Transdisciplinary Fisheries

A transdisciplinary approach is needed to properly frame and fully engage with the complexities of fisheries systems. The TBTI transdisciplinary fisheries cluster was created to address this need. During the 2014 World Small-Scale Fisheries Congress in Merida, a transdisciplinary workshop was held to explore the transdisciplinary principles that should be applied to fisheries, and to create some preliminary thoughts about what should be included in a transdisciplinary fisheries course for a diverse audience. Since the workshop in Merida the TBTI transdisciplinary fisheries cluster has brought together a diversity of researchers to collaboratively develop elements of the transdisciplinary fisheries course. From February – April 2015 we facilitated a collaborative project among 28 participants to build off the work from the Merida conference and create the ground work necessary to develop transdisciplinary learning materials that could be openly available and easily adapted to diverse contexts and audiences. A report on the collaboration can be downloaded here. For more information on participation in this cluster please scroll down to "Timeline / Work plan" and "How to contribute" sections.
Objectives

The transdisciplinary fisheries cluster aims to engage researchers, practitioners, community members, fishers, and policy makers with the diversity, complexity, dynamics and scale issues surrounding small-scale fisheries systems. To promote the active engagement of this diverse audience a transdisciplinary perspective is required. A transdisciplinary framework includes a system approach to effectively examine the complexity of fisheries, multiple perspectives to transparently delineate conflicts and tradeoffs, and a transformative approach that uses research as a tool to address fisheries concerns.

Research questions

The aim of this cluster is to model transdisciplinary approaches to learning in both the creation and delivery of the course and community training materials. Key questions for this cluster include: What are the key principles of transdisciplinarity that should be applied to fisheries contexts? Under what fisheries circumstance is a transdisciplinary approach needed? What communication tools can we use to facilitate transdisciplinary learning in an on-line environment?

Deliverables

The transdisciplinary fisheries cluster will develop a transdisciplinary fisheries curriculum for both online and on-site settings and can be used as part of a formal curriculum or informal training. We will also develop support materials for this curriculum including manuals and teaching kits, which will be made freely available. The curriculum and support materials will incorporate illustrative case studies from around the world.

Timeline / Work plan

 Course Content Development – Collaboration participants will develop course content for the Transdisciplinary Fisheries Course. Content reviewers will provide guidance for the course content.

Graduate course beta test – TBTI will test materials that had been collaboratively developed for an online graduate level course. The course will openly available, and collaboration participant who wish to test the materials will be encouraged to do so and offer feedback and suggestions for improvement.

 Local capacity development – We will develop and test transdisciplinary on-site training session with a TBTI partner groups working in fishing communities.

Assessments of the graduate course and local capacity development will be done and used to inform and refine future iterations of the course outline and materials. The updated outline and materials will be openly available to anyone that wishes to adapt it to their own course or capacity development project.

Additional Material

Presentation: Chuenpagdee. R. and Walsh, C. (2015). Curriculum development in a transdisciplinary collaboration space. MUN Open Education Week 2015.

How to contribute

We welcome your continued participation in the development of the transdisciplinary fisheries learning materials. We encourage your participation in the following activities:

1. SSF profiles

One of the main commitments of TBTI is to make information about SSF comprehensive and available to everyone. The SSF profile in ISSF is developed with this in mind. Currently, ISSF is running thet SSF profiles drive to have the 200 profiles completed by the end of February 2016. We would like to encourage all cluster members to help with this task by completing the fillable form and email it to toobigtoignore@mun.ca. We don’t expect that you will have all the required information. Please consult colleagues or literature as necessary.

2. Transdisciplinary Fisheries Case Studies

The transdisciplinary fisheries cluster is collaboratively creating transdisciplinary fisheries learning materials. These materials will be used to develop a transdisciplinary fisheries course, as well as on-site training materials for local capacity building. Transdisciplinary fisheries case studies will be an important part of the transdisciplinary fisheries course, by allowing students to explore concepts and practice problem solving techniques using real world situations. As we anticipate that the solutions to small-scale fisheries issues are context-specific, it is essential that the set of case studies of the transdisciplinary fisheries course reflect the diversity of fisheries worldwide.

Transdisciplinary fisheries case studies include issues, problems, or situations that cannot be addressed using a single disciplinary approach. For example these case studies may include issues that are best approached from a systems perspective, or problems that require working at multiple scales with multiple stakeholders, or situations where information on the interactions between social, ecological, and governance systems is needed. Please see the example case studies (TD Case Study_K. SchneiderTD Case Study_M. Leopold).

Output: Our goal is to make these case studies an open resource. All the submitted case studies will later be formatted into an e-book and made available for use. The TBTI team will coordinate the creation of the e-book, with individual authorship attributed to the person or persons who submit the case study.

Instructions: To submit a transdisciplinary fisheries case study please answer the questions in the on-line form. If you are not able to answer a question please leave it blank. This will take approximately 60 minutes. If you have any questions please send them to dkleiber@mun.ca.

Cluster coordinators

Kurt Korneski, Memorial University, Canada

Charlene Walsh, Marine Institute, Canada

Ratana Chuenpagdee, Memorial University, Canada

Cluster members
Name Affiliation Country
Alencastro A., Liliana ESPOL Ecuador
Abdul, Waidi Federal University of Agriculture Nigeria
Abura, Samson Lake Victoria Fisheries Organization Uganda
Advani, Sahir University of British Columbia India
Akintola, Shehu Lagos State University Nigeria
Antonova, Anna University of Leeds UK
Arce-Ibarra, Ana Minerva El Colegio de la Frontera Sur Mexico
Arthur, Robert MRAG UK
Aylesworth, Lindsay University of British Columbia Canada
Baigun, Claudio Instituto de Investigación e Ingenieria Ambiental Universidad Nacional de San Martin/Wetlands International Argentia
Bailey, Megan Dalhousie University Canada
Balaraman, Subramanian Our Sea Our People India
Bannwart, Janaina Fishery coordinator of Epagri Brazil
Barclay, Kate University of Technology Sydney Australia
Barragan Paladines, Maria Jose Memorial University Canada
Barter, Lachlan University Center for the Westfjords Iceland
Bassett, Hannah Univesity of Washington USA
Bennett, Abigail Duke University USA
Breckwoldt, Annette Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Ecology (ZMT) Breman
Brehmer, Patrice IRD (Institut de Recherche pour le Développement) France
Britton, Easkey Fisheries Local Action Group Ireland
Bystrom, Andy University of Costa Rica Costa Rica
Carvalho da Silva, Maria Helena Unifeso-Centro Universitario da Serra dos Órgãos Brazil
Castrejón, Mauricio C Dalhousie University Canada
Chong, Carolina University of Bremen Germany
Coswig Kalikoski, Daniela FAO Italy
Creaghan, Phoebe Dalhousie University Canada
Cronin, Holly McGill University Canada
Cruz-Torres, Maria Arizona State University USA
De Freitas, Debora Biosciences Institute São Paulo State University-UNESP, Coastal Campus Brazil
De Santana, Iramaia Universidade do Estado da Bahia Brazil
Dutka-Gianelli, Jynessa University of Florida Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences USA
Elegbede, Isa Brandenburg University of Technology Germany
Esteves, Pedro Fundação Instituto de Pesca do Estado do Rio de Janeiro Brazil
Fakoya, Kafayat Lagos State University Nigeria
Floro, Julien Marine conservationist Portugal
Finley, Carmel Oregon State University USA
Fiorella, Katie Cornell University USA
Fofandi, Kamlesh Volunteer India
Freed, Sarah University of Maryland University College USA
Friedman, Kim FAO Italy
Garcia-Quijano, Carlos University of Rhode Island USA
Gerhardinger, Leopoldo Sea Memories Collective Brazil
Gonzales, Miguel York University Canada
Gonzalez , Miguel Marinez Instituto De Estudios Interacionales, Universidad Del Mar (UMAR) Mexico
Gordano, Chris University of Washington USA
Govan, Hugh Locally-Managed Marine Area Network Fiji
Granados-Dieseldorff, Pablo Rare - Fish Forever Mexico
Greenhill, Lucy Scottish Association for Marine Science UK
Gurung, Tek Nepal Agricultural Research Council Nepal
Hall, Pam Memorial University of Newfoundland Canada
Haque, A.B.M. Mahfuzul Dr. Bangladesh
Hines, Ellen San Francisco State University USA
Hisham, Jafer Department of Fisheries India
Hudson, Joanna Blue Ventures UK
Hudson Weaver, Amy Sociedad de Historia Natural Niparaja AC Mexico
Hurley, Michael LiveWater International USA
Isaacs, Moenieba University of Western Cape South Africa
Islam, Mahmudul Sylhet Agricultural University Bangladesh
Jadhav, Adam Dakshin Foundation India
Jani Mohd, Jarina University Malaysia Terengganu Malaysia
Jiménez Badillo, Ma. de Lourdes Veracruz University Mexico
Johnson Frederick, Andrew Scripps Institution of Oceanography USA
Jouanneau Charlène Charlène Jouanneau Consultant France
Kasuti, Joseph State department of fisheries and the blue economy Kenya
Kehinde, Adekeye Fisheries Society of Nigeria Nigeria
Khan, Zaidy United Nations Nippon Fellowship Grenada
Kumar, Subodh Central University of Gujarat India
Lalancette, Annie Concordia University Canada
Lam, Mimi University of British Columbia Canada
Lamb, Norlan Conch - Conserving our natural cultural history Belize
Lau, Jacqueline ARC Centre for Excellece in Coral Reef Studies Australia
Lazar, Najih University of Rhode Island USA
Léopold, Marc Institut de Recherche pour le Développement France
Lewison, Rebecca San Diego State University USA
Lindström, Lasse Stockholm University Sweden
Linke, Sebastian University of Gothenburg Sweden
Loneragan, Neil Murdoch University Australia
Loury, Erin FISHBIO Laos
Lueiro, Xoán Inacio Amoedo Consultant Spain
Mattos, Sérgio Ministry of Planning Brazil
Marquez Perez, Ana Isabel Providence Sea & Land Initiative Foundation Colombia
McClenachan, Loren Colby College USA
McConney, Patrick University of the West Indies Barbados
Mestres, Sílvia Gómez
Miller, Karly Marie University of California USA
Moreno-BÃez, Marcia Scripps Institution of Oceanography USA
Mozumder, Mohammad PhD student Finland
Mphangwe Kosamu, Ishmael Bobby University of Malawi Malawi
Mueller, Miriam Universidad Autónoma de Sinaloa Mexico
Mungoni, Sibonginkosi Platform for Agrobiodiversity Research Zimbabwe
Myers, Bonnie USGS USA
Namwira, Deo University of Birmingham UK
Naranjo, Helven Fisheries Consultant Costa Rica
Narvarte, Maite Andrea CONICET-Escuela Superior de Ciencias Marinas- Universidad Nacional del Comahue Argentina
Neilson, Alison Centre for Social Studies, CES, University of Coimbra Portugal
Oliveira, Ticiano Federal University of Alagoas Brazil
Orren, Kimberly Fishing for Success Inc. Canada
Palmer, Roy Aquaculture without Frontiers Australia
Pantazis, Alekos Independent Research Greece
Parker, Kashiefa International Ocean Institute South Africa
Partelow, Stefan Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Ecology (ZMT) Germany
Pierce, Graham University of Aberdeen / University of Aveiro UK
Plaan, Joonas Memorial University of Newfoundland Canada
Pomeroy, Carrie University of California Sea Grant USA
Rachmawati, Laksmi Indonesian Institute of Sciences Indonesia
Rakotondrazafy Andriamampandry, Riambosoa Madagascar LMMA Network Madagascar
Ramírez, Alejandro Social-ecological systems lab Universidad Católica de Chile Chile
Ramirez , Jorge WWF Ecuador
Ratzel, Meri Independent research - socioeconomics - Fish Locally Collaborative USA
Reghu, Raghu Prakash Central Insitute Of Fisheries Technology India
Reuter, Ricarda Afrika Kontakt Denmark
Richard, Natalie Alaska Pacific University USA
Robinson, Gary Bangor University UK
Rohe, Janne Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Ecology (ZMT) Germany
Romero, Ronnie National Fisheries Research and Development Institute Philippines
Rubio, Nadia Centro de Investigacian y de Estudios Avanzados(CINVESTAV) Mexico
Ruperti Loor, Hans Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Spain
Said, Alicia PhD Student, University of Kent UK
Sampaio, Cláudio Universidade Federal de Alagoas Brazil
Sato, Tetsu Research Institute for Humanity and Nature Japan
Scherrer, Kim University Autònoma de Barcelona Spain
Schmidt, Jörn Kiel University Germany
Schneider, Katharina Heidelberg University Germany
Seto, Katherine UC Berkeley USA
Setubal, Sylvia Instituto Federal de Educação, Ciência e Tecnologia do Tocantins Brazil
Simmance, Alison University of Southampton UK
Simmance, Fiona University of Southampton UK
Song, Andrew McGill University Canada
Snape, Robin University of Exeter Cyprus
Stacey, Natasha Charles Darwin University Australia
Travaille, Kendra University of Western Australia Australia
Tubino, Rafael Universidade Federal Fluminense Brazil
Urteaga, Jose E-IPER / Stanford University Nicaragua
Vessaz, Fanny NA Switzerland
Viegas, Maria Instituto Portuges do Mar e da Atmosfera Portugal
Viswanathan, K Kuperan Universiti Utara Malaysia Malaysia
Whitty, Tara Scripps Institution of Oceanography USA
Yingst, Alexandra University Centre of the Westfjords Iceland
Zoysa Siriwardane-de, Rapti Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Ecology (ZMT) Germany