Lisette (Liz) Wilson
picture on the left was taken when Liz was working with WWF in PNG, on a leatherback
turtle program, for the
Bismarck Solomon Seas Ecoregion, which is now part of the coral triangle program.
The other was taken when she was working with fishermen in New Brunswick (Saint
John Harbor area) collecting "ghost traps".
Liz is an international student from Fiji who previously completed
her Master of Marine Management at Dalhousie University, Halifax. She is currently
a PhD candidate in the Interdisciplinary program. The focus of her research
is in learning more about how small scale fishers/fishermen cope with past
and current changes in their fishery (resilience) and how future changes are
envisioned. She hopes that her research can help small-scale coastal communities
mitigate or prepare for future risks or opportunities within their fisheries.
Her field work is being conducted in two locations, the South Western Cape
Area of South Africa and South West New Brunswick, Canada and is being supported
by the Robin Rigby Trust.
Liz¡¯s community partners are the Fundy North Fisherman¡¯s Association in
St. Andrews, New Brunswick; and the Masifundise Development Trust and the
Environmental Evaluation Unit at the University of Cape Town. So far, Liz
has completed her field work interviews, and is now focusing on analyzing
her data and writing her thesis. Preliminary results reflect some of the major
changes in the type of fishery, for example the elevation of the lobster fishery,
the expansion of the aquaculture industry (in SWNB) and impacts from marine
legislations such as the Marine Living Resources Act (1998) in South Africa.
Key issues and potential escalating risks include marine policies and large
corporations that displace small scale fishers from their traditional fishing
areas, chemical impacts on habitats from aquaculture, and the uncertainty
of climate change on different fisheries.
In South Africa, Liz was hosted by Mr. Nico Waldeck, Mr. Hahn Goliath, Mr.
Peter Owies, the Lambertsbaai and Doringbaai communities, Ms. Jackie Sunde,
and Dr. Merle Sowman, and in SWNB, the Young Family, Ms. Donna Curtis, and
Dr. Melanie Wiber. Liz is very grateful for their very warm hospitality, guidance
and support for her research.