Future Research Approaches To Encourage Small-scale Fisheries in the Local Food Movement


  • Connie H. Nelson Lakehead University
  • Kristen Lowitt Memorial University
  • Mike Nagy Wilfrid Laurier University
  • Dean Bavington Memorial University




Fisheries, Freshwater, Marine, Sustainability


To date, the local food system movement has focused primarily on the agri-food system. In our commentary, we suggest some ways of moving forward that may help ensure that research and discourse in the area of sustainable food systems more actively consider the role of small-scale fisheries. Specifically, we point to the need for a more integrated food system that includes both marine and freshwater fish as part of the food system, considers food and fisheries as complex and adaptive systems, and supports cross-sector policy-making for local food systems across agriculture and fisheries systems.


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Author Biographies

Connie H. Nelson, Lakehead University

Director, Food Security Research Network, Lakehead University; 955 Oliver Road; Thunder Bay, Ontario P7B 5E1 Canada; +1-807-767-0480.

Kristen Lowitt, Memorial University

Doctoral Student, Interdisciplinary Studies, Memorial University; St. John's, Newfoundland.

Mike Nagy, Wilfrid Laurier University

Sustainability Consultant specializing in seafood eco-certification, traceability and labeling in Canada; Masters Candidate, Environmental Studies, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.

Dean Bavington, Memorial University

Department of Geography, Memorial University; St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada.



How to Cite

Nelson, C. H., Lowitt, K., Nagy, M., & Bavington, D. (2013). Future Research Approaches To Encourage Small-scale Fisheries in the Local Food Movement. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development, 3(4), 177–181. https://doi.org/10.5304/jafscd.2013.034.020

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