Dennis and Shannon are working with several First Nations in the Yukon Territory to create community-based salmon plans that are based on the culture, heritage, language, and beliefs of each Nation. They help to identify the values and priorities of each Nation and ensure that these values are reflected in the strategic plan for salmon management.
Along with our fave fellow traveller and partner, Keep Fish Wet, Dennis and Shannon are working to create a tool for online education for catch and release fishing with a focus on how to apply best practices in different scenarios.
Dennis has launched an amazing initiative called 'Respect for Fish' that works on many fronts to discuss issues related to catch and release, fish handling, and ideological differences surrounding fishing activities. Phase 1 of this project has been completed, and Phase 2 will begin in 2020.
Shannon is thrilled to be supporting an initiative by one of our fellow travelers, Too Big to ignore (TBTI). TBTI is currently hosting a Global Online Learning and Training Platform in transdisciplinary (TD) training. The program is to engage participants in a critical examination of a range of issues in transdisciplinary fisheries work, including challenges and concerns related to fisheries and ocean sustainability, especially those affecting small-scale fisheries (SSF).
Keep an eye out for Shannon in Module 2!
Education and training are crucial parts of capacity building for future generations of fishy folk and water warriors. Shannon teaches in the Institute of Environmental and Interdisciplinary Science at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. This year, all courses are online thanks to Covid, so field trips like the one shown here are sadly not possible. (Field trip with Nature-Based Destinations MSc students, Gotland, Sweden, 2019. )
Dennis Zimmermann is pleased to have just completed a course in the Fundamentals of Conservation Conflict Transformation with the Centre for Conservation Peacebuilding. This amazing course provides insight into the skills, principles, and processes required to navigate complex conservation conflicts. We at Infinity are looking forward to applying CCT in the international fishery field as a part of our solutions toolbox.
As co-ordinator for TBTI's Inland Fisheries Cluster, Shannon was fortunate to participate in TBTI's SSF Open House Sessions during World Oceans Week. You can check out the session she organized at this YouTube link: https://youtu.be/rQ6uc2W2OMg and enjoy the incredible talks and panel discussions.
Shannon is VERY excited to have joined forces with other female-led and driven fisheries not-for-profit organizations to create a new support hub called Femme Fish Conserv! FFC has three main priorities: to support its members and their goals, to fund and organize opportunities for members to develop professionally, and to share resources and collaborate so everyone benefits. Keep an eye on this space for more exciting news to come!