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Kim Olson


Office: IIC-3063


Dr. Ratana Chuenpagdee

Thesis Title:

Step Zero for Marine Conservation: Driving Factors of Fisheries Closures in Newfoundland and Labrador

Research Description:

Fisheries decline is a global reality, threatening not only the ecosystem but also coastal communities. Conservation measures have been implemented as a response to this decline and take many forms including quotas, seasons, gear restrictions, protected areas and closures. Voluntary closures, those initiated by fisheries or fisher groups, are becoming more popular in Newfoundland and Labrador (NL), however they have had a presence since the 1960’s. My research aims at examining historical closures in NL, in conjunction with a comparative case study of two ongoing voluntary closures in western Newfoundland - this includes the snow crab closure in Bonne Bay and lobster closure in Trout River. Apart from the 1992 cod moratorium, little research has been conducted on fisheries closures in the province. It is my aim to gain an understanding of these closures. This will be done, in part, using a ‘Step Zero’ approach to examine the pre-implementation of fishery closures, i.e. the steps, processes and interactions which lead up to the event.

Research Interests:

  • Natural Resource Management
  • Rural/Community Development
  • Resource Conservation, Governance
  • Fisheries Closures and Protected Areas