From Ghana To Nova Scotia: What Fisheries Scientists Can Learn From Comparative Case Studies

North American Association of Fisheries Economists


Globalization, illegal fishing, and overfishing may look different in Ghana than in Nova Scotia, but the impacts on small-scale fishing communities are the same: reduced food security and growing reliance on non-local fish for food. That was one conclusion of the bi-annual conference of the North American Association of Fisheries Economists, which hosted keynote speeches by scientists, policymakers, and members of fishing communities from around the world. Dr. Sarah Glaser of Secure Fisheries joined Abdirahim Ibrahim Sheik Heile of the Somalia Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources to present their joint research on trade-offs between foreign industrial and domestic artisanal fishing. The conference, held at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada, explored Frontiers and Futures for Fish to communicate research and share advances in fisheries science. Experts advocated for interdisciplinary research that incorporates economic, biological, social, and cultural approaches.