4WSFC North America

June 20 - 22, 2022

St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada

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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 six main topics:


Getting ADAPTATION Right


Getting BLUE ECONOMY Right

Getting GOVERNANCE Right

Getting SMALL Right

Getting THE FUTURE Right

Contributions are invited from fishers and fishing communities, industry, government, civil society, and academia, interested in fisheries and ocean sustainability in the North America region. Within and across the six themes, we welcome participants who are keen to share their experiences and lessons learned, who want to talk about what is already being done right and/or have ideas about prospects for what can be done better moving forward. Abstracts for individual papers or organized sessions (about 250 words) are accepted until January 31, 2022.


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



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


Special room rates will be available for congress attendees at the Delta Hotel.

More information soon


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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