Memorial University & the Shorefast Foundation
Susan Fudge, B.Sc, M.Sc. is a fisheries biologist with the Centre for Fisheries Ecosystems Research (CFER) at the Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University based in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. CFER has become the largest non-governmental fisheries research Centre in Eastern Canada. Susan is currently leading and supporting several research projects within the Centre and has taken on a coordinator role with the Shorefast Foundation, helping them to advance their science and outreach priorities.
Collaborating towards a New Ocean Ethic
Today’s society has shifted to a more environmentally conscious seafood consumption population and has a growing concern for the known and unknown effects of changing climate and volatile markets. Places like Newfoundland and Labrador with a rich fisheries history, culture and current viable industry presents a situation in which we can make adjustments to these modern day issues. An opportunity has arisen to support and grow old customs and revive communities that were the foundation of Newfoundland and Labradors iconic fisheries of the past. The Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University has lent its expertise and is collaborating with the Shorefast Foundation of Fogo Island, to advance the New Ocean Ethic. Twelve major initiatives built on the foundation of economy, culture and environment aim to explore new ways to care for the health of our oceans while protecting the livelihood of people whose culture is linked to the sea. Discussing the importance of educating current and future ocean stakeholders as well as highlighting current and future initiatives aimed at securing a fisheries market, the New Ocean Ethic and its collaboration provides programming that can be a model moving forward.