What We’ve Worked On

  • Small-Scale Fisheries Learning Exchange Project

    Small-Scale Fisheries Learning Exchange Project

    In the fall of 2012, the Marine Resource Centre hosted The Small-Scale Fisheries Learning Exchange, a project funded by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC). The project brought together Canadian and international small-scale fisheries representatives to learn about how to build their capacity to participate in fisheries policy processes.

    The participants were: The Coordinating Committee of the World Forum of Fisher People (WFFP), and representatives of Canadian First Nations fishing, intertidal and commercial fishing organizations and communities.

    The learning exchange took place in various meetings in different venues, including

    • a one-day workshop held at Cornwallis Park
    • a cultural learning visit to Bear River First Nation
    • field trips to clam harvesting and local tourism dulse busines
    • two dinner meeting for participants and invited guests in Halifax;
    • a public forum held in Halifax, co-sponsored by St. Marys University;
    • a workshop on the IG-SSF held at Cornwallis Park Oct. 22 to Oct. 24;
    • the meeting of WFFP Coordinating Committee.

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  • Writing the Rules

    Writing the Rules

    Writing the Rules was a one-year project that aimed to discover the principles of system-based fisheries management, based on the knowledge and experience of the Bay of Fundy’s inshore fishermen. A collaboration of the Conservation Council of New Brunswick and the Bay of Fundy Marine Resource Centre, and funded by the Commission for Environmental Cooperation, this project involved more than a year of conversations with fishermen around kitchen tables, in community halls and at regional workshops. A PDF version of the report is available at Writing the Rules…

  • Saltwater Network

    Saltwater Network

    The MRC was a founding member of Saltwater Network, a cross-border capacity-building network that supports community-based coastal management in the Gulf of Maine region by providing support for learning opportunities, networking and funding for groups in the region. For more information on Saltwater Network, go to http://www.saltwaternetwork.org/

  • Turning the Tide

    Turning the Tide

    Turning the Tide was a three-year initiative that worked towards improved fisheries and coastal management through community-based approaches, and through cooperative efforts among aboriginal and non-aboriginal communities. The project provide learning in opportunities, including study tours, supported local community-base fisheries management work, identified research needs and established regional, national and international links. It also documented the practice of community-based management, in the form of a handbook, The Community Fisheries Management Handbook, which is available at http://www.coastalcura.ca/links/CFM%20Handbook.pdf

  • Study Tours

    Study Tours

    The MRC has participated in a number of study tours, including one in Sri Lanka and two British Columbia, which were part of our involvement the Turning Tides Project (see below).

    The MRC also coordinated two study tours of the Gulf of Maine. The first, in 2003, was part of Turning the Tides. This tour combined workshops along the way with site visits showcasing local work, as well as pubic awareness events. To read the whole report of the tour, click here for the PDF version. More recently the MRC organized a study tour about community-based management in the clam fisheries of the Gulf of Maine. On this tour clam diggers from Nova Scotia got a first-hand look at some of the enhancement and remediation approaches that are working well in New Brunswick and Maine. Reports on both tours are available at http://www.saltwaternetwork.org/default.asp?mn=1.59

  • Local Food

    Local Food

    The MRC is currently engaged in a number of initiatives that support that development of a local food economy. These include

    • The Peoples' Food Project, an project of Food Secure Canada that aims to create a national policy change initiative based on local grassroots dialogue and engagement about food sovereig

    • The development of a local project that will create a learning community in support food-related micro-enterprises in the Digby-Annapolis region

    • Support for marketing of local sustainable caught seafood

    • Market development and research about species harvested by local small boat fleets, such as dogfish

    • facilitating collaborations between small-scale fishing and farming sectors, tourism operators interested in experiential tourism, First Nations and other local community groups

  • Coastal CURA

    Coastal CURA

    The MRC is a member of the Coastal CURA Project, a five-year project that is building knowledge and capacity, across the Maritimes, to support community involvement in managing our coasts and oceans. The Coastal CURA – a “Community University Research Alliance” – is a partnership of First Nations communities, fishery-related organizations and university participants .

    In collaboration with the Coastal CURA, the MRC has convened learning circles, collaborated on research papersand undertaken a range of capacity building projects related to integrated management.

    To find out more about the Coastal CURA, go to http://www.coastalcura.ca/

  • The Learning Circles Project

    The Learning Circles Project

    The MRC was part of a three-year national project that focused on learning circles, as inclusive group learning places that occur in everyday life in the community. The project scanned a variety of learning circles, in urban, rural and indigenous settings. The MRC was responsible for the rural perspective. For the full report go to http://www.nald.ca/learningcircles/index.htm

  • Citizen’s Forum on Industrial Development in the Bay of Fundy

    Citizen’s Forum on Industrial Development in the Bay of Fundy

    Last year, the Bay of Fundy the MRC, with support from the Ocean Management Research Network (OMRN) and the Coastal CURA, hosted a one day learning circle on industrial development in the Bay of Fundy. The MRC is planning to host a second session, which will be held on Tuesday, May 26th , just prior to the BoFEP Workshop at Acadia University in Wolfville, NS (May 26-29th). This event will bring together participants from the first session, along with groups and individuals who missed the first session, to continue the sharing of information and strategies about industrial development and community response to it. There will be a focus on using a range of communications tools to link groups around the Bay, in order to increase awareness and cooperation on existing and emerging development issues.

    For more information ointhe workshop and the forum, you can go to [http://www.bofep.org/workshop2009.htm] (http://www.bofep.org/workshop2009.htm). And stay tuned to this site for details.

  • Making International Links

    Making International Links

    Since its beginnings, the MRC has been engaged in linking its communities with communities, organizations and networks in other countries. This has included sponsoring international workshops, hosting tours for participants of international conferences, participating in a study tour in Sri Lanka and working with the World Forum of Fisher People (WFFP). Most recently, MRC staff assisted in preparation of the WFFP’s statement in preparation for the FAO conference on small-scale fisheries in Bangkok. http://www.wffpfishers.org/report.html