Work Plan

2021-2022

International Fisheries Section
Andrea Reid, President

International Fisheries Section 2021-2022 Work Plan – Andrea Reid

Expand, Showcase & Be Accountable to Indigenous Membership

  1. Increase the IFS Indigenous membership within and outside North America
  2. Propose reduced AFS membership rate for Indigenous membership (following UN designations)
  3. Implement methods for improved welcoming of Indigenous delegates at Society annual meetings and the IFS Business Meeting and Networking Event
  4. Work with Fisheries and AFS Newsletter editor to showcase international projects, issues, and success stories in Indigenous fisheries research and management
  5. Develop an appropriate protocol for acknowledging and including Indigenous cultural practices within AFS and IFS
  6. Building an Indigenous network within AFS and IFS to create a safe space for multiple voices and perspectives to be heard and shared; work with AFS to formalize a relationship with American Indian Science and Engineering Society & Native American Fish and Wildlife Society
  7. Develop a mandate letter for AFS outlining steps towards decolonizing fisheries science in response to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP)

Continue Communication Strategy

  1. Prepare seasonal email blasts to all IFS members
  2. Continue to improve the IFS website (Peter Holder)
  3. Maintain Social Media presence and promote interaction (So-Jung Youn and Lisa Kelly)
  4. Email updates of activities, communications, and section information (Erin Loury)
  5. Promote the IFS Editorial Assistance Program (Julie Claussen)
  6. Send welcome letter to international delegates for AFS and IFS
  7. Build network of IFS Members to translate critical IFS communications (Gus Engman)

Manage Directives

  1. Maintain fiscal responsibility of section funds (Paul Simonin)
  2. Grant International Travel Awards from the Sullivan Family Endowment Fund
  3. FSBI-AFS Fellows Program (Chris Schwinghamer)
  4. Grant Bern Megrey World Fisheries Congress Travel Awards (Bob Hughes)
  5. Coordinate OLAF International Membership Awards
  6. Award the International Fisheries Science Prize at WFC

Contribute to AFS

  1. Support the launch of country profiles in Fisheries and house them on website
  2. Develop IFS exhibit and host international symposium at AFS 2022 (Spokane, USA)

Support global conferences and initiatives

  1. Support World Fisheries Congress 2021 (Adelaide, Australia as well as virtual)
  2. Serve on the International Program Sub-Committee for WFC 2024 (Seattle, USA)

Vision for IFS

I believe there is great scope within the mission, vision, and activities of IFS to promote inclusion and accessibility specifically for Indigenous populations around the world who have been historically (as well as contemporarily) underrepresented in AFS. I have admired the accessibility gains made by past presidential initiatives such as those of Julie Claussen, Steven Cooke, and Abigail Lynch, and I am thrilled to have this opportunity to spearhead initiatives aimed at fostering positive relationships and collaborations with Indigenous organizations, research centres, communities, and individuals. This will include targeted outreach at conferences and events, developing an appropriate protocol for acknowledging and including Indigenous cultural practices within AFS and IFS, building an Indigenous network within IFS to create a safe space for multiple voices and perspectives to be heard and shared, as well as establishing financial supports for Indigenous members. As the largest and most influential fisheries society in the world, I see that it is important to develop a mandate letter for AFS outlining steps towards decolonizing fisheries science in response to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP)––an initiative that I will make a priority. In addition, I will continue delivering and enhancing core IFS activities such as membership communications, ensuring IFS perspectives are considered in AFS and World Council of Fisheries Societies decisions, strengthening relationships with other international fisheries societies, and providing travel support for international members.