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4WSFC North America

June 20 - 22, 2022

St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada

North America Abstract Submission

Getting IT Right

Under the theme ‘Getting IT Right,’ the congress will facilitate dialogue about and across different dimensions of change and transition, imagined as many ITs needed to achieve and maintain sustainable fisheries, coastal communities, and ocean activities. The congress aims to discuss bold prospects and innovative ideas and strategies needed to address pressing issues for North America’s small-scale fisheries, and fisheries and ocean sustainability, set within the context of a changing ocean, the Covid-19 pandemic, and climate change, among other challenges.


The congress is closely tied with the Ocean Frontier Institute's Module I on 'Informing Governance Responses in a Changing Ocean', building on its research that examines the consequences of social, ecological, economic and institutional changes for the future of fisheries, coastal communities and the economy of Atlantic Canada. The congress offers a unique opportunity to formulate informed, integrative, and proactive policies and research agendas for North America that support and promote sustainable fisheries and oceans.

The congress will be organized around seven main topics:


Getting ADAPTATION Right



Getting BLUE ECONOMY Right

Getting GOVERNANCE Right

Getting SMALL Right

Getting THE FUTURE Right

Within and across the seven themes, we welcome participation from fishers and fishing communities, industry, government, civil society, and academia, interested in fisheries and ocean sustainability in the North America region. The congress will be an opportunity to  share experiences and lessons learned, talk about what is already being done right and/or discuss ideas about prospects for what can be done better for moving forward.


The 4WSFC North America is co-hosted by Memorial University and OFI Module I, in partnership with TBTI Global and other key organizations.

Abstract submission for the  4WSFC North America has been closed. If you have submitted an abstract but have not received a confirmation of submission, please contact

The registration has been closed

Registration fees:

1) Paid registration for in-person or hybrid attendance

➡ Regular fee CAD 125

➡ Students and community members CAD 75

The registration fee includes access to all sessions, refreshment and reception.

​​No on-site registration will be available.


2) No cost registration for virtual attendance only (all sessions)

➡ For those not attending the congress in-person (virtual attendance only), registration is offered free of charge.

The 4WSFC-North America is a hybrid congress. All congress participants, including those participating in-person AND those attending virtually, need to register through the Zoom Events platform by June 10 (June 1 for those presenting at the congress). Once this is completed, those attending in-person will receive a special link to complete the payment by June 20 and finalize their registration.



All congress sessions will be recorded in the Zoom Events platform and posted on the TBTI YouTube channel. By registering for the congress, you are agreeing that you may be recorded or live-streamed at this event and that the recording of the event may be available for public viewing. The recordings as well as any material collected during a recording or a live-stream (images, voice or name) will be used for non-commercial purposes only.

In-person attendance

All congress sessions will be held at the Delta hotel. All plenaries will be held in Salon A, and the breakout sessions will be in Salons A, B, C, D (see program).


All registered participants can pick up the name badge and the congress kit at the Delta, starting on Monday, June 20th at 8:30. There will be no on-site registration. Note that lunches are not provided.


PRESENTATION GUIDELINES: Session organizers/chairs & speakers should come to the room where their session will be held 10 minutes before the session start time. At this time, speakers should upload their presentations to the designated laptop in the room, via a USB drive. A congress staff or a volunteer will be there to assist you. Because of the hybrid format, it will not be possible to present from your own laptop.


There is no need to send your PowerPoint presentations to the congress secretariat, unless specified by your session chair. If you’re part of the contributed paper session, you have a total of 15 minutes for your presentation (including Q&A).

Virtual attendance

The congress in run on Zoom Events Platform ( Before the congress, login into the congress lobby and familiarize yourself with the platform.  

PRESENTATION GUIDELINES: If you are presenting virtually, you need to enter join your session (from the congress lobby) 10 minutes before the session start time (using the special ‘panelist’ ticket, which will be sent to you). You will be able to share your screen and present when it is your turn. See instructions below on how to access the congress lobby and attend session.


There is no need to send your PowerPoint presentations to the congress secretariat, unless specified by your session chair. If you’re part of the contributed paper session, you have a total of 15 minutes for your presentation (including Q&A).

How to attend session virtually? 

Before the congress, download and install the 'Zoom Client for Meetings' desktop application:

NOTE: You will not be able to access the congress lobby without 'Zoom Client for Meetings' desktop application.

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If you have registered before June 10, you have a ticket, which you secured through your Zoom account. Your ticket confirmation, which was sent to your email, should look similar to this. If you have not received this message, your registration was not successful. In that case, email




On the day of the congress, sign into the Zoom desktop application using the same login information (email and password) used to log into Zoom to obtain your ticket. Once you log in the Zoom desktop application, leave the desktop application running in the background and continue with step 4.




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Click on the Zoom Events congress page ( and press the 'Join lobby' button.

If instead, 'Join Lobby, you see 'Register', click on it, log in into your Zoom account and from there, click 'Join lobby'.

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​Once you are in the lobby, you will be able to see the full list of sessions and participate. To do so, click on the 'Session' in the left side menu.

In the session menu, locate the session(s) that you are part of or are interested in. You can also add them to your 'Itinerary' tab by selecting the little flag in the session window.


At the start of the session, the 'join' button in the session window will become clickable - then, simply click on it and enter the session.


If you are a speaker or a chair/moderator, you will be able to enter your session 10 minutes before the session officially starts.

All settings in the congress sessions, including audio and video controls, screen sharing and chat functions as well as other settings are identical to those in regular Zoom Webinars.


For more information about Zoom Events, please read this article:



Delta Hotel Conference Centre, St. John's, Canada

The Delta Hotel, located in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, will be the venue for the in-person congress events. Find more information about the Delta Hotel here


There are no more rooms at the special congress rate available for booking at the Delta Hotel. Regular room prices may still be available. Please contact the hotel directly for the room rates. 


For accommodations near the congress venue, please check Hilton Garden Inn, or visit Newfoundland and Labrador Travel Guide. Regular room rates apply. 



For the most up-to-date information regarding COVID, including travel regulations, please refer to the following sources:

Government of Canada

Government of Newfoundland and Labrador


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International Organizing Committee

Ratana Chuenpagdee (Chair)

Memorial University 

Evan Andrews (Co-chair)

Memorial University

Megan Bailey

Dalhousie University

Patricia Pinto da Silva

NOAA - Northeast Fisheries Science Center

Katia Frangoudes

University of Brest

Cynthia A. Grace-McCaskey

East Carolina University

Sarah Harper

University of Victoria & University of British Columbia

C. Julián Idrobo

Aurora College

Johan Joensen


María López

Memorial University

Paul Foley, (Co-chair)

Memorial University, Grenfell Campus

Kristen Lowitt

Queen's University

Charles Mather

Memorial University

Prateep Nayak

University of Waterloo

Fred Phelan

Fisheries and Oceans Canada (Newfoundland and Labrador)

Sheila Prall-Dillman

Fisheries and Oceans Canada (Maritimes)

Gerald Singh

Memorial University

Joshua Stoll

University of Maine

Susan Squires

University of North Texas

Coordination and Logistic Support

Vesna Kerezi
OFI Module I & TBTI

Angela Drake

OFI Module I

2022 International Year of Artisanal Fisheries and Aquaculture (IYAFA)

The United Nations General Assembly declared 2022 the International Year for Artisanal Fisheries and Aquaculture (IYAFA 2022). IYAFA aims to enhance understanding of, raise awareness, and support the contributions of small-scale and artisanal fisheries and aquaculture to sustainable development around the world; specifically their role in food security, nutrition provision, poverty eradication, and sustainable use of natural resources. IYAFA 2022 also aims to promote sharing and collaboration among small-scale fishers, fishworkers, fishfarmers, and stakeholders to support policy co-development. 


The IYAFA Global Action Plan (GAP) promotes inclusive value chains, gender equity and equality, awareness and resilience to climate change and disasters, sustainable use of biodiversity, empowering fishers, building partnerships, and nourishing nations by, with, and for artisanal fisheries and aquaculture. These key messages are the foundation of IYAFA, and will help guide sustainable development in the years to come. 

The 4th World Small-Scale Fisheries Congress series is part of IYAFA. We recognize and celebrate the billions of people whose lives and livelihoods are artisanal fisheries and aquaculture around the world. 

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