small-scale fishing communities.
Submission Deadline: May 14, 2021
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Call for proposals - The Robin Rigby Trust Collaborative Coastal Research
The Robin Rigby Trust was established in 2007 in memory of Patricia Robin Rigby. The fund supports coastal and nearshore conservation research conducted by young people and encourages international collaboration. The fund is seeking proposals for projects focused on environmental and resource management, social and economic development, conservation and biodiversity surveys, and policy studies, with a specific emphasis on improving the livelihoods of those living in coastal communities. Projects should be designed to produce direct benefits to communities, and establish strong collaborative links between applicant and community partners.
The deadline for the current round of proposals is October 31, 2021.
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For early career scholars 
Two Postdoctoral Research Fellows positions available at the University of Cape Town
Two postdoctoral research fellowships are available with the group around the South African Research Chair in Marine Ecology and Fisheries at the University of Cape Town. Their research focuses on three themes:
  • Modelling in marine social-ecological systems for management strategy evaluation
  • Indicators for marine social-ecological systems at the science-policy interface
  • Transdisciplinary research into marine social-ecological systems under global change
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Bright young faces 
Meet our research assistants who have recently completed their work-term with OFI Module I and our partner Too Big To Ignore. Take a look at their background and education, where surprised elements can be found!
Samia Nusrat
Originally from Bangladesh, Samia is doing her undergraduate in Computer Engineering at the Memorial University of Newfoundland.
"I belong to a country where fisheries play a massive role in the country’s economy. I have often heard on the news about the impact of natural disasters on the fishers’ lives. As I was looking for a job for my first work-term during this pandemic, I am glad that Dr. Ratana Chuenpagdee offered me this opportunity to work with TBTI. I have been adding records to the TBTI Information System on Small-scale Fisheries from various sources, collecting news articles about the fisheries in Bangladesh, and have been involved in developing a session on 'Blue Justice in Bangladesh' for the upcoming 'SSF Open House' event."
Liam Gregory
Liam is completing last year of his bachelor's degree in Ocean and Naval Architectural Engineering at the Memorial University of Newfoundland.
"My background comes very much from a technical place dealing with the design and modification of ships and subsea electronics. I am very grateful that I have had the opportunity to learn about fisheries and the marine industry in a different light. I intend to take the knowledge that I have gained in my time with OFI forward in my future work. An area of particular interest to me is the issue of small-scale fisheries and how they compete with large-scale commercial fisheries. Perhaps there will be something that I will be able to work on in the future, which will help to resolve that issue. My hope is that I can now bring new ideas and options to the table in my future projects; a new perspective for consideration."
Kyle Martin
Kyle is pursuing a Civil Engineering degree at Memorial University of Newfoundland.
"I come from a small community on Newfoundland’s west coast, called Woody Point where small-scale fisheries make up a large part of the community. My experience in the fishery involves working in the local fish plant in Woody Point where I dealt with many different fish products. Also, I have heard many stories from the local fishers. With this work term I can use some of my own knowledge to help me understand the different perspectives in the fishery as well as contribute to the research that will be beneficial for the Getting IT Right Dialogue next year. Overall, this work term has been a great experience. It has really helped me further develop my writing and my communication skills, which will be very important moving forward in engineering. "
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