This project, funded through the Harris Centre Burin Peninsula Thriving Regions Partnership Process, aims to engage and work with communities on the Burin Peninsula who are hoping to benefit both in the short and long term from the development of the aquaculture industry in the region. Dr. Christine Knott and Dr. María Andrée López Gómez want to understand and address issues of recruitment and retention of the aquaculture workforce and opportunities for sustainable aquaculture employment with a focus on women, elders and migrant workers to link issues of employment equity with filling labour shortage gaps. The team will be working with community members on how to best cater their needs by engaging in participatory research and designing a deliverable that we hope continues after our roles as researchers in the region end.
The Thriving Regions Partnership Process aims to build meaningful research partnerships that help promote thriving social and economic regions. The Burin Peninsula suffers from population decline and decreased employment opportunities, thus attraction and retention of workers is one of the main issues that concerns communities in this area.