March 2021

News and Updates

OFI Module I Research in Focus
The latest from OFI and partners
New publications
Call for contributions
Researcher of the Month
OFI Module I Research in Focus 
Fish Harvesters' Knowledge & Science: Research in OFI Module I-B
by Dr. Erin Carruthers, FFAW Fisheries Scientist & Dr. Barbara Neis, OFI Module I-B Lead
According to Dr. Erin Carruthers and Dr. Barbara Neis, "for multispecies, owner-operator enterprises on our coasts, understanding the temporal and spatial distribution of this [American place, also known as deep-water flounder] and other fish species, is key to designing access and allocation processes appropriate for sustainable future inshore fisheries. Utilizing fishers' knowledge in the historical reconstruction is one crucial tool for this kind of initiative." For this reason, as part of OFI Module I-B on 'Fish Harvesters' Knowledge & Science', funded jointly by Module I, InnovateNL and the FFAW, Erin Carruthers and Ian Ivany at the FFAW are collaborating with Module I researcher Barb Neis to conduct groundfish harvester interviews and use DFO landings data to help assess how flounder contributed to the socioeconomic wellbeing of multispecies enterprises and to Newfoundland’s fishing communities prior to the closure of the fishery in the 1990s. 
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Congratulations to Ruyel Miah for the successful defence of his M.Sc. thesis at the Sylhet Agricultural University in Bangladesh!
by Ruyel Miah, OFI Module I Master's student
OFI Module I Master's student Ruyel Miah has successfully defended his Master of Science thesis titled 'Assessing important biological, economic and social sustainability aspects of Mud crab (Scylla serrata) fishery in the Sundarbans mangrove forest' at Sylhet Agricultural University (SAU), Bangladesh, on February 3, 2021. He had been working under the supervision of Dr. Mohammad Mahmudul Islam, a former Ocean Frontier Institute (OFI) funded post-doctoral fellow, and co-supervised by Mohammad Mosarof Hossain. "I feel that the Master’s program at Sylhet Agricultural University (SAU) has been instrumental in growing my interest in small-scale fisheries-related research. Through this program, I realized that social-ecological changes are inherently linked to sustainable livelihoods for small-scale fishers." - says Ruyel.
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Welcome Lilian Saul, our newest OFI Module I Master's student!
by Lilian Saul, OFI Module I Master's student
Our newest OFI Module I Master's student brings in a background in commercial fisheries, having worked as a deckhand in Maine lobstering for six years, and planning her second fishing season as a deckhand in Bristol Bay Alaska this summer. She began her Masters of Arts at Memorial University in the Fall of 2020 in the Geography Department under supervision of Dr. Ratana Chuenpagdee. Her research interests include studying governance in Newfoundland fisheries and the interaction between law and policy and coastal fishing communities. So far, she has discovered that "governance solutions to present issues are complex and integrated and that research needs to look at the interactions between elements rather than only one component, as is the case in species-specific research. Research on fisheries governance needs to assess not just inputs and outputs of specific policies, or values and principles motivating those policies, but also the overall frameworks and institutions in which decisions are made and how the levels of those interact."
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The latest from OFI and partners
OFI Module I Lead Dr. Ratana Chuenpagdee joins SDGs meeting & International Ocean Institute's Refresher course
On February 11th, Dr. Chuenpagdee gave a talk at the 2021 SDG Conference Bergen as part of the parallel session 'How does inequality post-COVID-19 affect Coastal Communities?', where she focused on the effect of COVID-19 on coastal communities. According to her, "small-scale fisheries must be seen as ‘solutions’ for ocean sustainability, as part of a transdisciplinary process built upon reorganizing fisheries, restoring ecosystem, redistributing subsidies, rethinking governance and rebuilding capacity."
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Dr. Chuenpagdee gave a lecture on ‘Why Do Small-scale Fisheries Matter for Ocean Sustainability?’ as part of the International Ocean Institute (IOI) Canada Alumni Refresher Course 2020 on 'Ocean Governance: Issues of Immediate Concern'. The series welcomed her on the opening day of the Training Programme, November 16, 2020, marking its 40th Anniversary. 
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New publications
New e-book 'Blue Justice for Small-Scale Fisheries: A Global Scan' - Volume II
by OFI Module I partner Too Big To Ignore
In celebration of the World Day of Social Justice, our partner Too Big To Ignore has released their second volume of the e-book 'Blue Justice for Small-Scale Fisheries: A Global Scan', edited by Vesna Kerezi and Dr. Ratana Chuenpagdee. The e-book features eleven Blue Justice stories from nine countries around the world and is available for free download on TBTI's website
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New Samudra Report 'On and by the Water'
by Dr. Svein Jentoft
In this recently published Samudra report, Dr. Svein Jentoft, Professor Emeritus of the Norwegian College of Fishery Science at The Arctic University of Norway in Tromsø discusses the need for implementation of the Small-Scale Fisheries Guidelines with an account for Blue Economy and Blue Growth plans. According to the author, "whether growth in the Blue Economy will be a win-win, depends on what is included in the concept, on how it is fitted to local contexts". He emphasizes the importance of including small-scale fisheries in the discourse, who are at risk of losing their livelihoods - "if they are not at the table, they are on the menu."
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Call for Contributions
'Thinking Big About Small-Scale Fisheries in Canada' - A new e-book by current and former OFI Module I team members
by Dr. Evan Andrews, Jack Daly and Dr. Christine Knott
The e-book 'Thinking Big About Small-Scale Fisheries in Canada' edited by Dr. Evan Andrews, Jack Daly and Dr. Christine Knott calls for research and perspectives on small-scale fisheries in Canada. The editors are seeking contributions in the form of written essays and stories (up to 4,000 words) with visual images, videos, and/or audio recordings that describe challenging changes and opportunities to address and anticipate change in local governance. Topics of the essays and stories can include economic, social and cultural contributions of Canadian small-scale fisheries to communities and economies at the local, national and global level. The editors are also interested in historical or recent policies and institutions changes, which may have shifted and shaped small-scale fisheries in Canada. Finally, they welcome contribution about efforts, strategies, and local governance taken by all actors to address these changes. Submit an expression of interest as an e-mail attachment to by March 15, 2021.
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Join Photography Contest & Panel Discussion 'From Hook to Fork: A Missing Link in the Fish Chain'
by Mirella Leis, OFI Module I Project Coordinator & volunteer Ocean Bridge Youth Ambassador
From Hook to Fork: A Missing Link in the Fish Chain’ intends to raise public awareness on the lack of access to fresh, locally-caught, sustainably harvested fish and seafood in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador (NL) and its implications to fisheries sustainability, food sovereignty and the economy of coastal communities. It proposes to do by inviting the public to submit photos on one of the following categories: i) harvesting, ii) processing, iii) retailing and marketing and iv) preparation and consumption to an online photo contest that is taking place from February 20 to March 4, 2021. On March 5, 2021 from 6:30-7:30 pm NST a panel discussion will bring together local stakeholders to reflect on the theme of access to fish and seafood in the province. Winners of the photography contest and voters' prize draw will be announced at the end of the panel discussion and receive prizes in support of local community organizations. 'From Hook to Fork' photo contest and panel discussion is organized by OFI Module I Project Coordinator and volunteer Ocean Bridge Youth Ambassador Mirella Leis with funding support from Ocean Wise.
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Researcher of the Month
Meet Dr. María Andrée López Gómez, our OFI Module I Researcher of the Month!
by Dr. María Andrée López Gómez, OFI Module I Post-doctoral Fellow
Dr. María Andrée López Gómez is a post-doctoral fellow with OFI Module I who likes to combine her background in Public Health (MPH), Sociology and Demography (MA) and Occupational Health (PhD) to study how policies impact work and workers. Her current research focuses on identifying which factors and dynamics are involved in recruitment, training and retention of people in small-scale fisheries in Newfoundland. Maria explains that "understanding the paths that people take to enter fisheries work and the obstacles they encounter as well as any facilitators is important to develop policies that enable recruitment and sustainable retention in small-scale fisheries." She hopes that the work she does in Module I-2 along with Dr. Nicole Power brings more understanding about the intended and unintended consequences that policies have on coastal livelihoods. 
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A message from OFI Module I Project Coordinator
 OFI Module I Project Coordinator Mirella Leis takes on a new role with OFI FOCI as Knowledge Mobilization Coordinator
by Mirella Leis, OFI Module I Project Coordinator
It has been a pleasure working with you as Project Coordinator of OFI Module I for the past (almost) three years! I thank you for the opportunity of learning from and connecting with each and every one of you. Although I am now leaving my position with Module I, I will not be going very far! You will see me as Knowledge Mobilization Coordinator of OFI's Future Ocean and Coastal Infrastructures (FOCI), which some of you are now part of as well as we start OFI Phase II. I will also continue working as a volunteer Ocean Bridge Youth Ambassador with Ocean Wise, where I have focused on developing a mobile application called 'The Fish Market' for (re)connecting fish harvesters to local consumers in NL. I hope we can stay in touch, and collaborate as part of OFI FOCI and other projects. Thank you for your continued support!
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