OceanCanada Launches Its New Website
The folks at OceanCanada felt the need to revamp the website to make it more appealing, colourful, and dynamic, and to facilitate visitor access to the various components that make up the foundation of our partnership. So, we are extremely pleased to announce the launch of our brand new website. Some of the improved features include:
- Streamlined menus that are easier to navigate
Rotating images that will be changed periodically
Latest news and events prominently displayed
Regions located under one expanding menu item
Development is ongoing, and we continue to populate the website by Working Group, highlighting activities, researchers, publications, videos, and presentations. As we move forward, we will be dedicating space to students and postdocs, as well as to projects being undertaken by our Cross-Cutting Themes (CCTs).
New Web/Data Manager
Our new website would not have been possible without the hard work and dedication of our Web/Data Manager, Duncan Burnside, who has been with us since March 2017. Duncan will also be responsible for our data management using Dataverse, a data repository at the UBC Library.
Originally from Scotland, Duncan graduated from the University of St Andrews in 2008, and has since worked in a variety of eCommerce, Digital Marketing and Web Development roles in the UK and Australia, and in Canada since 2013.
Welcome, Duncan, and thank you for the fantastic job you have done on the website! firstname.lastname@example.org
HIGHLY QUALIFIED PERSONNEL PROJECTS
OceanCanada is fortunate to have a large pool of Highly Qualified Personnel (HQP) to help us achieve our mandate.
Completed HQP projects:
Andrés Cisneros-Montemayor (Postdoctoral Fellow; UBC) has accepted a full time position as Program Manager and Research Associate with the Nereus Program at UBC. He led the development of the first version of the OceanCanada database on Canadian marine research.
- John Driscoll (PhD; UBC) and Edward Gregr (PhD; UBC), successfully completed their project, “Effects of Sea Otter Reestablishment on Ecosystem Service Benefits Derived by Coastal Communities on the West Coast of Vancouver Island,” with Kai Chan. It is an analysis that illustrates how the distribution of ecosystem services providers informs trade-offs not apparent when place is ignored. At the local scale, the project showed how subsistence could be characterised based on the proportion of catch loss near coastal communities.
- Michelle Fairbrother (Masters; Carleton University) worked on data and mapping for integration of Genome Canada work for the Arctic Ocean Atlas.
- Haley Milko (MRM; SFU), successfully defended her thesis, “Identifying Best Practices in Fisheries Monitoring and Stewardship Training for First Nations Youth.”
- Robert Oikle (Masters; Carleton University) worked on upgrading the Siku Atlas to use latest Nunaliit technology. He is working with a software developer on new features for Arctic Ocean Atlas.
- Laura Salisbury (Masters; Carleton University) worked on integrating Inuit place name datasets for the Arctic Ocean Atlas.
- Charlotte Whitney (PhD; UVic) and Nathan Bennett (Postdoctoral Fellow; UBC and University of Washington) hosted a workshop on social-ecological adaptive capacity.
We have many ongoing HQP projects which we will report upon in upcoming newsletters.
PARTNER & COLLABORATOR NEWS
Ecotrust has an initiative called ThisFish that focuses on seafood sustainability and consumer awareness. Through software it has developed for “traceability,” identification codes are generated which remain with the product from boat to market. Consumers can look up codes online to find the “backstory” of their seafood. Read more.
The Water Institute at the University of Waterloo co-hosted with OceanCanada, “Coastal watersheds in the Anthropocene: understanding rapid change and implication for people and ecosystems” on March 2, 2017. A panel discussion chaired by Simon Courtenay, Canadian Rivers Institute, was comprised of the following OceanCanada members:
- Natalie Ban, University of Victoria
- William Cheung, University of British Columbia
- David VanderZwaag, Dalhousie University
- Ratana Cheunpagdee, Memorial University
OceanCanada World Oceans Day Events
World Oceans Day is coming up soon, on June 8! OceanCanada is marking this important date by conducting an Access to Resources Cross-Cutting Theme Workshop at the University of British Columbia on June 8 and 9, facilitated by Nathan Bennett, Maery Kaplan-Hallam, and Megan Bailey. Sarah Newell will be in the field on June 8 conducting her community-based research related to how climate change is affecting the food security, cultural continuity, and community health and well-being of people in Chesterfield Inlet, Nunavut. And Rashid Sumaila will be giving a presentation to the Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans of the Canadian Parliament.
What will you do on June 8 to mark World Oceans Day?
Tweet us at @OceanCanada or tag your activities with #WorldOceansDay
- May 23. China’s appetite for seafood is pushing global fish stocks to the brink. Australia Financial Review.
- May 21. Does marine conservation need a ‘Hippocratic Oath’? UBC researcher says yes. CBC News.
- May 18. Overfishing risks collapsing global fishing industry. VOA Learning English.
- May 15. China cracks down on coastal fisheries. Science.
- May 12. Minister Susi receives Peter Benchley Ocean awards. Tempo.
- May 11. Peter Benchley Ocean Awards 2017: a celebration of excellence in ocean conservation. Ocean Currents.
- April 30. China’s appetite pushes fish population to brink. Business Mirror.
- April 27. Not just a boys’ club: women hooking into fishing industry. VOA News.
- April 7. Warming oceans may lead to smaller fish. Inside Science.
- February 3. Fish economist, Dr. Rashid Sumaila, wins “Academy Award of the Sea.” The Ubyssey.
RESEARCHER IN PROFILE
Nathan Bennett (website: nathanbennett.ca) is co-lead of OceanCanada’s Pacific Working Group as well as our Access cross-cutting theme. He is currently cross-appointed as a Banting Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Washington and a Liber Ero Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of British Columbia.
As a broadly trained environmental social scientist, he chooses to primarily focus on research projects that interrogate various aspects of the complex relationship between the environment and human society with a solution-oriented lens. His research interests examine the human dimensions of marine conservation, fisheries, ocean governance, and global environmental change. Prior to his current position, he was a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow at UBC with Dr. Terre Satterfield and Dr. Kai Chan. For his doctoral research, supported by a Trudeau Scholarship and a SSHRC Joseph Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholar Award, he worked with Dr. Phil Dearden as part of Project IMPAACT and the Marine Protected Areas Research Group at the University of Victoria. His dissertation focused on various aspects of the relationship between marine protected areas, climate change, and local livelihoods on the Andaman coast of Thailand. His Master’s research with Dr. Harvey Lemelin at Lakehead University focused on the role of a Canadian national park in the social, cultural, political, and economic development of the Lutsel K’e Dene First Nation in the Northwest Territories, Canada. He was given the Canadian Association of Geographers Robin P. Armstrong Award for his thesis. His current research activities include projects focusing on such topics as marine protected area governance in Canada and the Mediterranean Sea, responses of small-scale fishing communities to environmental change in Thailand and Canada, integration of indigenous and local community needs and perspectives into conservation globally, marine conservation planning initiatives in Mexico, the consideration of equity and access in fisheries management in Canada, and the human dimensions of large-scale marine protected areas.
Natalie Baird, a Master’s student at the University of Manitoba, has completed an Arctic-focused project with the Inuit community of Pangnirtung, Nunavut, which explores the role of participatory video and art making in understanding of social-ecological ocean systems. Her video, Visualizing Changing Oceans: Inuit Knowledge and Participatory Video, is one of 25 finalists for a 2017 SSHRC Storytellers Award. (View video here)
Alava JJ, editor. 2017. Tropical pinnipeds: bio-ecology, threats and conservation.
Alava JJ, Cheung WWL, Ross P, Sumaila UR. 2017. (Global Change Biology) Climate change-contaminant interactions in marine food webs: towards a conceptual framework.
Armitage D, Charles A, Berkes F, editors. Governing the coastal commons: communities, resilience and transformation.
Bailey M, Vestergaard N, Sumaila UR. 2017. (The WSPC reference on natural resources and environmental policy in the era of global change) Overcoming principal-agent problems to improve cooperative governance of internationally shared fisheries.
Ban NC, Davies TE, Aguilera SE, Brooks C, Cox M, Epstein G, Evans LS, Maxwell SM, Nenadovic M. 2017. (Global Environmental Change) Social and ecological effectiveness of large marine protected areas.
Bennett NJ, Teh L, Ota Y, Christie P, Ayers A, Day JC, Franks P, Gilli D, Gruby RL, Kittinger JN, Koehn Z, Lewis N, Parks J, Vierros M, Whitty TS, Wilhelm A, Wright K, Aburtor JA, Finkbeiner EM, Gaymer CF, Govan H, Gray N, Jarvis RM, Kaplan-Hallam M, Satterfield T. 2017. (Marine Policy) An appeal for a code of conduct for marine conservation.
Cisneros-Montemayor AM, Cheung WWL, Sumaila UR. 2017. (Data Dryad) Integrated metadata database of Canadian marine research.
Harper S, Grubb C, Stiles M, Sumaila UR. 2017. (Coastal Management) Contributions by women to fisheries economies: insights from five maritime countries.
Lancaster D, Volpe JP, Haggarty D, Dearden P, Ban NC. 2017. (Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems) Effectiveness of shore-based remote camera monitoring for quantifying recreational fisher compliance in marine conservation areas.
Scassa T, Taylor F. (Data Science Journal) Legal and ethical issues around incorporating traditional knowledge in polar data infrastructures.
Schuhbauer A, Chuenpagdee R, Cheung WWL, Greer K, Sumaila UR. 2017. (Marine Policy) How subsidies affect the economic viability of small-scale fisheries.
VanderZwaag DL, Bailey M, Shackell NL. 2017. (Ocean Yearbook) Canada-U.S. fisheries management in the Gulf of Maine: taking stock and charting future coordinates in the face of climate change.
Whitney CK, Bennett NJ, Ban NC, Allison EH, Armitage D, Blythe JL, Burt JM, Cheung W, Finkbeiner EM, Kaplan-Hallam M, Perry I, Turner NJ, Yumagulova L. 2017. (Ecology and Society) Adaptive capacity: from assessment to action in coastal social-ecological systems.
La Paz, Mexico, March 22-24, 2017. Cisneros-Montemayor, Andrés; Munro, Gordon; Sanjurjo, E.; Hernandez Trejo, V.; Sumaila, Rashid.
Strategies and rationale for fishery subsidy reform. North American Association of Fisheries Economists Forum.
La Paz, Mexico, March 22-24, 2017. Schuhbauer, Anna; Cisneros-Montemayor Andrés; Sumaila, Rashid.
Economic viability of small- compared to large-scale fisheries using Mexico as an example. North American Association of Fisheries Economists Forum.
La Paz, Mexico, March 22-24, 2017. Sumaila, Rashid. 2017.
Fisheries subsidies: why should you care about them? North American Association of Fisheries Economists Forum.
London, UK, March 17, 2017. Sumaila, Rashid.
Fishing in troubled waters: geopolitics and resource security. 10th International Illegal Unreported and Unregulated Fishing Forum.
Waterloo, ON, March 2, 2017. Ban, Natalie.
A social-ecological systems perspective of rapid change. Coastal Watersheds in the Anthropocene: Understanding Rapid Change and Implication for People and Ecosystems.
Waterloo, ON, March 2, 2017. Cheung, William.
The future of Canadian fisheries under multiple human drivers. Coastal Watersheds in the Anthropocene: Understanding Rapid Change and Implication for People and Ecosystems.
Waterloo, ON, March 2, 2017. Cheunpagdee, Ratana.
A transdisciplinary perspective on change. Coastal Watersheds in the Anthropocene: Understanding Rapid Change and Implication for People and Ecosystems.
Waterloo, ON, March 2, 2017. VanderZwaag, David.
Canadian ocean governance in the Anthropocene: legal laments and promises. Coastal Watersheds in the Anthropocene: Understanding Rapid Change and Implication for People and Ecosystems.
Please see our website for a complete list of publications and presentations by Working Group.
OceanCanada–Vancouver Aquarium Speaker Series
We are very excited to announce a new speaker series that we are jointly hosting with our partner, Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre. The first event, held on February 28, was a great success! Here is a sample of this season’s lineup:
February 28, 2017
History of Aboriginal and Commercial Fisheries on the NW Coast and Implications for the Future
Moderator, Rashid Sumaila, OceanCanada Director
- Dave Barrett, Manager, Pacific Fisheries Monitoring and Compliance Panel
- Dane Chauvel, Organic Ocean and commercial fisherman
- Alejandro Frid, University of Victoria Environmental Studies and Central Coast Indigenous Resource Alliance
- Rupert Gale, Ritchie Foundation and recreational fisherman
April 11, 2017
Current Issues and Future Projections for Local, Aboriginal and Commercial Fisheries
Moderator, Andrew Day, Vancouver Aquarium
- Owen Bird, Executive Director, Sport Fishing Institute of BC
- Andrés Cisneros-Montemayor, Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries, UBC
- Other speakers to be announced.
September 12, 2017
How Climate Change and Pollution are Affecting our Oceans
Moderator, Eric Solomon, Vancouver Aquarium
- Juan José Alava, Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries, UBC
- Peter Ross, Coastal Ocean Research Institute
- Other speakers to be announced.
November 7, 2017
Making Sustainable Choices
Moderator, Ann-Marie Copping, Vancouver Aquarium
- Allison Witter, Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries, UBC
- Other speakers to be announced.
OceanCanada New Working Paper Series Launched
OceanCanada has recently launched a Working Paper series, the first paper being Adaptive Governance of Social-Ecological Regime Shifts in Coastal Fishery Systems: A Case Study of a Potential Regime Shift in a Shrimp Fishery System in Northern Newfoundland, Canada by PhD Candidate Evan Andrews and Professor Derek Armitage, members of OceanCanada’s Atlantic Working Group based at the University of Waterloo.
Researcher in Profile – Dr. David VanderZwaag
Dr. VanderZwaag, OceanCanada Law and Policy Working Group Co-lead, is Professor of Law. He holds the Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in Ocean Law and Governance at and is Associate Director of the Marine and Environmental Law Institute, Dalhousie University, where he teaches international environmental law. He is a member of the IUCN’s World Commission on Environmental Law (WCEL) and Co-chair of the WCEL’s Specialist Group on Oceans, Coasts and Coral Reefs. As a co-founder of the Australian-Canadian Oceans Research Network (ACORN), he has done research and lectured in South and Southeast Asia, the South Pacific, Europe, and the Caribbean. In addition, he is an elected member of the International Council of Environmental Law, and serves on the editorial boards of Ocean and Coastal Management, Marine Policy, Ocean Yearbook and Yearbook of Polar Law. Dr. VanderZwaag has authored over 150 papers in the marine and environmental law field. His most recent book publications are: Aquaculture Law and Policy: Global, Regional and National Perspectives (edited with N. Bankes and I. Dahl; Edward Elgar, 2016); Routledge Handbook of National and Regional Ocean Policies (edited with B. Cicin-Sain and M. Balgos; Routledge, 2015); Polar Oceans Governance in an Era of Environmental Change (edited with T. Stephens; Edward Elgar, 2014); Recasting Transboundary Fisheries Management Arrangements in Light of Sustainability Principles: Canadian and International Perspectives (edited with D.A. Russell; Martinus Nijhoff, 2010); Towards Principled Oceans Governance: Australian and Canadian Approaches and Challenges (edited with D.R. Rothwell; Routledge, 2006); and Aquaculture Law and Policy: Towards Principled Access and Operations (edited with G. Chao; Routledge, 2006). Some of his recent presentations include:
- Ottawa, ON, October 26, 2016. Canadian fisheries management: moving from legal laggard to legislative leader. Oceana Canada Science Symposium
- St. John’s, NL, July 30-August 3, 2016. Canada and the protection of marine species at risk: paper promises, paltry progressions. International Marine Conservation Congress.
- Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, April 27-29, 2016. Ocean acidification: a tangled and tepid international governance seascape. World Environmental Law Congress, Biodiversity and Marine Ecosystems Session, Supreme Court of the State of Rio de Janeiro.
- Halifax, NS, March 29, 2016. Renewable ocean energy and the international law and policy seascape: tangled currents. Offshore Renewable Energy Governance Panel, EU Centre of Excellence, Dalhousie University.
- Hobart, Australia, February 9-12, 2016. Marine species on the move in the northwest Atlantic: a sea of transboundary governance challenges. Species on the Move Conference, Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS) and University of Tasmania.
Partner and Collaborator News
United Nations University – Institute for Water, Environment and Health (UNU-IWEH) and McMaster University are co-sponsoring the Spring 2017 Public Lecture, Facing Climate Change: The Environmental Commissioner’s 2016 GHG Progress Report, on March 21. The keynote speaker is Dr. Diane Saxe, Environmental Commissioner of Ontario. Other co-sponsors include Ontario Climate Consortium, City of Hamilton, and Sustainable Hamilton/Burlington.
In 2016 Oceana Canada commissioned a comprehensive public analysis on the state of Canada’s fish populations and concluded that a lack of government transparency was threatening recovery efforts. Oceana Canada Wavemakers called on the Canadian government to increase transparency, and it responded. At Oceana Canada’s symposium last year, the Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, announced the release of critical fisheries data and a new investment of $24 million per year toward supporting healthy fish populations. Read more here.
The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority has launched a unique program for marine vessels operating in the Port of Vancouver to address concerns about underwater vessel noise affecting at- risk marine life. Starting this year, the port authority is adding new incentive criteria to its existing EcoAction program to include harbour due rate discounts for quieter ships. This makes Canada the first country in the world with a marine noise reduction incentive. Read more here.
The T. Buck Suzuki Environmental Foundation has recently joined the OceanCanada Partnership. Since its establishment, it has been involved in numerous habitat-related campaigns, including efforts to halt pulp and sewage pollution, destructive logging practices and water diversions. Working with other organizations, the Foundation played a leadership role in the campaign that led to the cancellation of the Kemano Completion Project on the Nechako River – a development that threatened millions of salmon in the Fraser watershed. In addition to its campaigns, the Foundation has initiated marsh reclamation projects and established a riparian nursery dedicated to rearing native plants for stream restoration.
Research in the News
- Trading for Sustainable Fisheries.
IndraStra, January 20.
- Food and jobs from fish hinge on Paris Agreement.
Futurity, January 3.
- Paris warming limit will increase fish catches.
Climate News Network, December 30.
- Climate change could have devastating impact on global fisheries.
CBC News, December 22.
- International climate targets good for global fisheries: B.C. researchers.
Canadian Press, December 22.
- Study: Nova Scotia catches could be maintained if world abides by Paris climate agreement.
Local Xpress, December 22.
- World’s fishing fleet to catch 25 billion fewer fish a year by 2100 unless more is done to stop climate change.
Independent, December 22.
- Global warming could cause fishing to decline by millions of tons each year, study says.
San Diego Union-Tribune, December 22.
- The Paris Climate Agreement Could Save Commercial Fishing.
Gizmodo, December 22.
- A court case that could impact the Nova Scotia in-shore fishery.
CBC-NS Information Morning, December 13.
Members of OceanCanada’s Knowledge Mobilization Working Group have produced a short video based on footage of students and postdoctoral researchers filmed during our May 2016 conference at UBC. Interviewees talk about the importance of research to inform policy for the future health of Canada’s ocean regions and the communities that depend on them. View it on Vimeo.
Click on the titles for further information and abstracts.
Ban SS et al. 2016. (Global Ecology and Conservation) Identifying potential marine climate change refugia: a case study in Canada’s Pacific marine ecosystems
Bennett NJ et al. 2017. (Biological Conservation) Conservation social science: understanding and integrating human dimensions to improve conservation
Cheung WWL, Reygondeau G, Frölicher TL. 2016. (Science) Large benefits to marine fisheries of meeting the 1.5°C global warming target
Cisneros-Montemayor AM et al. 2017. (Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences) Towards an integrated database of Canadian ocean resources: benefits, current states, and research gaps
Khan A, Charles A, Armitage D. 2016. (Climate Policy) Place-based or sector-based adaptation? A case study of municipal and fishery policy integration
Saunders P, Haward M. 2016. (Ocean Development and International Law) Politics, science, and species protection law: a comparative consideration of southern and Atlantic bluefin tuna
Teh LSL, Cheung WWL, Sumaila UR. 2016. (Regional Environmental Change) Scenarios for investigating the future of Canada’s oceans and marine fisheries under environmental and socio-economic change
Teh LSL, Hotte N, Sumaila UR. 2017. (Maritime Studies) Having it all: can fisheries buybacks achieve capacity, economic, ecological, and social objectives?
Teh LSL et al. 2016. (PLoS One) Impact of high seas closure on food security in low income fish dependent countries
Tyson W, Lantz TC, Ban NC. 2016. (Arctic) Cumulative effects of environmental change on culturally significant ecosystems in the Inuvialuit Settlement Region
- Victoria, BC, March 7, 2017. Sumaila, Rashid. A simple bio-economic model of the effects of subsidies on small scale (pelagic) fisheries. Pices 2017 Pelagic Symposium.
- Seattle, WA, March 2, 2017. Pinkerton, Evelyn. Co-management and access presentation. Fisheries Access Workshop, University of Washington School of Marine and Environmental Affairs.
- Seattle, WA, March 2, 2017. Sumaila, Rashid. Effective high seas management is necessary for the sustainability of the global ocean. Fisheries Access Workshop, University of Washington School of Marine and Environmental Affairs.
- Seattle, WA, March 2, 2017. Teh, Lydia and Harrington, Lucy. Employment presentation. Fisheries Access Workshop, University of Washington School of Marine and Environmental Affairs.
- New York, NY, February 16, 2017. Sumaila, Rashid. Improve high seas fisheries management and increase economic, social and ecological benefits for our oceans. Our Ocean Our Future, High Seas Alliance and Natural Resources Defense Council, Ocean Conference Preparatory Meeting Side Event.
- Sapporo, Japan, Hokkaido University, February 2, 2017. Sumaila, Rashid. What is sustainability under the global warming? Sustainability and Ecology Seminar Talks, Institute for International Collaboration.
- Victoria, BC, January 24-25, 2017. Sumaila, Rashid. Ways to ensure future for fisheries. BC Young Fishermen’s Gathering.
- Winnipeg, MB, December 6-7, 2016. Hoover, Carie, MacMillan, K, MacPhee, S, and Loseto, L. Regional indicators for marine monitoring in the Inuvialuit Settlement Region. ArcticNet.
- Winnipeg, MB, December 6-7, 2016. Mauro, Ian. Fishing with our hands: visualizing commercial and traditional activities in Pangnirtung’s char fishery. ArcticNet.
- Winnipeg, MB, December 6-7, 2016. Newell, Sarah, and Doubleday, Nancy. Applying current ethical frameworks when conducting research in the Arctic. ArcticNet.
- Cancún, Mexico, December 1-2, 2016. Sumaila, Rashid. Biodiversity, resilience and sustainability. 3rd Science for Biodiversity Forum. Mainstreaming biodiversity for well- being: contributions from science.
- Vancouver, BC, November 24, 2016. Bennett, Nathan. Conservation social science: understanding and integrating human dimensions to improve local to global conservation policy and practice. Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability (IRES) Seminar Series (UBC).
See our website for a complete list of publications and presentations by Working Group.
New OceanCanada Cross-Cutting Themes Created
A key objective of the OceanCanada partnership is to integrate knowledge across academics, community stakeholders, and organizations (private and public sectors) and offer a new avenue for data sharing, cross-fertilization of ideas, co-creation of knowledge, and collaborative building of research and governance capacity for the benefit of both current and future generations of Canadians. At our May 2016 conference, OceanCanada members devoted much time to devising plans to integrate the research of our existing Working Groups: Atlantic, Pacific, and Arctic (regional); and National Data and Integrated Scenarios, Law and Policy, and Knowledge Mobilization (national).
Three new cross-cutting themes (CCTs) were created at this meeting – Access to Resources, Governance, and Changing Oceans, all in the context of ocean health and community well-being. Since our May conference, we have been working hard to advance the work of all groups to provide a more integrated approach to issues related to OceanCanada’s mandate.
The integrative and cross-cutting nature of these themes is captured in the OceanCanada Partnership roof. As depicted in this figure, the goal is to conduct research that cuts across scales and Working Groups
Structure for Cross-Cutting Themes
Each cross-cutting theme (CCT) has a coordinator who works with OceanCanada Director Rashid Sumaila to develop integrative projects, and draw people and resources from across the OceanCanada membership to execute the identified projects. Megan Bailey, CRC in Integrated Ocean and Coastal Governance at Dalhousie University, coordinates the Access to Resources CCT; Carie Hoover, Postdoctoral Fellow at the Centre for Earth Observation Science, University of Manitoba, leads the Governance CCT; and the Changing Oceans CCT is headed by William Cheung, Director of Science for the Nereus Program, University of British Columbia.
The first project for the cross-cutting themes is to develop a workshop on the three themes leading to one or more publications that integrate the regional and national groups’ existing research. Work has begun on this initiative with teleconferencing and the hiring of research assistants.
Together with the OceanCanada Director, theme coordinators will inspire, stimulate, and motivate all OceanCanada members to actively engage in cross-cutting and integrative work that meets the goals of OceanCanada.
Researcher in Profile – Dr. Rashid Sumaila
Dr. Sumaila, OceanCanada Director, is Professor with a joint appointment at the Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries (IOF) and the Liu Institute for Global Issues, and Director of the Fisheries Economics Research Unit (FERU) at the University of British Columbia. He has authored over 200 journal articles, including in Science, Nature and the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management. Dr. Sumaila is winner of the 2013 American Fisheries Society Excellence in Public Outreach award, the Stanford Leopold Leadership Fellowship, and the Pew Marine Fellowship. He has given talks at the UN Rio+20, the WTO, the White House, Canadian Parliament, State Department, African Union, European Parliament and the British House of Lords.
In 2016 Dr. Sumaila presented at numerous conferences, most notably the Our Ocean: One Future conference hosted by US Secretary of State John Kerry, where an address was made by President Barack Obama. Click here to view Dr. Sumaila’s talk (starting at about 8:50).
Other recent presentations were made at the following events:
- Piura, Peru, September 16-18, 2016. Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Climate Symposium, Smart Climate Information and Accountable Action: Achieving Sustainable Food Security in a Changing World.
- Washington, DC, September 14, 2016. Environment and Oceanic Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Chile and the National Geographic Society. Is the Paris Agreement Good News for the Ocean?
- Burnaby, BC, September 7, 2016. Public forum hosted by Terry Beech, Member of Parliament for Burnaby North-Seymour and members of Pacific Caucus on the proposed Trans Mountain Expansion project and an evidence-based discussion on Canada’s energy future.
- Natal, Brazil, August 10-17, 2016. Integrated Marine Biogeochemistry Ecosystem Research (IMBER) ClimEco5 Summer course for approximately 65 early career scholars.
- Vancouver, BC, July 26, 2016. Sea Around Us workshop funded through the MAVA Foundation. Lecture to West African researchers.
- Rome, Italy, March 7-9, 2016. 10X20 Initiative Conference on Marine Protected Areas, Scientific Consensus on MPA Financing, and MPA Financing: Why Invest in MPAs?
World Wildlife Fund-Canada has awarded one of its 2016 Loblaw Water Fund awards to ARCTIConnection (both are OceanCanada partners). For its project “Water quality and fish safety monitoring in the Keewatin Watershed of Arviat, Nunavut,” ARCTIConnection will employ both Inuit knowledge and community-based science to establish a baseline for water quality and fish health near Arviat, part of one of Canada’s least known freshwater systems, the Keewatin Watershed. Read more.
Ecotrust has released the Atlas of Cumulative Landscape Disturbance in the Traditional Territory of Blueberry River First Nations. The 2016 Atlas shows that the Province of BC has not only continued industrial development in the area, but has done so at an accelerated rate, despite its knowledge of the worsening cumulative effects on the Blueberry River First Nations traditional territory. Read more.
OceanCanada welcomes the following organizations as new partners:
Canadian Rivers Institute
Canadian Rivers Institute (CRI) researchers make significant contributions to advancing aquatic sciences, forging industrial partnerships and government collaborations, and building the infrastructure to train and deliver the next generation of water resource scientists in Canada and beyond. Contact Simon Courtenay.
Oceana Canada is an independent charity established to restore Canadian oceans to be as rich, healthy, and abundant as they once were. Founded in 2001, Oceana is the largest international organization focused solely on ocean conservation and includes organizations in Brazil, Belize, Chile, the European Union, Peru, the Philippines and the United States. Oceana organizations work in their home regions to educate the public about ocean conservation issues and to raise the profile of ocean conservation with decision-makers. Contact Robert Rangeley.
United Nations University – Institute for Water, Environment and Health
The UNU Institute for Water, Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH) responds directly to the global water crisis and facilitates global efforts to meet the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The Institute’s three core mandates are to help developing countries meet the MDGs through capacity development, facilitate knowledge enhancement and networking to address the global water crisis, and foster better approaches to water management and governance through applied research designed to fill critical policy gaps. Contact Nidhi Nagabhatla.
Sidney Fels, Professor in the University of British Columbia’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, has joined OceanCanada as a collaborator. Professor Fels’ expertise will assist us in enhancing our communications strategy in terms of our web presence and data management.
Research in the News
- Arctic haven for belugas becomes Canada’s newest protected area.
Globe and Mail, November 16.
- Indigenous knowledge and climate change.
University of Winnipeg News Centre, October 26.
- Liu professor sets scene at 2016 Our Ocean conference.
Liu Institute for Global Issues, September 22.
- Public forum on pipeline and energy strategy at SFU held by Terry Beech.
The Peak, September 12.
- I cambiamenti climatici causeranno forti perdite economiche al settore ittico.
pesceinrete, September 12.
- UBC report: climate change will decimate fisheries.
Global News, September 8.
- Future fisheries can expect $10 billion revenue loss due to climate change.
Science Daily, September 6.
- High seas fisheries management could recoup losses due to climate change.
UBC News, August 30.
- One of the world’s biggest fisheries is on the verge of collapse.
National Geographic, August 29.
WWF-Canada warns that small fish are in big trouble.
World Wildlife Fund News, August 2.
OceanCanada has just released a short video of Natalie Ban, Pacific Region Working Group Co-Lead, talking about the importance of ocean sustainability for coastal communities. View it here.
Click on the titles for author information and abstracts.
- Vancouver (UBC), BC, November 25, 2016. Juan José Alava. Exploring the impact of climate change on the bioaccumulation of chemical pollutants in a marine food web from the northeastern Pacific: an EwE model approach. Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries Seminar Series.
- Vancouver (UBC), BC, November 24, 2016. Nathan Bennett. Conservation social science: understanding and integrating human dimensions to improve local to global conservation policy and practice. Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability (IRES) Seminar Series.
- Nanaimo, BC, June 24, 2016. Andrés Cisneros-Montemayor. DFO State of the Pacific Ocean Meeting.
- Vancouver, BC, April 13-15, 2016. Nathan Bennett and Charlotte Whitney. Adaptive capacity: from assessment to action in social-ecological systems. Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference.
- Vancouver, BC, April 13-15, 2016. Haley Milko and Evelyn Pinkerton. Dilemmas in First Nations’ Monitoring of LNG Developments on the Skeena River Watershed. Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference.
- Ottawa, ON, February 22, 2016. Nathan Bennett. Making real progress on marine protected areas in Canada. All Party Ocean Caucus.
- Hobart, Australia, February 9-12, 2016. David VanderZwaag. Marine species on the move in the northwest Atlantic: sea of governance challenges. Species on the Move Conference, Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS) and University of Tasmania. See our website for a complete list of publications and presentations by Working Group.
Have a happy holiday season, and all the best in 2017!
OceanCanada Conference in Vancouver May 23 - 27
The second OceanCanada Partnership conference was held in Vancouver from May 24-27 on the beautiful grounds of the University of British Columbia. The conference brought together more than 60 researchers, students and post- doctoral fellows, advisory board members, community and institutional partners to take stock of our activities and work towards an integrated research agenda. Through a series of panels and group discussions, round tables and workshops, the conference delegates identiﬁed the emerging threats, challenges, and opportunities facing Canada’s oceans and coastal communities, and began the difﬁcult task of synthesizing research priorities.
OceanCanada Researchers Attend CoastalZone Conference in Toronto
OceanCanada investigators joined researchers from around the world to explore integrated ocean, coastal, lake and watershed management at the 2016 CoastalZone Conference in Toronto, June 12-16.
Researcher Profile: Dr. Natalie Ban
Dr Natalie Ban is an assistant professor in the School of Environmental Studies at the University of Victoria, where she leads the Marine Ethnoecology Research group. Trained in geography (B.A. and M.A. in geography from McGill), resource management and environmental studies (PhD from UBC Fisheries Centre), Dr Natalie Ban draws upon many disciplines from natural and social sciences in her work. Her research interests span ethnoecology, conservation biology, marine spatial planning, conservation planning and implementation, and evaluation and mapping of cumulative impacts, mainly in marine and coastal systems, with funding from both SSHRC and NSERC, among others.
Student Blog Entry: Irene Brueckner-Irwin
Irene Brueckner-Irwin presented a poster at the Bay of Fundy Ecosystem Partnership biennial science workshop from June 8-10 in Fredericton. The theme of the meeting was “Fundy in Flux: Challenges for Science, Policy and Society”. Read about Irene’s experience at the workshop on her blog post.
“Last week, I attended the “Fundy in Flux: Challenges for Science, Policy and Society” science workshop, hosted by the Bay of Fundy Ecosystem Partnership (BoFEP) in Fredericton. BoFEP is a transdisciplinary partnership which promotes ecological integrity, biodiversity, and productivity for the wellbeing of coastal communities. The workshop was an effective way to share knowledge about the dynamic state of the Bay of Fundy, highlighting the importance of place-based science communication as a way to address the challenges and opportunities of complexity and uncertainty.”
OceanCanada Research in the News
Insurance industry unknowingly supports illegal ﬁshing, UBC researchers say.
CBC, July 1
Obama urged to create world’s largest marine reserve
Saipant Tribune, June 27
Nutrition: Fall in ﬁsh catch threatens human health
Nature, June 15
Ten per cent of world could face malnutrition as ﬁsh stocks tumble
Globe and Mail, June 15
Why some coral reefs thrive as others die off
CBC, June 15
One-Fifth of the Global Population Risks Malnutrition As Fish Stocks Decline
Vice (Motherboard), June 15
Greetings and welcome to the Spring 2016 edition of the OceanCanada Newsletter! In this edition you’ll find updates from across the partnership, an interview with advisory board chair Rosemary Ommer, profiles of OCP investigators, students, and post-doctoral fellows, and an interactive map of HQP developed by Evan Andrews (University of Waterloo).
Recently, I’ve been connecting with co-investigators and collaborators across the country, which has allowed me to visit partner sites and explore opportunities for project-wide integration and impact. Our upcoming conference in May at UBC will further our holistic and collaborative approach to research that benefits Canada and its coastal communities. I look forward to further engagement, within and beyond our partnership, and welcome your feedback.
Rashid Sumaila, OceanCanada Scientific Director
Highlights from across the partnership
Welcome – Dr. Simon Courtenay joins the Atlantic working group
Co-Investigator with the Atlantic Working Group, and Scientific Director of the Canadian Water Network at the School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability, University of Waterloo
Editorial – Sustainability of our fisheries requires bold political leadership
Co-authored by David VanderZwaag, Co-lead Law & Policy working group. Policy Options Magazine
Workshop – Dr. Nancy Doubleday and Students at McMaster Water Forum
Sarah Newell (PhD. candidate) and Kathryn Pringle (B.A. candidate) present research at conference with Dr. Nancy Doubleday, Co-Lead Arctic working group
Workshop – Projecting the Arctic Marine Ecosystem Response to Climate Change on a Regional Scale: Developing a Canadian Arctic Ecosystem Model
Presented by Nadja Steiner co-investigator with the National Data and Integrated Scenarios working group, at the DFO-ACCASP meeting on March 3, 2016
Workshop – DFO-Gulf Region synthesis workshop on Northumberland Strait
Attended by Atlantic working group members Dr. Simon Courtenay and Nicole Stamnes. February 2016.
Research – Global Fisheries Subsidies: An Updated Estimate
Co-authored by Rashid Sumaila, OceanCanada Research Director. Marine Policy (in print).
Research – Climate Change could cut First Nation’s Fisheries in Half
Co-authored by Lauren V. Weatherdon and William Cheung, co-investigators with the OceanCanada
Pacfic working group and the Nereus Program at UBC
A Conversation with Rosemary Ommer
Chair of OceanCanada’s Advisory Board
The first in our knowledge mobilization series with OceanCanada researchers and advisors talking about the partnership and the future of Canada’s oceans.
Researcher profile: Dr. William Cheung, UBC
Dr. William Cheung is co-lead of the OceanCanada National Data and Integrated Scenario working group, Associate Professor and Director (Science) of the Nippon Foundation-UBC Nereus Program at the Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries.
His main research areas include understanding the responses and vulnerabilities of marine ecosystems and fisheries to global change, and examining trade-offs in managing and conserving living marine resources. His works cut across multiple disciplines, from oceanography to ecology, economics and social sciences, and range from local to global scales.
Welcome to new graduate students and researchers!
A number of new students and researchers have joined the OceanCanada partnership in the last 4 months. Over the next year we endeavour to profile this outstanding community of High Quality Personnel (HQP) and the research contributions they are making to our partnership. This month, we welcome 4 new additions to the Atlantic working group!
Masters student in the School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability at the University of Waterloo.
PhD student at the School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability at the University of Waterloo.
Postdoctoral researcher with the Environmental Change and Governance Group at the University of Waterloo.
Masters student in the School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability at the University of Waterloo.
Mapping students and post-doctoral researchers
The Atlantic Working Group, led by Dr. Derek Armitage and Evan Andrews, is creating an interactive map of students and post-doctoral researchers across the OceanCanada partnership. The map provides a public platform that students and HQP can use to connect with each other for discussion and collaboration.
Ocean news from around the world
Oceans North Canada calls for Inuit input on Arctic Shipping Corridors
The 37-page report outlines several key recommendations, including the need for a new management structure to govern the areas in the corridors initiative. The organization (a program of The Pew Charitable Trusts) wants to see the creation of a commission co-chaired by the Coast Guard and Inuit beneficiaries.
Conservation in the Age of Climate Change: Why Scientists Are Banking on Drones for Tracking Coastal Climate Research
“UAVs are really at the forefront of improving climate models” by helping scientists better understand the energy transfers between the surface and atmosphere, DeBoer says… “There is inherent uncertainty in doing this sort of [climate modeling] work… and that feeds into how policymakers and industry can use these projections in a meaningful way” to mitigate the impacts of climate change.
Nasa examine’s El Nino’s impact on ocean’s food source
El Nino years can have a big impact on phytoplankton in the ocean, and NASA scientists are studying the relationship between the two…These impacts, which researchers can visualize with satellite data, can ripple up the food chain to fisheries and the livelihoods of fishermen.
Lessons for assessing and building adaptive capacity of coastal social ecological systems
Charlotte Whitney and Nathan Bennett
On November 19-20, 2015, the OceanCanada Pacific Working Group hosted a workshop on adaptive capacity to climate change, a theme with application to specific OceanCanada research objectives within both the Pacific region and nationally. The workshop brought together several researchers from across the OceanCanada Partnership, including Natalie Ban, Ian Perry, Nancy Turner, Jessica Blythe, Derek Armitage, William Cheung, Elena Finkbeiner, Eddie Allison, Maery Kaplan-Hallam, Rashid Sumaila, Kai Chan, and Lily Yumagulova.
Researchers discussed the application of adaptive capacity research to coastal social- ecological systems. The main objectives of the workshop were to explore the variety of approaches used to understand the socio-economic and biophysical changes that are occurring in coastal social-ecological systems and the adaptive capacity of coastal communities. These different approaches to analyzing adaptive capacity have benefits and drawbacks, but to the best of our knowledge, there has not been a comprehensive review of the different methods that can be used to assess adaptive capacity. We explored the strengths, drawbacks, and insights of the range of approaches for analyzing adaptive capacity, and discussed how might these different approaches be applied to analyze the adaptive capacity of linked social-ecological systems.
The outcomes and follow-up from this workshop are twofold: First, we are preparing a paper describing the diversity of assessment tools for studying adaptive capacity, with a set of best practices and considerations, with linked examples and case studies. Second, we intend to develop a decision tool for managers, researchers, and communities that can be applied across regions to further the goals of OceanCanada – namely, to enhance our understanding of the threats facing Canada’s oceans and proactively work towards building adaptive capacity to climate change and associated impacts to coastal social-ecological systems.
James Simonee, sampling fish in Pond Inlet, where local youth are assessing the impact of shipping on marine resources.
OceanCanada supports launching of new ocean-focused and community-based initiative in Pond Inlet, Nunavut
Vincent L’Hérault, ARCTIConnexion
Four years have passed since I first met James Simonee, who was then a student at the Environment Technology Program, Nunavut Arctic College. James is a prolific young hunter who has a deep connection to his culture, a natural curiosity for science and a global vision on the modern challenges that threaten the environment and the marine resources he and his community rely on.
When I met James again in Pond Inlet in 2014, our discussion rapidly led to a mutual interest in working together. Together, we have worked hard to develop a research project that can assess the pressing issue of marine shipping and its impact on the marine resources: whales, seals and fishes, in particular. We have developed a novel paradigm, one in which a young local researcher can take the lead and continually explore and increase research skills while being mentored and supported by a team of researchers.
By spring 2015, we raised enough support to get started on a first trial for the monitoring of Arctic char’s ecology and contaminants in the vicinity of Pond Inlet, along the shipping route utilized for the exportation of ore outwards towards the Eclipse Sound. James has since participated in local training delivered by the Government of Nunavut, Department of Environment, and Nunavut Research Institute, captured and sampled fishes, and worked with local fishers and elders. James is also now participating in data-analysis training with OceanCanada partner, ARCTIConnexion, in Québec City and we are planning our next winter trip for fish sampling scheduled for February 2016.
Our project envisions a fresh definition of partnership and knowledge production in the field of ocean research, by and for local actors. It is designed to advance OceanCanada’s core goal of developing a Canada-wide vision of our three oceans with integrated knowledge and contribution of local stakeholders.
Winter 2015 OceanCanada Core and Related Research
Doubly lucky: Economic impact of the English Bay bunker oil spill of April 2015
An estimation of the economic impacts of the 2015 English Bay, BC, oil spill on Metro Vancouver’s marine-related economic activities, including commercial fishing and tourism activities.
Taking stock and projecting the future of South China Sea fisheries
An application of OceanCanada’s “taking stock” framework for assessing the economic, social and ecological status of fisheries in the South China Sea.
Canada at a crossroad: The imperative for realigning ocean policy with ocean science
An analysis of the gap between Canada’s ocean policy and management activities and ocean science, with key recommendations for Canada’s next government.
Winter 2015 OceanCanada Activities
OceanCanada Director and National Data and Integrated Scenarios Co-lead Rashid Sumaila presented at international forums, including: Congressional Briefing on the fisheries subsidies provisions in Environment Chapter of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement in Washington D.C., November, 2015; Royal Society of Canada Symposium on Social license and marine biodiversity in Victoria, November, 2015.
Communications and Outreach Working Group Co-lead, Eric Solomon, recently conducted workshops in four communities: Kugluktuk, Gjoa Haven, Cambridge Bay and Pond Inlet.
These workshops were geared to identifying priority environmental issues of concern to local communities.The workshops explored the strengths of Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit (Inuit Traditional Knowledge) and science, focusing on ways to combine the two to address environmental issues of concern to the communities.
Vina Brown, Heiltsuk woman from Bella Bella visited The University of Winnipeg. She is developing a participatory documentary film in collaboration with the Communication and Outreach Working Group Co-lead Ian Mauro and OceanCanada Master’s student, Hillary Beattie: Tribal Journeys. Started in 1993 by Heiltsuk leader Frank Brown, the gathering has inspired the revival of canoe culture, and now each year communities across the Pacific coast carve canoes and travel to various regions of the coast to engage in cultural sharing and discussions regarding cultural and ecological sustainability.
Phillip Saunders helped organize a panel on International Law and Resource Management at the Canadian Council on International Law in November, 2015. He presented a paper titled, Management of Highly Migratory Species; Coherence, Chaos and Creative
Conflict, based on research on ICCATT and other RFMOs research conducted last summer.
Members of the OceanCanada Law and Policy Working Group participated in a Canadian Fisheries Research Network workshop in Halifax in November, 2015.
Paige Olmstead, OceanCanada Master’s student, presented at the Canadian and US Societies for Ecological Economics Conference in Vancouver in October, 2015. The presentation was titled, Enhancing stewardship through monetary mechanisms? A new approach for conservation finance.
OceanCanada PhD Student Charlotte Whitney and Postdoc Nathan Bennett organized a workshop on adaptive capacity of coastal communities at The University of British
Columbia, November 19-20, 2015.
OceanCanada Atlantic Working Group sponsored Dr. Ratana Chuenpagdee, Memorial University, to deliver a presentation on the governability challenge of small-scale fisheries at the University of Waterloo in November, 2015.
The Atlantic Working Group held several meetings over the fall of 2015 to develop a research framework and bowtie analysis of cumulative effects monitoring and policy for Northumberland Strait. Participants in these meetings included representatives of the Canadian Fisheries Research Network, the Canadian Water Network, St. Mary’s University, and Fisheries and Oceans Canada.
D.R. Fraser Taylor, Theresa Scassa and Amos Hayes, members of the Arctic Working Group, delivered several presentations at the International Polar Data Forum II at the University of Waterloo, October 2015: Legal and Ethical Norms for Incorporating Traditional Knowledge in Polar Data Infrastructures (Taylor and Scassa); Using Nunaliit for Diverse and Distributed Knowledge Management (Hayes); Data Rescue and Preservation (Taylor).
Arctic Working Group Co-lead D.R. Fraser Taylor and Amos Hayes visited the National Museum of Denmark, Copenhagen, to deliver a series of presentations on cybercartography and Traditional Inuit Knowledge.
Amos Hayes, Arctic Working Group member, demonstrated the new Nunaliit platform in several venues in fall 2015: for members of the OceanCanada Scientific Committee; at a community-mapping symposium at Concordia University and for the Geographical Names Board of Canada.
Members of the National Data and Integrated Scenarios Working Group continues to hold monthly workshops and meetings for its members.
The first version of a living database has been developed by the National Data and Integrated Scenarios Working Group. A series of cross-Partnership meetings were held in November 2015 to develop a platform for data sharing within the OceanCanada Partnership and with external stakeholders.
OceanCanada in the News
Our researchers have received great media coverage this winter. Please visit our website for links to interviews, articles and pictures.