Designing sustainable, safe and inclusive coastal communities in Atlantic Canada

Future Ocean News is a monthly newsletter produced by Ocean Frontier Institute’s Future Ocean and Coastal Infrastructures (FOCI) research project with the purpose of connecting team members, collaborators, partners, knowledge holders and users, disseminating research, highlighting the work of partners, increasing visibility of highly qualified personnel, and promoting FOCI’s and FOCI-related opportunities and events.

FOCI Research in the Making


Did you know that maritime work is among the most hazardous in the world? FOCI's Safety Work Packages are proactively designing safer maritime and coastal infrastructures for industries, coastal communities and workers in Atlantic Canada.

The ‘Improving safety and reducing the environmental footprint of marine vehicles by design and operation’ research team led by Dr. Lorenzo Moro relates to the effectiveness of safety interventions in maritime industries – a field that integrates knowledge from organizational safety research (safety management systems and organizational safety behaviour), safety engineering (safety intervention techniques) and marine policy (legal safety interventions requirements). Methodologically, it combines hazard exposure assessment work with engineering design approaches and quantitative and qualitative social science methods.

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An Ocean of Opportunities

Post-doctoral position in Community-Engaged Research

Environmental Policy Innovation Lab, Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador, Grenfell campus

Apply by July 28, 2021

The Environmental Policy Institute at Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador’s Grenfell Campus in Corner Brook, NL, Canada has advertised a one-year postdoctoral position in Community-Engaged Research with the Environmental Policy Innovation Lab. The successful candidate will conduct research on ‘Identifying Environmental Policy Research Needs for Stakeholders in Newfoundland and Labrador’ and focus on knowledge mobilization and community engagement. Start date: September 1, 2021.

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Survey on Environmental Conservation and Stewardship

Small-Scale Fisheries Stewardship Project, Saint Mary’s University

Contribute by December 31, 2021

The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and Saint Mary’s University, in cooperation with global fisher organizations, invite small-scale fisheries organizations and local small-scale fishing communities to participate in a survey in which they are asked to describe their experiences with environmental conservation and stewardship. The results will be widely publicized, and will lead to a new guidebook for a diverse group of stakeholders in support of the SSF Guidelines and the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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New book on policy frameworks for global small-scale fisheries

Too Big To Ignore

Contribute by September 15, 2021

The Too Big To Ignore Project is looking to clarify the extent to which existing laws, policies, and judicial cases of countries are contributing to, or inhibiting, the implementation of the SSF Guidelines. This is where you come in. They are now calling for contributions to a new peer-reviewed book on ‘Unlocking Legal and Policy Frameworks for Small-Scale Fisheries: Global Illustrations’, edited by Drs. Nakamura, Chuenpagdee and Jentoft as an important contribution to the UN Year for Artisanal Fisheries and Aquaculture 2022.

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Special issue on small and low-cost fish value chains for food security and nutrition

Maritime Studies (MAST)

Contribute by August 16, 2021

Maritime Studies invites papers for a special issue that explores the value chains of ‘small and low-cost fish’, and their contributions to food security and nutrition. This special issue is produced in conjunction with a Technical Paper by the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization on the same topic, which will be published concomitantly and is expected to increase the reach of this special issue.

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Don’t Miss the Boat! Ongoing and Upcoming Events

PULP Gallery

FOCI-funded, student-run art exhibit

Summer 2021 | Ongoing 24/7

This summer, PULP - the first and only student-run gallery in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador - has mounted two public art exhibitions, Soft.Power and Picturing Community (see below), in the City of Corner Brook. The art exhibitions received funding support from the Grenfell Teaching and Learning fund and from FOCI and the Ocean Frontier Institute, through an award from the Canada First Research Excellence Fund. Each installation showcases the work of Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador’s Grenfell Campus Visual Arts students and was envisioned and prepared by Alli Johnston, Curator in Residence and Guest Programmer, as well as Emily Anderson, Curator of Engagement alongside FOCI co-investigator and PULP Director, Visual Arts Prof. Marc Losier. Both shows are open for public viewing 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Photo credit: Emily R. Anderson; Artist credit: Colours of a Coastline,Tiffany Lyver


is showing on the exterior of Swirsky’s on Broadway until July 25. The show explores the idea that the coastal areas can be both soft and powerful, depending on the weather, tides and sea state. This exhibition examines this dichotomy as it relates to the ocean and its impact on coastal areas and communities including Indigenous perspectives, shared public spaces, and transportation links.

Photo credit: Emily R. Anderson; Artist credit from left to right: Untitled (Gerald Allen) Artist: Candace Roberts-Curlew 2019; Untitled (Masie Hynes) Artist: Gabrielle Matthews 2019; Untitled (Lori Lynn George) Artist: Jess Pynn 2019; Untitled (Leonard Nippard) Artist: Jakob Knudsen 2019

Picturing Community

is displayed on the exterior of Corner Brook City Hall and the Corner Brook Public Library throughout the summer. It is a public exhibition of photographic portraits taken by Visual Arts photography students from Grenfell Campus depicting the residents and spaces at Western Health’s Long Term Care Home in Corner Brook. These unique portraits invite us to question how we care for our elders and the vulnerable members of our community.

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Pam Hall Artist Talk link

Pam Hall Artist Talk

Taking Time - Making Place: Excerpts from a Practice

July 27, 2021 | 7:00 - 8:30 pm NST | Online

Pam Hall, FOCI Collaborator as part of Integration Work Package on ‘Artistic infrastructure for navigating ocean and coastal community change’ is a Newfoundland and Labrador interdisciplinary artist and scholar whose work has been exhibited across Canada and internationally. Her artistic practice includes installation, drawing, object-making, photography, film, writing, community-engaged collaboration and performance and has explored the fisheries, the body, female labour, place-making, the nature of knowledge and notions of the “local”. She will be speaking about her work on Towards an Encyclopedia of Local Knowledge, Seeding/Re-seeding, and HouseWorks at the free online event hosted by the Master of Fine Arts Program at Grenfell Campus, Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador.

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People and Oceans Speaker Series

OFI-SSH Webinar series

September 2021 - May 2022 | Online

The Ocean Frontier Institute’s Social Sciences and Humanities (OFI-SSH) Working Group will launch a ‘People and Oceans’ Speaker Series in September 2021. The series will explore key issues and questions arising from social science and humanities research relevant to the North Atlantic. It will count with presentations and discussions taking place on a monthly basis until May 2022. Recorded presentations and discussion will be posted to OFI’s Youtube Channel for future and broader access. Stay tuned for more information soon! Click below for past OFI-SSH events.

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IMBeR Online conference

October 18-22, 2021 | Online

The IMBeR IMBIZO6 will be held as a virtual event from 18-22 October 2021, under the theme ‘Buoyant Solutions for Ocean Sustainability’. It comprises three concurrent but interacting workshops (e.g. ‘Ocean governance and climate adaptation: comparing responses, charting future courses’) each with a maximum of 40 participants, selected on the relevance of their abstracts to the workshop topics. Abstract submission is open until August 16, 2021.

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New on FOCI

Now reading ‘The Quilt of Sustainable Ocean Governance: Patterns for Practitioners’

by FOCI co-investigator Dr. Robert Stephenson and co-authors

This paper co-authored by FOCI co-investigator Dr. Robert Stephenson, published in the peer-reviewed journal Frontiers in Marine Science, suggests that a patchwork of approaches to marine management (e.g. social-ecological systems approach, ecosystem-based management, integrated management, marine spatial planning, participatory co-management, and the precautionary approach) may be hindering effective ocean governance. The authors propose that desirable features from these frameworks could be woven together to form the basis of more effective and equitable ocean governance arrangements across contexts, sectors and scales.

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‘Fishy Feminist’ website now live!

by FOCI post-doctoral fellow Dr. Christine Knott and research team

The launch of the website ‘Fishy Feminist’ as part of FOCI’s research project on ‘Inclusion, Social Justice and Equity in Coastal Communities’ supports the creation of a network of local and international feminist marine and water knowledge holders. Dr. Christine Knott, FOCI post-doctoral fellow, aims to build a long-term research legacy with her team through an interdisciplinary fisheries research collaborative that draws on feminist equity framing to support trainees and early career fishery researchers at Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador and with OFI-affiliated scholars.

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Partner Spotlight

Fishing for Success

Fishing for Success is a nonprofit social enterprise based in Petty Harbour dedicated to living, sharing, and celebrating the traditional fishing knowledge and culture that sustained generations of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians. Their vision is that one day every child in Newfoundland and Labrador will once again be taught the traditional fishing knowledge and skill of their ancestors; that this will instil in them a sense of pride, of place, and a longing to protect and conserve their natural home. As a FOCI partner, and through its co-founder Kimberly Orren, Fishing for Success is engaging in the co-production of pedagogical material to be used in schools across Canada through collaboration with the Ocean School, which ties back to the purpose of the community-based organization and the future we envision together for our ocean and our coastal communities.

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Bright Future: Researcher Spotlight

Meet Alli Johnston and Emily Anderson

Reaching into the hearts and minds of diverse audiences and extending that reach to national and global audiences using the arts. This is the vision of FOCI’s Integration Work Package ‘Artistic infrastructure for navigating ocean and coastal community change’, and where Alli Johnston, Curator in Residence and Guest Programmer, as well as Emily Anderson, Curator of Engagement’s work at the student-run PULP Gallery comes to light. They are part of a diverse and ambitious FOCI-funded program of artistic engagement and outreach where some of the region’s most accomplished artists use community-engaged drama, music, documentary film, the visual arts, puppetry and social media to open paths to engagement in FOCI and OFI research and to dialogues and creative engagement by diverse publics in imagining alternative future infrastructures.

Alli Johnston

is a visual artist based in Newfoundland and Labrador. She was born and raised in southern Ontario and moved to Corner Brook in 2001. She now splits her time between her homes in Corner Brook, and on Fogo Island and Exploits Island. Alli’s multi-disciplinary art practice focuses on her sense of place and her connection to nature. Her first visual art form was film photography and she began painting with watercolour in 2006. In recent years, Alli has been working to expand her art practice and has taken credit courses in textile art, printmaking, and drawing in the Visual Arts program at Grenfell Campus, Memorial University. Alli currently contributes to FOCI’s work as PULP Gallery’s Curator in Residence and Guest Programmer.

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Emily Anderson

is a visual artist based in Corner Brook, Newfoundland and Labrador. She recently completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Arts at Grenfell Campus, Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador. Her current work investigates environmental issues within the landscape through photography. Emily has contributed to FOCI Integration Work Package 4 on ‘Artistic infrastructure for navigating ocean and coastal community change’ as Curator of Engagement at the PULP Gallery alongside Alli Johnston and FOCI IWP4 co-investigator Dr. Marc Losier.

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About FOCI

The Future Ocean and Coastal Infrastructures (FOCI) program is facilitating innovative transdisciplinary research and outreach focused on the creative co-design of infrastructures to prepare for change and build safe, sustainable and inclusive communities in Atlantic Canada.

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Research Funding was provided by the Ocean Frontier Institute, through an award from the Canada First Research Excellence Fund


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