World Fisheries Week

World Fisheries Week

November 15th – 19th, 2021

Celebrate Fisheries and Oceans’ Scientists and Researchers Across Canada

World Fisheries Day is November 21st, it’s an opportunity to reflect on the ever-increasing knowledge about fishing, fishers, coastal communities, and the status of the oceans and the fish stocks, as well as to recognize the contribution of fishing people who provide food, nutrition and income security to millions of people around the world. We’re celebrating by recognizing researchers and scientists across Canada with Fisheries and Oceans Canada, who are working to protect and sustainably manage our vital fresh and saltwater ecosystems.

Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) is a federal institution, responsible for safeguarding our waters and managing Canada’s fisheries and oceans resources. DFO helps to ensure healthy and sustainable aquatic ecosystems through habitat protection and sound science. We support economic growth in the marine and fisheries sectors, and innovation in areas such as aquaculture and biotechnology.

Virtual Education Programs

All Event Times Listed in Eastern

Justine Hudson | Marine Mammal Biologist

November 16th @ 12:00pm eastern

Justine Hudson is a marine mammal biologist at Fisheries and Oceans Canada in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Her current research focuses on the stock assessment of Arctic marine mammals in the Canadian Arctic. She completed her MSc in 2020 at the University of Manitoba where she studied belugas and bowhead whales. Justine is interested in studying hormones to better understand the lives of Arctic marine mammals and the potential impacts of climate change and human activity.

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Shawn Robinson | Marine Biologist

November 16th @ 1:00pm eastern

Shawn Robinson is a marine biologist who works for the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans in
New Brunswick near the Bay of Fundy on the east coast of Canada. After spending 23 years in school
getting various degrees across the country, he then spent the next 34 years working at the St. Andrews
Biological Station on subtidal marine ecology studying better and more sustainable ways of producing
food from the ocean for humans. His research has allowed him to use all sorts of different research
platforms from helicopters to submarines with lots of colleagues while travelling for work to Europe,
South America and all across Canada. Today’s discussion will feature some of the work that he and
colleagues have been doing with regard to aquaculture; how it fits into the natural environment and
how it might affect you in the future.

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Dheeraj Busawon | Fisheries Technician

November 17th @ 10:00am eastern

Dheeraj is a technician with the Department of Fisheries and Ocean’s Large Pelagic (open ocean) Group studying the giant bluefin tuna that are being landed off the coast of Prince Edward Island. They’re examining a small bone found in the inner ear of the giant tuna fish called an otolith. From these bones they can tell the age of the tuna and the waters where they came from, basically it’s like reading rings on a tree! Tuna are wildly popular for sushi and a single large fish can sell for tens of thousands of dollars, which has lead to their overfishing. Dheeraj’s work will hopefully help Canada and the United States have a better argument on future sustainable fishing quotas. Prior to this, he studied the octopus fishery of island of Rodrigues in the Indian Ocean.

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Helen Gurney-Smith | Research Scientist: How Will Climate Change Affect Key Species?

November 17th @ 11:00am eastern

Climate change is affecting marine life, including where species live and how they are responding to changes in their environment. Marine species are not only fascinating, but they also provide us with important sources of food and support coastal economies and communities. To find out how climate change may affect lobsters, Research Scientist Helen Gurney-Smith and her team in Fisheries and Oceans Canada conduct laboratory experiments using predicted climate conditions of warmer waters and lowered pH (ocean acidification). This talk will be about climate change in marine ecosystems, lobsters, how we conduct the experiments and what it means for lobster adults, embryos and juveniles.

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Rowshyra Castañeda | Research Scientist: Studying Invasive Freshwater Species

November 18th @ 2:00pm eastern

Dr. Rowshyra Castañeda is a postdoctoral researcher at Fisheries and Oceans Canada. Rowshyra studies the ecology of endangered and invasive freshwater species. Her goal is to understand the threats to freshwater species and find solutions to conserve, protect, and recover endangered populations of fishes and mussels. To achieve her goals, Rowshyra uses underwater cameras to detect and quantify endangered fishes to minimize disturbance to the fishes and the environment. Rowshyra also studies invasive freshwater species, which can have negative impacts of native plants and animals. She has studied endangered and invasive freshwater fishes in Canada, Mozambique, and South Africa.

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Kevin Hedges | Arctic Fisheries Scientist

November 19th @ 1:00pm eastern

Kevin has been a research scientist with Fisheries and Oceans Canada since 2010, studying Arctic marine fishes and invertebrates. Through his research program, he provides science advice to Resource Managers to support sustainable management of commercial fisheries for Greenland Halibut and Northern and Striped Shrimp, and development of new community-based fisheries in Nunavut. He is also a member of the Ocean Tracking Network and has been working with other Network researchers to study the movement patterns, habitat use and ecology of Greenland Halibut, Greenland Shark and Arctic Skates. Kevin’s presentation will provide an overview of the fieldwork and lab work conducted under his research program and an overview of how that research supports resource management and conservation.

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