August 2020

News and Updates

OFI Module I Research in Focus 
by Dr. Courtenay Parlee, OFI Module I-1 Post-doctoral Fellow 
Research in OFI Module I-1 on 'Access to Resources & Markets' examines the short- and long-term changes in fisheries resources and market access in Newfoundland to understand how they impact various stakeholders and rightsholders in the industry, and coastal communities. According to sub-module I-1 post-doctoral fellow Dr. Courtenay Parlee, the preliminary results from Phase 1 of the study suggest that short- and long-term changes influencing access to resources and markets are driven by both ecological (e.g. climate change, declining crab and shrimp quotas, signs of redfish and cod stock recovery) and social factors (e.g. the federal Fisheries Act (Bill C-68), Indigenous Reconciliation, the provincial Fish Inspection Act, the Owner-Operator and Fleet Separation Policy), all of which are also influenced by the COVID-19 pandemic. These transitions bring up several important questions, which Dr. Parlee aims to address through more targeted research projects such as case studies as she approaches Phase 2 of the project.
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New Partnership
by Andrew Robinson, The Telegram
OFI Module I Assistant Professor Dr. Gerald Singh is now part of a newly established 10-year, $32.5-million US research partnership between the University of Washington and the Nippon Foundation of Japan. The 'Ocean Nexus Center', headquartered at the University of Washington’s EarthLab, brings together researchers from over 20 universities around the world to investigate changes, responses and solutions to societal issues that emerge in relationship with the oceans. According to Dr. Singh, “the reason it’s called Ocean Nexus is it’s really trying to understand the ocean not just as a biophysical entity, but basically how the ocean intersects the nexus between people and the ocean environments.” Specific to Newfoundland and Labrador, Dr. Singh and his colleagues will look at how Canadian ocean policy relates to the management of fisheries, investigating whether it adequately addresses the impacts of climate change. 
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New Publications
Our partner Too Big To Ignore has just released the new e-book 'Blue Justice for Small-Scale Fisheries – A Global Scan', revealing 18 stories from 14 countries on different types of injustice and inequity in small-scale fisheries. The first chapter, written by our OFI Module I lead Dr. Ratana Chuenpagdee, describes Blue Justice as "a critical examination of how small-scale fisheries and their communities may be affected by Blue Economy and Blue Growth initiatives that promote sustainable ocean development but neglect small-scale fisheries and their contribution to ocean sustainability."  To download the e-book chapters for free, click here. If you would like to contribute a Blue Justice story to Volume II of the e-book, click here
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by Too Big To Ignore, freely available online
The Information System of Small-Scale Fisheries (ISSF) by Too Big To Ignore is a global collaborative online database providing information on small-scale fisheries (SSF) to help enhance knowledge about this sector and their overall contributions. Version 2.0 offers a new data layer on Blue Justice and new visualization tools that allow for comparison between different countries or regions in terms of fishing gears used, governance types, types of injustice experienced by SSF, and much more! To sign up and contribute data to ISSF, click here.
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by Memorial University
After several rounds of consultations, Memorial University has released their Policy on Research Impacting Indigenous Groups. The purpose of the policy, "first of its kind known in Canadian universities", is to ensure researchers carry out appropriate engagement with Indigenous collectives in Indigenous research, starting at the research design stage. The policy meets and exceeds the Tri-Council Policy Statement on the Ethical Conduct for Research, Chapter 9, on Research Involving the First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples of Canada. To ensure that researchers and research staff are fully supported as the new policy rolls out, the Office of the Vice-President (Research) is completing infrastructure, training materials and support systems to be ready for September 1, 2020.
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Upcoming Events
August 17-19, 2020 | Organized by IMBeR | Online 
This workshop is the third capacity building activity organized by IMECaN, the Interdisciplinary Marine Early Career Network of IMBeR, OFI Module I's partner organization. This workshop on Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) is designed for early career researchers (ECRs) and professionals and will include presentations and interactive group activities with an interdisciplinary group of scientists from across the globe. To this end, this workshop aims to provide ECRs with a strong theoretical and applied understanding of MSP and the need to balance different objectives using a combination of lectures and interactive activities. The virtual workshop will run for three hours each day. Live talks and discussions will be recorded and made available to participants to encourage participation across all time zones. See agenda here. To register, click here.
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Researcher of the Month
by Gillian McNaughton, OFI Module I Master's student
A lifelong resident of the Northwest Territories with years of hands-on experience in the environmental sector, Gillian possess an unstoppable passion for nature and is especially interested in supporting culturally and contextually relevant strategies for environmental and wildlife stewardship. Some of her career highlights thus far have included coordinating a grizzly bear DNA project on the tundra, working with communities in Nunavut to protect culturally important shoreline areas, and traveling the Mackenzie River by boat. We talked to her about her OFI Module I research, which looks at land claims and self-governance processes between Indigenous peoples and the Federal and Provincial or Territorial governments of Canada through the lens of the cultural relations with fish. More broadly, Gillian investigates how management of fisheries in land claims areas is negotiated and ultimately implemented in light of these relations.
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