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FISHES: Fostering Indigenous Small‐scale fisheries for Health, Economy, and food Security

2018 Large-Scale Applied Research Project Competition: Genomics Solutions for Agriculture, Agri-food, Fisheries and Aquaculture
Fisheries and Aquaculture
Genome Centre(s):
Génome Québec, Ontario Genomics
Project Leader(s):
Louis Bernatchez (Université Laval), Jean-Sébastien Moore (Université Laval), Dylan J. Fraser (Concordia University), Stephan Schott (Carleton University)
Project Description: 

The FISHES project will develop and apply genomic approaches in concert with Traditional Ecological Knowledge to address critical challenges and opportunities related to food security and commercial, recreational and subsistence fisheries of northern Indigenous Peoples in Canada (Inuit, Cree and Dené communities). The project will develop genomic resources for six species important to northern communities and use these resources to identify genetically distinct populations, assess their vulnerability to future climatic conditions, quantify their contributions to mixed‐population harvests, and measure the contribution of fish from developing hatchery programs to subsistence harvests. FISHES will support the co‐generation of knowledge to foster the development and co‐management of sustainable fisheries and will also contribute to our ability to forecast the response of key fisheries to rapid global and socio‐economic changes in northern Indigenous communities.