4WSFC North America

June 20 - 22, 2022

St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada


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


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.

​Cancellation Policy: CAD 30 administration fee will be withheld for cancellations received in writing prior to June 1, 2022. No refunds will be issued after this date. 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. Once this is completed, those attending in-person will receive a special link to complete the payment and finalize their registration at a later date.

Note: to complete the registration on Zoom Events platform, you will need to have a Zoom account. Use an existing account, if you have it. Otherwise, create a new one.

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. 

Travel support

If you are student or community member looking for travel support, please contact


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 are available for congress attendees at the Delta Hotel during June 19-22. 

  • Guest room rate (single/double occupancy): CAD 159, plus a 4% Tourism levy and 15% HST


Cutoff date for booking: June 3, 2022

Reservation procedure
To secure your reservation, please contact Delta's In-House Reservations Department directly via e-mail at or


In your message, please note the group name: World's Small Scale Fisheries Conference.


Delta In-House Reservations Department is also open Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 6:00 pm (Newfoundland Standard time). The number is 709-570-1614 or Toll Free at 1-800-793-3592.

To ensure you avail of the special room rate, you must use the contacts specified above. If you are are calling the Delta In-House Reservations Department, please do so during the work hours.

Alternative accommodations

If you interested in booking an alternative accommodations, please visit Newfoundland and Labrador Travel Guide.


TBTI Global-high res.png
Oak Foundation logo vectorised color BIG_edited.png


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.