The importance of scale complexities in fisheries research – IOF Seminar

Complex issues of scale are fundamental to all our understanding. They so much underpin our thinking that they often pass unnoticed and we fail to realise that the situations we are examining may be operating at conflicting or mismatching geographical, temporal, technological and/or intellectual scales. There are others as well, but these are the most common. It is only by recognising these different scales that we will be able to recognise when one or more of them are in play and may possibly be in conflict inter alia. Only then can we interrogate fisheries and their management adequately, recognising at which scale(s) we should be examining our topic.

Speaker: Dr. Rosemary Ommer, University of Victoria
Rosemary E. Ommer is an economic historian, geographer and interdisciplinary scholar who retired in 2008 after researching coastal issues for 40 years. She holds a MA from The University of Glasgow, Scotland, an MA from Memorial University of Newfoundland and a PhD from McGill University. She has been the Director of the Institute for Social and Economic Research at Memorial University, the Director of the Calgary Institute for the Humanities at the University of Calgary, and the Director of the Institute for Coastal and Ocean Research at the University of Victoria. She has sat on the International Scientific Steering Committees of the IHDP and GLOBEC, and on the Board of Directors of The Vanier Institute for the Family, AquaNet and Genome BC.

She has been involved in leading, or being advisory to, interdisciplinary team research into coastal issues. That work has investigated the ecosystem and community impacts of the collapse of the cod stocks of the northwest Atlantic (editor, The Resilient Outport, ISER Books 2002,), the ethics of Canadian fisheries management, (co-editor Just Fish, ISER Books 2000) and the health of social-ecological systems on the east and west coasts of Canada (editor, Coasts Under Stress, McGill Queen’s Press, 2007). Author/editor of 12 books, she co-edited the book, Fishing Places, Fishing People (University of Toronto Press, 1999), which looked at small-scale fishing communities across Canada, and the book World Fisheries: a social-ecological analysis, Wiley-Blackwell 2011, which contained essays based on presentations at the international GLOBEC symposium held at FAO Rome in 2008. In 2011 she was invited by the Benguela Current Commission to lead a workshop in Swakopmund, Namibia for government scientists and managers (with scholars from Canada, Namibia and South Africa) on the use of local knowledge in fisheries management.

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