Our lab works at the intersection of public and private policies related to fish and seafood production and consumption in order to contribute to more equitable seafood governance regimes. We are motivated by notions of equity and fairness, and believe that the way humans use the ocean, and the resources within, should be governed in ways that ensure both ecological resilience and social wellbeing.
Within Canadian waters, our work focuses on fisheries and ecosystems in the North Atlantic, Nunavut, Nunatsiavut, and coastal British Columbia. Globally, we also research fisheries and seafood supply chains in the Indian Ocean, Indonesia, and the Western and Central Pacific Ocean. We work with both small-scale fisheries that land only a couple tonnes per year as well as the largest fisheries in the world.
We are economists, marine biologists, and social scientists who get out of bed every morning to conduct sound, meaningful, and applied interdisciplinary science in pursuit of sustainable and prosperous ecosystems, fisheries, and societies.
As a group, we sat down and thought about the different projects we are involved in, and how they contribute to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These Goals are agreed upon by the global community as things we want to have and see in the world in the not-too-distant future. All of what we do contributes to Goal 14 – life below water, and we do it through engagement with, and by studying, partnerships (Goal 17) and bring all of our work into our teaching to promote ideas behind, and pathways towards, sustainable development (Goal 4).