Online and on-ocean crowdsourcing for adaptive fisheries management

Wiersma, Yolanda and McWilliams, Matt (2015) Online and on-ocean crowdsourcing for adaptive fisheries management. Research Report. Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador.

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This project is a participatory citizen project in collaboration with research partners (fishermen and fisherwomen) from Fogo Island. The project deviates from other citizen science projects in that our community partners, and not the university researchers, have developed the research question. Thus, the project outlined here deviates somewhat from the original proposal (as well, we discovered there were large technical limitations to the work originally proposed, which could not be overcome within the scope of this project). The project described here is in two parts, and both form the major components for an MSc(Env) thesis by Matt McWilliams (currently completing year 1 of his graduate program). The first part of the project is the participatory citizen science. Through meetings with fishermen and fisherwomen, we identified a research question about ocean tempeartures and developed a sampling methodology. Matt McWilliams lived on Fogo from May-September and assisted with deploying data loggers and downloading data. We presented these data back in the community and solicited feedback and recommendations for futuresampling. The second part of the project is a digitization exercise of historical (1979-1992) fishing log books. This was completed at the request of community members, who felt it would be useful to compile the data in a format that could be analysed and shared rather than have them sitting on a shelf. Matt McWilliams digitized tabular data into a relational database and the hand-drawn maps as a GIS database. The project is on-going, as Mr. McWilliams has a second year left in his degree. He will spend part of the summer on Fogo, facilitating additional data collection. He anticipates completing thesis work by December 2016.

Item Type: Report (Research Report)
Item ID: 12343
Additional Information: 2014-15 The Harris Centre Applied Research Fund
Department(s): Science, Faculty of > Biology
Divisions > The Harris Centre
Date: December 2015
Date Type: Publication
Geographic Location: Fogo Island, Newfoundland and Labrador
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