Call for Expression of Interest for conducting a Literature Review

Call for Expression of Interest for conducting a Literature Review related to alternative shellfish aquaculture practices and impact of netting on marine ecosystem health

Overview

We are seeking a graduate student or research assistant familiar with the complexities of sustaining the marine ecosystem amongst the many anthropogenic threats and the challenges of climate change and industrial expansion. Such a candidate must have a fulsome understanding of the components that influence the marine ecosystem, understand the language of this specialty, differentiate the relevance and validity of research methods and analysis, and be able to distinguish between biased and un-biased research. Experience in scientific literature review and writing is essential, as is clarity in communication.

The applicant should have access to university or scientific databases. Literature should include peer-reviewed as well as grey literature.

Goals and Scope of the Project
The scope of this literature review will include the following related topics:

  1. Exploration and description of eco-system supportive or sustainable alternative shellfish aquaculture practices tested, suggested, or employed in other temperate regions. Such innovative practices would ideally be designed to replace toxic gear, be based on eco-system based management and sustainability, and/or use the precautionary principle to protect biodiversity and/or preserve or restore marine life and habitat.
  2. Articulation of the impact of intensive, shellfish aquaculture on the integrity of the marine ecosystem, with the specific focus on the use of plastic netting, including predator and containment netting. The review could include a focused review of the specific impact of plastic netting practices, and the resultant debris on:
    • Biodiversity of marine flora and fauna;
    • The integrity, productivity and health of the inter-tidal area;
    • Burgeoning levels of marine microplastics and contaminants in water column, benthic layer and bivalves;
    • Migratory bird corridors;
    • Eel grass, salt marshes, nursery and spawning habitat, and estuaries;
    • Benthic nutrient exchange;
    • Entrapment;
    • Ghost netting.
  3. Examples of practices, guidelines or regulations developed or suggested by other regulatory bodies as an alternatives to the current use plastic netting or predator control in shellfish aquaculture.

Final Project Deliverables
The final document should include:

  1. Summary of the most cogent findings on each of the three categories listed under scope of project;
  2. An annotated bibliography of the most relevant and credible independent research or policy publications relevant to each category; and
  3. Copies or links to all of the references reviewed.

Project Support
The applicant will be supplied with copies of relevant references, bibliographies, and government websites known to our organization; however the candidate will remain responsible for a full review of relevant literature. A contact person from ADIMS or the alternative aquaculture practices committee will be available to clarify direction and steer the applicant to resources as needed.

Proposed Project Timeline

Start date as soon as possible. Completion: October 20, 2019. (Date can be negotiated). Candidate will provide a “progress report” halfway through the time frame.

Budget
Maximum of $4,800.00

Application
Please submit your Expression of Interest, along with your curriculum vitae, research background, and summary of your knowledge of, and experience related to, marine ecosystems, anthropogenic factors effecting biodiversity and sustainability, and marine microplastics. Some understanding of shellfish aquaculture and/or principles of ecosystem based management would be helpful.

Interested applicants or prospective student/candidate should send a statement of interest to directly to:

Please submit Expression of interest by August 20, 2019 to adimsinfo@gmail.com

To include your resume, research background, and summary of your knowledge of, and experience related to marine ecosystems, anthropogenic factors effecting biodiversity and sustainability, and marine microplastics. Some understanding of shellfish aquaculture and/or principles of ecosystem based management would be helpful.

Please submit Expression of Interest by August 20, 2019 to adimsinfo@gmail.com

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