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Informing Governance Responses in a Changing Ocean

The Newfoundland and Labrador fisheries are in a period of transformation marked by declining crab and shrimp quotas, signs of cod stock recovery, an aging workforce, concerns about labour shortages and conflict around resource access, governance and stock assessment science. As climate change proceeds, the resource, regulatory, market and fiscal landscapes are also being transformed.

This research project will:

  • appraise resource, industry and regulatory changes over the past 50 years
  • develop a collaborative assessment of the current status, vulnerabilities and opportunities
  • identify key challenges and use this information to design alternative governance responses
  • incorporate findings into international discussions about options to rebuild collapsed fisheries/threatened communities and plan for a safe and sustainable future.

 Principal investigators:

  • Ratana Chuenpagdee, Department of Geography, Memorial University of Newfoundland
  • Barbara Neis, Department of Sociology Memorial University of Newfoundland
OFI researcher earns recognition 

Dr. Barb Neis, a Professor at Memorial's Department of Sociology, has been named a Member of the Order of Canada for her work to advance environmental protection and human health, especially as it relates to the unique applications within Canada’s coastal communities.

Dr. Neis also recently received Memorial University’s John Lewis Paton Distinguished University Professorship. The award recognizes faculty who embody the university’s mission by demonstrating exceptional teaching, undertaking world-class research and sharing their knowledge and expertise widely. The award is comprised of the lifetime designation Distinguished University Professor and a grant of $20,000 to support future research, teaching and/or public engagement activities at Memorial University.