e-book release

Thinking Big about Small-Scale Fisheries
in Canada:

Stories, Perspectives, and Research about Small-Scale Fisheries in Canada 

Edited by Evan J. Andrews & Christine Knott

This e-book is an exceptionally comprehensive exploration of small-scale fisheries in Canada. It includes a tapestry of narratives, perspectives, and research that spans across the country and along its coasts. The diverse voices in this volume illuminate the profound impact of Canadian small-scale fisheries on the social, cultural, and economic fabric of inshore and coastal communities, and their pivotal role as key stewards of Canada’s aquatic ecosystems. Given these contributions, the e-book highlights how Canadian small-scale fisheries are key to advance Canada's commitments to sustainability, equity, conservation, and Truth and Reconciliation. By doing so, this volume envisions a new era of support that seeks to amplify Canadian small-scale fisheries, and emerges as a catalyst to fostering a deeper understanding and commitment to the flourishing of small-scale fisheries in Canada and the inland and coastal communities that depend on them.

This e-book is a collection of stories and evidences that can help address the misconception about small-scale fisheries. By virtue, the book is a proof that small-scale fisheries, both Indigenous and non-indigenous, do exist in all Canada’s oceans, coastal and freshwater ecosystems. The chapters illustrate why small-scale fisheries in Canada matter. The contributors provide compelling arguments of why better management and governance of small-scale fisheries is imperative, especially for the overall sustainability. The volume is comprehensive, with 24 chapters of stories, perspectives, and knowledge about small-scale fisheries from across the country, along with the synthesis chapter that ties it all. Policy and governance recommendations are also laid out, based on lessons and reflections from the chapters, taking into consideration the urgent need to address specific issues of justice and equity. Innovative and bold research agenda, along with other activism is necessary, as called for in the volume, in order to ‘think big’ about the sector that is clearly too big to ignore and too important to fail.

Ratana Chuenpagdee

TBTI Global


The book is available for free, in e-book format.


Dr. Evan Andrews is a resource geographer working at the intersections of small-scale fisheries, marine conservation, and natural resource governance. He has a PhD in Social and Ecological Sustainability. Currently, he is a Banting Fellow in Too Big To Ignore: A Global Partnership for Small-Scale Fisheries Research (TBTI Global) and a postdoctoral research fellow in the Ocean Frontier Institute Module I, both based at Memorial University. He is the lead editor of Thinking Big about Small-Scale Fisheries in Canada and co-founder of TBTI Canada, a cross-Canadian hub of TBTI Global, focused on increasing the visibility, recognition and enhancement of small-scale fisheries in Canada.



Dr. Christine Knott is an interdisciplinary scholar with degrees in Anthropology (BA), Women’s Studies (BA and MWS), Sociology (PhD). She is an assistant professor in the Department of Women’s Studies at San Diego State University. She is also an Ocean Nexus Center Research Associate and a collaborator with the Ocean Frontier Institute (OFI) FOCI project. Dr. Knott’s current research builds on her previous work aiming to better understand the broader social and ecological ramifications of current gendered and racialized labour processes within resource extraction and processing industries. Her research aims to investigate interactions among resource dependent communities, government policies, global corporate capitalism, labour mobility regimes, and animal enclosure and commodification to better understand the broader social and ecological ramifications within fishing, aquaculture, and seafood processing industries.

TBTI Global Book Series

This publication series aims to highlight why we need to pay close attention to small-scale fisheries. The series will be of use to anyone interested in learning more about small-scale fisheries, especially about their important contribution to livelihoods, well-being, poverty alleviation and food security, as well as to those who are keen to help raise profile of small-scale fisheries in the policy realm.

How to cite

Andrews, E.J. & Knott, C. (Eds.). 2023. Thinking Big about Small-Scale Fisheries in Canada: Stories, Perspectives, and Research about Small-Scale Fisheries in Canada. TBTI Global, St. John’s, Canada