Call for contributions for a book on Canadian SSF

'Thinking Big about Small-Scale Fisheries in Canada'

This e-book calls for research and perspectives on small-scale fisheries in Canada. We seek overviews, stories, and insights about actions local fisheries and fishing communities are taking to sustain themselves while dealing with changes. The United Nations General Assembly has declared 2022: The International Year of Artisanal Fisheries and Aquaculture. Around the world, community leaders and researchers are preparing to emphasize the contributions of small-scale fisheries to seafood production, food security, and well-being. The 2022 designation highlights the need to sustain small-scale fisheries within a future defined by dynamic changes to fish stocks, livelihoods, and communities. This e-book will constitute a substantial effort for the 2022 celebration to highlight the perspectives, challenges, and opportunities for small-scale fisheries in Canada.

Are there small-scale fisheries in Canada? What do they look like? How are they doing? How are they treated? This e-book seeks to co-create answers to these questions. An initial scan reveals the diversity of Canada’s fishing sector. For example, small-scale fisheries may include subsistence Arctic fisheries, and food fisheries across Canada’s lakes, rivers, deltas, and coastal areas. Important fisheries based in Treaty Rights may be considered as small-scale fisheries, such as Food, Social, and Ceremonial fisheries or Moderate Livelihood fisheries. Independently owned and smaller boat commercial fishing can be found on the Pacific coast, Atlantic coast, and the lakes in between. Those may also be considered small-scale fisheries. Let us work together to scope out small-scale fisheries in Canada, and see how big and important they are, so that we can contribute to elevating their profiles and expanding knowledge and information about them. In the current context interest about sustainable ocean development is heightened and Canada is planning the Blue Economy program. This book can contribute to enhancing small-scale fisheries’ active participation in the planning process that will define their futures.

Through this e-book, we begin to build an extensive information-sharing network and research programme with and for small-scale fishery leaders, researchers, and advocates. This approach has been useful for coordinating efforts to bring awareness and advance viability for small-scale fisheries and fishing communities in the Global North (e.g., Japan, Li and Namikawa 2020; United Kingdom, Korda et al. 2021; mainland Europe, Pascuel-Fernándes et al. 2020).

We are seeking contributions in the form of written essays and stories (up to 4,000 words) with visual images, videos, and/or audio recordings that describe challenging changes and opportunities to address and anticipate change in local governance. Topics of the essays and stories can include economic, social and cultural contributions of Canadian small-scale fisheries to communities and economies at the local, national and global level. We are also interested in historical or recent policies and institutions changes, which may have shifted and shaped small-scale fisheries in Canada. Finally, we welcome contribution about efforts, strategies, and local governance taken by all actors to address these changes.

As part of the e-book content and structure, we aim to make small-scale fisheries in Canada more visible.  Multiple perspectives and knowledges (e.g., Indigenous and local knowledge, empirical research, and reflections) are welcome. Contributions that engage broadly—fishing industry, communities, civil society, and academia— are encouraged. We hope you will work together, building or enriching new partnerships based on shared interests for fisheries in Canada. The e-book will be published as part of TBTI Global E-book series and will be free and open access. The e-book will be widely disseminated through TBTI network.

Anyone interested in contributing to the e-book please send an expression of interest as an e-mail attachment to It should include the names, affiliations and contact information for all authors, and a title and short description (100 words) of your essay or story. The description should include the name/type of the fishery, its location, and brief overview of challenges of change and local governance opportunities on which you plan to focus. After your contributions are provisionally accepted, you will be given access to a digital platform, SSF-CAN, to begin to engage with other contributors and to discuss work plan.

Please note the tentative timeline below:

April 9, 2021                    Expression of interest submission [rolling until slots are filled]

September 15, 2021        Submission of draft

February 1,  2022            Complete manuscript published online

June 8, 2022                    Book launch at the 2022 International Year of Artisanal Fisheries and Aquaculture celebrations on World Ocean Day

We hope you find this topic exciting, are interested in contributing to this e-book, and encouraged by opportunities to engage and learn from one another. We are looking forward to your submission. If you want to discuss an idea with us before you send us the abstract, please contact us by email:

Editorial team

Editors: Evan J. Andrews (Memorial) and and Christine Knott (Memorial)

Supervising Editor: Ratana Chuenpagdee (Memorial)

Additional Founding Members: Sarah Harper (University of Victoria), Sarah Newell (University of Ottawa), Sondra Eger (Memorial University), Gerald Singh (Memorial University), Kristen Lowitt (Queen's University)