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Interview Opportunity for Gulf Halibut Fish Harvesters

01/21/2019

Marine Institute graduate student, Rachel Marshall, is looking to interview fish harvesters about Atlantic halibut behavior and movement in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Knowledge gained from these interviews will be compared with data from electronic tags to investigate the seasonal distribution of Atlantic halibut in the Gulf of St. Lawrence and inform the design of the longline survey.

Participating harvesters will take part in semi-structured interviews in which they will be asked to describe their experiences as a fish harvester targeting groundfish in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, with special attention paid to their experience with Atlantic halibut. Participation will require no more than two hours. Interviews will be held in the following locations from January 24 to February 2, 2019: Port aux Basques, Stephenville, Rocky Harbour, Cow Head, Port Saunders, and Plum Point.

Fish harvesters who are actively fishing for groundfish in NAFO divisions 3Pn and 4R, and who have been doing so for at least five years, who are interested in participating in this study, please contact Rachel Marshall to arrange a meeting time (email: Rachel.Marshall@mi.mun.ca; phone: 709-769-0968).

Please note that this study is not being conducted by or required by the FFAW in any way. Decisions whether or not to participate will not be reported to anyone.

The proposal for this research has been reviewed by the Interdisciplinary Committee on Ethics in Human Research and found to be in compliance with Memorial University’s ethics policy. If you have ethical concerns about the research, such as your rights as a participant, you may contact the Chairperson of the ICEHR at icehr.chair@mun.ca or by telephone at 709-864-2861.