Propelling the Blue Economy:  Connecting Our Oceans,
Our People, Our Future

St. John’s, NL, Canada
23-25 November 2021
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About

The Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University of Newfoundland presents Propelling the Blue Economy:  Connecting Our Oceans, Our People, Our Future, a 3-day Virtual Symposium for scientists, researchers, government representatives, industry stakeholders, NGOs, Indigenous and coastal communities to exchange and share their experiences and ideas on all aspects of The Ocean Decade.

This conference will provide an interdisciplinary platform for researchers, practitioners and educators to present and discuss the most recent innovations, trends, and solutions to assist in the development of a common framework that will contribute to the development of a sustainable blue economy for Canada and the world.

 

Event Schedule

 

Time

Session

Speaker

All times NST

Day 1 - November 23, 2021

12:00pm -
12:15pm

Opening Remarks and Land Acknowledgement

12:15pm -
1:00pm

Plenary Session Keynote Speaker

1:00pm -
1:55pm

Session 1 - Implications of Autonomous Shipping: Stakeholder Perspectives

Maritime Autonomous Ships Systems or MASS represents a spectrum of remote or complete self-controlling maritime vessels operating on the oceans. While the first iterations of MASS were found in the military domain as remote operating drones, improved autonomous technology is now controlling small subsea vehicles and surface craft. Technology firms continue to drive experimentation with larger cargo carrying vessels, such as the Yara Birkeland, the concept of which is drawing much attention. While the commercial aspects of remote or autonomous vessels present opportunities, the applications can also be termed disruptive. The legal, regulatory and societal impacts to adopt MASS systems widely represent considerable challenges for all stakeholders.

1:55pm -
2:05pm

Health Break

2:05pm -
3:00pm

Session 2 - Value chain optimization of Newfoundland and Labrador commercial fishery: A case study on Snow Crab, Sea Cucumber and Farmed Atlantic Salmon

Crab, Sea cucumber and farmed Atlantic Salmon are the most important species for the Newfoundland seafood economy. Currently, we only utilize 30-60% of its potential, and the rest are being used for low-value products or dumped as waste. This session will give an overview of the Marine Institute's ongoing research to utilize these by-products as candidates for high-value functional food, pharmaceuticals and nutraceuticals.

3:00pm -
3:55pm

Session 3 – A rock-solid climate solution: Solid Carbon can remove carbon emissions and safely secure them beneath the ocean floor

This session features a 25-minute lecture about the Solid Carbon project by Dr. Kate Moran, President and CEO of Ocean Networks Canada (https://www.oceannetworks.ca/). Following the talk, the Marine Institute's Dr. Sean Mullan will moderate a 30-minute discussion amongst selected expert panellists from Canadian industry and academia. 

3:55pm -
4:00pm

Closing Remarks

Angie Clarke - Fisheries and Marine Institute

Day 2 - November 24, 2021

Time

Session

Speaker

All times NST

12:00pm -
12:05pm

Opening Remarks and Land Acknowledgement

12:05pm -
1:00pm

Plenary Session Keynote Speaker

1:00pm -
1:55pm

Session 1: Blue Economy, Resilience and Diversification: A Caribbean Perspective

COVID-19 has devastated economies around the world. For some island nations the pandemic has highlighted the risks of overreliance on traditional sectors such as tourism. Blue Economy offers prospects for economic resilience and diversification and is creating a demand for a newly skilled workforce. Helping youth access globally relevant education and training will be key to addressing the skills gap. This session will highlight developments in the Blue Economy in the Caribbean through the perspective of a Blue Economy thought leader and three students.

1:55pm -
2:05pm

Health Break

2:05pm -
3:00pm

Session 2 - Fisheries Development through Community Based Science and Training in Canada’s Arctic Communities

A panel discussion focused on the future of inshore fisheries development in Canada's eastern Arctic Communities. A multi-year collaboration between the Fisheries and Marine Institute and Qikiqtaaluk Corporation will be highlighted. Panel member include individuals from academia and industry.

3:00pm -
3:55pm

Session 3 - Diverse Approaches to Education and Training to Meet Evolving Demands of the Blue Economy - Student Perspectives

Diverse Approaches to Education and Training to Meet Evolving Demands of the Blue Economy - Student Perspectives

Day 3 - November 25, 2021

Time

Session

Speaker

All times NST

12:00pm - 12:30pm

Opening Remarks and Land Acknowledgement

Introduction of the Minister of Environment and Climate Change

12:00pm -
12:30pm

Plenary Session Keynote Speaker

12:30pm - 1:35pm

Session 1 - Coastal and Ocean Data and Marine Spatial Planning as Key Foundations Supporting the Blue Economy 

Developing the Seychelles Marine Spatial Plan Atlas to Support Biodiversity Protection, Climate Change Adaptation, and the Blue Economy

Marine Planning and Conservation: Coastal and Ocean Data Initiatives

1:55pm - 2:05pm

Health Break

2:00pm - 2:55pm

Session 2 - Supporting the Innovation Ecosystem for Newfoundland and Labrador and Beyond 

NL is a global leader in cold-ocean and harsh environment research and development with state of the art infrastructure, expertise and experience across marine sectors. Access to suitable test facilities is key to technology development and demonstration to leverage cross-sectorial collaborations and support the full innovation life cycle. With the recent investment in the expansion of The Launch, Memorial University's portal to the ocean, there is an opportunity for this facility to support the oceans ecosystem as an innovation centre for the province and support technology development and commercialization for the Blue Economy.

3:00pm - 3:55pm

Session 3 - Location, Location, Location - Memorial as a Champion for Ocean Industries

As a gateway to the Arctic, Memorial is located at the intersection of global currents and the central North Atlantic. It is the ideal location to launch ocean research and education in support of the Blue Economy. With a thriving regional and national ocean technology sector ready to partner and collaborate, how can Memorial act as a champion for NL's ocean industries.

News

 

Organization

With its vision for the future to guide the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador to the world through global leadership in applied oceans education and research, Memorial University’s Fisheries and Marine Institute (MI) recognizes the significance of the opportunity The Ocean Decade presents.

With its established networks across key marine sectors, MI plays a leading role in connecting global leaders across ocean sectors to explore partnerships and new business models that support both ocean heath and economic prosperity, ultimately positioning Canada as a leader in the global blue economy. 

 
 

Registration is now open!

As a virtual symposium, our event is more accessible and affordable for everyone to experience and explore our discussions about Canada’s role in the global Blue Economy.

Full Symposium - $50
Single day - $25
Post-secondary Students - Complimentary registration with student number

All Registration Fees in Canadian dollars.