The Fishery Knowledge Project: Raising Communication Standards for Fisheries Management

Knowledge co-production aims to gather and integrate different types of knowledge to address, or better understand, a problem. This is critical for meeting the management demands of fishery social-ecological systems; it also raises the standard for communication and interpretation of complex information. This session invites fisheries professionals in science, management, and fishing to demonstrate and explore how a plurality of knowledge types can be brought together for sustainable management. The format is based on the Three Minute Thesis (3MT), but with emphasis on broad participation, collegiality, and friendly competition. Presenters will deliver a compelling talk using a single slide on their topic and its significance to a panel of 4 expert judges representing Indigenous knowledge, management, science, and commercial fishing. The top three presenters will join the judges in a panel discussion on the most effective communication strategies identified during the session.

Organizer: Jaclyn Cleary, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, [email protected]

Co-organizers: Jim Lane, Ashleen Benson

Supported by: Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council, Uu-a-thluk (Taking Care of) Fisheries; Fisheries and Oceans Canada; Landmark Fisheries Research

To Citizen Science or Not: Building a CitSci Project for Resource Management

Many governments and organizations are encouraging the use of citizen science projects in fisheries. This session will help participants determine if and how to create a citizen science project with the potential to contribute to resource management. Questions that will be explored in this session include, is this project right for citizen science, what are the data gaps this project will be filling, what is the right tool for data collection, and what components are important for a citizen science project to succeed. This session will focus on project design and management, but also cover aspects of volunteer engagement. Project design aspects will include balancing data robustness with the interests of volunteers and building a project that will attract and retain those volunteers. Session participants will get a resource list based on the session and learn how to build and maintain a project that is appropriate for citizen science.

Organizer: Julie DeFilippi Simpson, Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, [email protected]

Co-organizers: Julia Byrd, Laura Oremland