Project trip to Nain: Reflections on fisheries management

Guest blog by Melina Kourantidou, Post-doc In late November (2018) I travelled to Nain (Nunajnguk) for participation in a workshop organized by the Torngat Wildlife Plants and Fisheries Secretariat. This was part the first of what is sure to be a series of project trips for my new postdoc position funded by the Ocean FrontiersContinue reading “Project trip to Nain: Reflections on fisheries management”

An open letter to the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson

Guest blog by Hussain Sinan, PhD student An open letter to the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard. Dear Honourable Minister, I would like to thank you Honourable Minister for taking time from your busy schedule and visiting Dalhousie University to join the fire-side chat on October 22. Your interventionsContinue reading “An open letter to the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson”

PhD position:Human dimensions of marine ecosystem-based management in Nunatsiavut

Need | We are seeking a highly qualified and ambitious candidate interested in pursuing a PhD in marine socio-economics. The successful candidate will contribute to work of the Ocean Frontier Institute (OFI,, and be housed within Module E: Ecosystem Indicators. This is an exciting opportunity to be at the forefront of contributing to safe,Continue reading “PhD position:Human dimensions of marine ecosystem-based management in Nunatsiavut”

Fishy travel notes from Cabo Verde – guest post by Helen Packer

I recently came back from a small group of volcanic islands located in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, off the coast of West Africa where the sun shines everyday and rainfalls are celebrations, where landslides and volcanic eruptions are never too far in the future (at least in geological time), where the music isContinue reading “Fishy travel notes from Cabo Verde – guest post by Helen Packer”

Is “sustainability” sustainable anymore? – Guest post by Hussain Sinan

The Maldives – a tiny island state in the middle of the Indian Ocean – is where I call home. It’s known for its pristine waters, 5-star resorts, and fisheries. Of the three, the locals most clearly identify with the fisheries, and specifically our world-renown tuna fishery. Our tuna are caught sustainably – one-at-a-time withContinue reading “Is “sustainability” sustainable anymore? – Guest post by Hussain Sinan”

Securing small-scale fisheries?

  The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) has been the reigning seafood certification for a number of years. But its accessibility and appropriateness for the small-scale developing world sector has been questioned. Through key informant interviews and bench-marking the MSC standard and the standard of Fair Trade USA, an alternative socially-based standard, against the FAO GuidelinesContinue reading “Securing small-scale fisheries?”

IIFET Special Session: RFMOs

We need to shake up the way we manage shared fish stocks. Climate change, catch shares, and privatization are all proving too much for Regional Fisheries Management Organizations to keep up with. In this special session, speakers will present on how different RFMOs are or are not rising to the challenge of operationalizing the next generationContinue reading “IIFET Special Session: RFMOs”

Postdoctoral position: Fisheries allocation in Canada’s North

  Along with Nigel Hussey at the University of Windsor, and in association with the Nunavut Wildlife Management Board (NWMB), I am recruiting a Postdoctoral Fellow to conduct revisions of a fisheries allocation policy for turbot and shrimp fisheries in Nunavut, and to develop a framework for future allocation decision making in Nunavut. Please seeContinue reading “Postdoctoral position: Fisheries allocation in Canada’s North”