Sustainable Fisheries Survey
Posted on: December 4, 2019
Fish tug Rosaline
The commercial fishing tug ‘Rosaline’ operating off the Black Bay Peninsula, Ontario. Photo: Infosuperior.

Lake Superior covers more of the globe than any other lake in the world, by far. Since Superior is the largest lake by surface area, it is reasonable to expect that fish from the lake would be easily available in Lake Superior communities. This is not the case.

Try going to a supermarket in Terrace Bay, Thunder Bay, Munising or Marathon to buy Lake Superior fish. Around the lake, with a few notable exceptions in the form of specialty fish shops and a handfull of restaurants, Lake Superior fish is very difficult to access. This, despite the fact that regional communities are situated beside the largest lake in the world. 

A survey being undertaken by Lakehead University and entitled, Sustainable Fisheries in the Lake Superior Region,” might help to understand how this situation could be changed for the better. 

Go directly to the “Sustainable Fisheries in the Lake Superior Region” Survey.

The project is supported by Lakehead University, the Lake Superior Living Labs Network and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.

The purpose of the survey is to explore the network of people and organizations involved in all aspects of fisheries across the Lake Superior watershed (including the Canadian and US sides of the lake and Indigenous governance). Harvesting, processing, transportation, distribution, marketing, retail, consumption and waste will all be considered, in addition to policy, research, and management. Information gleaned through the survey will help to map relationships and better understand the network of organizations and institutions involved with fisheries. In essence, the survey is a stepping stone helping to build collective action towards more sustainable fisheries for the region.

Once the survey is completed, case study research will be undertaken focusing on innovative examples of how to integrate fisheries into local and sustainable food systems for the region. 

All results will be shared at a knowledge-sharing workshop in 2021, as well as in academic publications and conference presentations. 


Go Directly to the Survey

Website: Exploring Food and Fishery Systems in the Lake Superior Region

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