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NSERC Canadian Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture Network

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Project Title:
Social implications of IMTA (D3P2)

Project Description:
Canadian coastal communities are small, widely dispersed, and have a high degree of diversity, both economically and culturally. In recent years, many of these communities have experienced economic hardships owing to downturns in the capture fishery and forestry sectors. One of the goals of this project is to investigate the potential IMTA has for contributing to the development of sustainable coastal livelihoods in remote communities. This requires a consideration of the capacity and interest of people for participating in aquaculture, as well as the policies and training needed to facilitate their involvement. Developing a better understanding of the social and institutional aspects of implementing IMTA in coastal communities directly complements the natural science aspects, and is an essential component in the overall process of  helping IMTA reach its full potential. Recognizing that the health of social, economic, and ecological systems are inextricably linked, our research program has been developed with an explicit acknowledgement of the need to move across traditional academic disciplines and managerial “silos”. Accordingly, this project is divided into three cross-cutting inquiry streams: a) aquaculture governance; b) the potential contribution of IMTA to Canada’s coastal economy and social sustainability; and c) First Nations and IMTA.

Project Leader Name:
Mark Flaherty, University of Victoria, Department of Geography

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Team Members’ Names and Affiliations (Researchers and Students):
Grant Murray (VIU)
Mary Liston (UVic graduate student)
Anna Belanger (UVic graduate student)
James Foley (UVic graduate Student)

(Mary Liston, the first CIMTAN graduate student to successfully defend her M.A. thesis on November 19, 2010. - Credits: Caylan Piper)

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