Celebrate with us the 2019 World Fisheries Day!

Join us on November 26, 2019

This November, Too Big To Ignore, the Ocean Frontier Institute and the On The Move Partnership are joining forces to celebrate World Fisheries Day by hosting a public event entitled: ‘Towards Zero Waste in Our Fisheries’. The event will focus attention on reducing waste – of fish through full utilization and of human/social capacity and creativity by reducing gender inequality, acknowledging the critical role women play in fisheries (see report).

About the event

This is a free event, opened to public.

The event aims to raise awareness and promote full utilization of both natural and human resources towards fisheries sustainability, gender equality and food security. Staying true to the spirit of World Fisheries Day, this event promotes the value of fisheries, in particular small-scale fisheries, to the economic, environmental, and social well-being of our province.

As in previous years, we will showcase aquatic-related research and educational materials and highlight how local fish and seafood and equitable fisheries can be part of healthy lifestyles and viable communities. Throughout the event, we will feature local initiatives and organizations that work towards creating progressive and sustainable practices for our ocean and fisheries.

About the panel

The second part of the event is reserved for a panel that will encourage conversation and discussion about zero waste in Newfoundland and Labrador’s fisheries from the standpoint of women involved in diverse aspects of fisheries. Panelists will share their reflections on how to minimize fish waste through fuller utilization of fish and the waste of human resources and creativity by promoting gender equality.


Moderator: Barbara Neis
OFI module I Co-lead, On the Move Partnership project Director and Honorary Research Professor, Memorial University 

Barbara Neis is a Sociologist based at Memorial University who has been doing research on multiple aspects of the Newfoundland and Labrador fisheries for more than 35 years. She is also Project Director of the On the Move Partnership – a national program of research that has been studying patterns and consequences of extended mobility for work across diverse sectors and regions since 2012.

The panellists
Kimberly Orren by Megan Meadus

Kimberly Orren
Co-founder/Board Member, Fishing for Success

Kimberly Orren is a former high school science teacher turned commercial fisherman and co-founder of Fishing for Success, a nonprofit social enterprise in Petty Harbour, that is creating a new pathway for all of us to re-connect with our fishing heritage. She volunteers in her town as a councilor and founding member of the local tourism association, and serves on advisory committees for Food First NL, Local Catch, and Ocean Frontier Institute. Kimberly was honoured to be recognized as a 2018 St. John's YWCA Woman of Distinction for the Girls Who Fish program. When not teaching others about fishing, Kimberly is probably out picking berries! 

Jane Adey

Jane Adey
Host, The Broadcast

Jane Adey has always wanted to tell stories for a living. She studied Journalism at Ryerson University in Toronto and came to the CBC in 2001. Since then, Adey has worked in just about every nook and cranny in Newfoundland and Labrador. Adey has spent many years reporting the news for radio and television. She has been privileged to be a regular contributor to CBC's much-loved documentary program, Land & Sea. In 2015, she started hosting The Broadcast. Since going on the air in 1951, The Broadcast has been dedicated to covering stories about the people and the communities that depend on the sea for their livelihood.


Doretta Strickland
Industrial, Retail and Offshore Vice-President, FFAW

Doretta Strickland is the elected Unit Chair of the Ocean Choice International seafood processing plant in Triton, Green Bay where she has worked for over 39 years and has served on the Industrial/Retail/Offshore Council since 2014. In 2018 Doretta made Union history by being elected as the first woman Vice-President of the Union for the term 2018 to 2021, representing all Industrial/Retail/Offshore members of FFAW-Unifor. Doretta is a trained Women’s Advocate and is currently a member of the FFAW Plant Worker Support Committee and serves on the Crab Asthma Working Group. Doretta is a force to be reckoned with, not afraid to stand up to challenges, and speaks loudly for those in need.


Joanne Smyth   
Regional Director of Policy and Economic Analysis, Newfoundland and Labrador Regio, Fisheries and Oceans Canada

In May 2017, Joanne joined Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) in St John’s, NL, as Regional Director of Policy and Economic Analysis.  In this role, she is responsible for regional policy analysis, coordination, economic analysis and statistics.  She also has responsibility for the Indigenous and Stakeholder Engagement HUB in the NL Region. For 18 years prior to joining DFO, Joanne held various positions with the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA).  Joanne lives in Paradise, NL with her husband and two sons. 


Brenda Grzetic
Senior Women's Economic Policy Analyst, St John’s Status of Women Council

Brenda Grzetic has worked in academic, industrial, community and government settings. She holds a Diploma in Electronics Engineering Technology and a Masters in Women's Studies (Memorial University). Brenda is a strong advocate for reducing the structural inequalities that impact women in all occupational areas. She is author of the book Women Fishes These Days about women's experiences working on fishing boats in Newfoundland and Labrador and director of a newly released documentary film "One More Day". She is currently Senior Policy Analyst with the St. John's Status of Women Council where she is researching the impacts of domestic violence at work and developing workplace resources to assist survivors, co-workers and employers.

100% Fish Recipe Contest

Come taste delicious fish dished as part of our '100% Fish Recipe Contest' and vote for the best! The '100% Fish Recipe Contest' derives from the TBTI ‘Great Fish for a Change’ and ‘Great Fish Recipe Challenge’ initiatives. Participate and show your support for the viability and sustainability of inshore fisheries in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Why World Fisheries Day?

The origin of World Fisheries Day is linked with the establishment of the World Fisheries Forum (WFF), an international fisher’s organization. Established in 1997, WFF was founded on the common principles of sustaining fishing communities, sustaining the fisheries, social justice, and preserving the cultural history of fish harvesters and fish workers (1).

Each World Fisheries Day is an opportunity to reflect on the ever-increasing knowledge about fishing, fishers, coastal communities, and the status of the oceans and the fish stocks. For fishers, this is another way to highlight the issues facing the sector and send a message about the value of their work. For the rest of us, it is a day to celebrate our oceans and the people whose livelihoods depend on it. By organizing and participating in the events linked to the World Fisheries Day, we can show our support to fishers as well as promote sustainable fisheries and viable communities.

<< Back to Upcoming Events