October 18, 2012
Across the country, in the Great Lakes, Pacific and Atlantic regions, fish harvesters and scientists from universities and government are now well into their third year of collaborative research under the Canadian Fisheries Research Network. The national initiative originally spearheaded by the Canadian Council of Professional Fish Harvesters is funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), the body that funds university research in Canada.
In total 13 different collaborative research projects are underway based on priorities identified by commercial fishing industry representatives in a series of workshops with scientists that started in 2008. The projects cover a large range of issues and include, for example: determining the stock structure of lobster and the connectivity between management areas, the impacts of marine mammals (grey seals in the Gulf of Saint Lawrence and sea lions on the Pacific coast) on recovering fish stocks , the use of the Management Strategy Evaluation (MSE) to assess the range of risks (to stocks, to fleet and individual enterprise viability) associated with fisheries management decision making, changes to fishing gear to reduce bottom impact and research into the impacts of closed areas on fisheries productivity.
The Network will continue for another three years.