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