Navigating towards ecologically safe and socially just fisheries

Thursday March 12, 2020 |  515 West Hastings | 7:00 pm

Moderator:  Naomi Krogman, Dean, Faculty of Environment, Simon Fraser University

Anne Salomon, Professor, School of Resource and Environmental Management, SFU
Kii'iljuus Barbara J. Wilson, Haida Nation

Daniel Pauly, Killam Professor, Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries, UBC


Operating within the biophysical limits of our biosphere and ensuring its equitable use is the central challenge of our time. This is acutely true among the world’s oceans where fisheries provide food, livelihoods and well-being for over 3 billion people.  Worryingly, many of these fisheries are in poor shape. This presents a pressing challenge among seafood-dependent communities, such as Indigenous nations along the Pacific coast of Canada, where up to 41% of households cannot meet their nutritional needs. Salomon and Kii’iljuus hope to change this by sharing recent discoveries and stories of revitalization from B.C.’s  kelp forests, ancient clam gardens and Pacific herring fisheries. By weaving ecological, archaeological and Indigenous knowledge, Salomon and Kii’iljuus show how democratizing ocean science and policy can help us navigate towards more ecologically sustainable and socially just fisheries in Canada. Respondent, Dr. Daniel Pauly, UBC Killam Professor and acclaimed marine scientist, will then provide his global perspective and iconoclastic vision for the future of fisheries worldwide.


Anne Salomon is one of Canada’s foremost coastal marine ecologists, with a talent for catalyzing evidence-based change. Her research has been internationally recognized for its contribution towards integrating diverse disciplines and sources of knowledge to advance conservation science and practice. She is deeply committed to co-producing, communicating and mobilizing marine conservation science, and fosters unique research partnerships with Indigenous knowledge holders, government and non-government organizations, and a wide diversity of scholars. Her highly collaborative research has revealed key insights into tipping points in kelp forest ecosystems, the cascading effects of keystone predators, the science of marine reserves, and the factors that confer resilience to coupled social-ecological systems. She has been named a Pew Fellow in Marine Conservation, awarded the International Prize for Professional Excellence in Ecology, and was recently inducted into the Royal Society of Canada College.

Kii’iljuus Barbara J. Wilson is an elected representative of the Council of the Haida Nation, scholar and educator. She was an Official Observer at COP21, Paris in 2015, Chair of the Committee on Indigenous Justice and Residential Schools, is on the Board of Directors for Coast Opportunity Funds and has been a member of the Legal Aid Society for over 30 years. In her community, Barbara is a mother, grandmother, aunt, sister, great-grandmother and friend to many.  She has lectured for Simon Fraser University, UBC, University of Victoria and Northwest Community College. Barbara has been a keynote speaker, cultural advisor, liaison between governments, union executive member, negotiator, photographer, and cinematographer.  She is regularly invited to speak at conferences internationally and across Canada about her research and education linking Traditional Knowledge, Land and Ocean Management and Conservation, Climate Change and Indigenous Governance. She earned her MA in Education at SFU this past spring.  Her passions are her family, homeland – Haida Gwaii, writing, research, surfing, leaving the world a better place through education, and helping others to appreciate Traditional Knowledge.

Daniel Pauly is a French and Canadian citizen who completed his high school and university studies in Germany; his doctorate (1979) and habilitation (1985) are in Fisheries Biology, from the University of Kiel. After many years at the International Center for Living Aquatic Resources Management (ICLARM), in Manila, Philippines, he became in 1994 Professor at the Fisheries Centre of the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, of which he was the Director for 5 years (Nov. ’03-Oct. ’08). Since 1999, he is also Principal Investigator of the Sea Around Us Project (see, funded for 15 years by the Pew Charitable Trusts, Philadelphia (currently by a number of foundations), and devoted to studying, documenting and promoting policies to mitigate the impact of fisheries on the world’s marine ecosystems (see AMBIO, 34: 290-295, 2007).

SFU Faculty of Environment
SFU Alumni Association
SFU David and Cecilia Ting Endowment Fund

About the 2020 Dean's Lecture Series

To wrap up the celebration of our 10th Anniversary, SFU’s Faculty of Environment is pleased to announce our 2020 Dean’s lecture series:  From Environmental Research to Public Solutions. The series features scholars and practitioners who explore some of the pressing social and ecological challenges we face.  Each talk will share current research and include perspectives from practitioners and community members on applying this knowledge to local collaborations and initiatives to motivate change at individual, organizational and political levels.

Additional talks in the series: