Frontiers and Futures for Fish

The NAAFE 2019 Forum in Halifax
May 22–24, 2019

This is a perfect time to come to Halifax to explore links with history, and visions for the future.

There are a few places in the world where fisheries are a significant part of daily discourse, and where the economic, historic, and cultural roles of fisheries resonate widely – one of those places is the Maritimes. The Mi’kmaq have been fishing throughout Nova Scotia for over 10,000 years, and European fishers came to exploit Canada’s Atlantic cod stocks over 500 years ago.

But about 25 years ago, the ocean off the coast from Halifax—once viewed as a sea of opportunity—became the world’s poster child for failed fisheries management. In 1992, Canada’s overfished cod stocks collapsed and a moratorium on cod fishing was instated, with devastating consequences for Canadian communities and economies along the coast. Since then, the east coast of Canada has moved from a groundfish-focused fishing economy to one of lobsters, scallops, and snow crab; once again producing valuable exports. At the same time, aquaculture has developed, as an alternative food system for fish and seafood.

However, the ocean waters off Nova Scotia are rapidly changing, and in fact marine ecosystems are shifting faster in the Northwest Atlantic than anywhere else on earth. The stability of the invertebrate-dominated ecosystem is unknown, and evidence that Northern cod is recovering has the fishing sector again poised for sector transformation. In addition, increasing market and regulatory change is occurring more quickly than the fishing sector in Nova Scotia, and throughout North America, can adapt. Fisher harvesters need to constantly recognize and respond to ecosystem, market, and regulatory change, and work towards creating a diversified oceans portfolio that links with historical ties to fishing while embracing technological and informational innovations in the way that fish and seafood are produced, traded, and consumed.

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The NAAFE 2019 Forum in Halifax, jointly hosted by Dalhousie University and Saint Mary’s University, will highlight sessions focused on learning from our economic past, transitions to the future, value chain globalization, innovative market-based instruments, and the economics of the coming aquaculture revolution. This is a perfect time to come to Halifax to explore links with history, and visions for the future. Not only are Halifax and Nova Scotia, embracing development of ocean economies, but Dalhousie University, one of the host institutions, is home to the newly launched Ocean Frontier Institute (OFI), and thus this NAAFE 2019 Forum will be about the frontiers and futures for fisheries economics.

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North American Association of Fisheries Economists


NAAFE is an international group of industry, government, and academic practitioners of fisheries economics. The purposes of NAAFE are to facilitate communication among North American fisheries and aquaculture economists in industry, academia, government, and other areas, to promote dialogue between economists and stakeholders interested in fisheries and aquaculture, and to advance fisheries and aquaculture economics and its useful applications.

Organizing Committee

NAAFE 2019 is organized by:


Dr. Megan Bailey
Assistant Professor
Canada Research Chair Integrated Ocean and Coastal Governance Marine Affairs Program
Dalhousie University

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Tony Charles
Senior Research Fellow in Environment and Sustainability
Professor, School of the Environment &
School of Business Director, Community Conservation Research Network
Saint Mary's University

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Travel to Halifax

Not only is Halifax affordable and easy to reach by land, sea, and air, it’s also close to the things that make our city unique - our seacoast, our lush countryside, and our historic setting.

All visitors entering Canada by air, land, and sea are required to carry a valid passport, and in certain cases, a visa to be eligible to enter. All persons entering Canada must fill out a declaration for Canada Customs. US and International conference delegates are entitled to specific importation privileges.

Halifax Stanfield International Airport (HSIA) is Atlantic Canada’s centre for regional, domestic, and international flight service. Recognized by the Airports Council International’s Service Quality program as one of “the best airports in its class” (under five million passengers), HSIA is the very first airport in Canada and the tenth in the world to have earned the Airports Council International’s “Airport Service Quality (ASQ) Assured” industry benchmark of service excellence. HSIA is the only airport in the region to offer Canada Customs services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and US pre-clearance services. A gateway city to North America, Halifax is geographically closer to Boston and New York than any other major Canadian city and is over one hour closer to Europe than any other major North American city.


Air carriers serving Halifax include Air Canada, WestJet, Porter Airlines, Delta Airlines, United Airlines, US Airways, Icelandair, Condor, Cubana, Thomas Cook, Air Transat and Air St. Pierre. With over 650 flights arriving each week, you can travel to Halifax on direct flights from most Canadian cities, from the major network hub cities of New York, Boston, Newark, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Detroit, Chicago and Atlanta in the United States, as well as London (Gatwick and Heathrow), Reykjavik, and Frankfurt in Europe.

Domestic flights to/from Halifax
International flights to/from Halifax

The US Customs and Immigration pre-clearance facility at the Halifax Stanfield International Airport makes it easy to do business and travel between the United States and Nova Scotia, as travellers are able to go through customs before they leave Halifax. This convenience results in a much easier arrival process in the US and much quicker connecting times to US hubs.

The airport is located 30 minutes from downtown Halifax, and offers a number of transport options to the city including limousine services, car rental companies, taxi services and shuttle buses.

Car: Taxi and Limousine Services
Taxi and limousine services are available curbside in the arrivals area for all arriving flights. A one-way trip to Halifax city centre is approximately $63*, including tax, by taxi or limousine.
More information on: Taxis and limos and accessible transportation.

Bus: Halifax Transit (MetroX 320 with Airport Service)
Halifax’s public transit system, Halifax Transit, provides bus service from the airport to Halifax’s downtown core. Buses feature luggage racks, air-conditioning, and bike racks. Buses departing from the airport to downtown begin service at 5:45 am Monday – Friday and run every half hour. On weekends, buses departing from the airport to downtown begin service at 5:15 am and run every 30 minutes. Halifax Transit does not offer services past midnight.

Halifax Transit bus fares may only be paid in exact change: Adult: $3.50*; Senior and Child: $2.75*; Student: $3.50*.
More information: Halifax Transit bus schedule and MetroX 320 schedule

Bus: Halifax Airport Shuttle
The Halifax Airport Shuttle is the easiest and most cost effective way to get to and from the airport in Halifax. The shuttle will pick you up from the airport and take you to the front entrance of your hotel, as well as pick you up from the hotel lobby and bring you to the airport for your departure.
Reservations only. One-way: $22* or $40* for a return-trip.
Children under 12 free. Prices include tax.
Make reservations in advance

* All prices are in Canadian Dollars.

Lord Nelson


The Lord Nelson Hotel & Suites will serve as the NAAFE 2019 Forum hotel

The Lord Nelson Hotel & Suites is a beautiful 4.5 Star property in downtown Halifax that combines historic charm with the modern amenities essential to today’s traveler. Their ideal location is within walking distance to the universities and hospitals. They overlook the famous Victorian-style Public Gardens with the convenience of Spring Garden Road at their doorstep providing great shopping, dining and entertainment!

A block of rooms is on hold for Forum delegates, with a nightly rate of $149* + taxes for a Classic Guest Room. Upgrade to Executive King for $189* + taxes.

To secure your preferred conference rate at the Lord Nelson Hotel & Suites, please reference NAAFE or Group ID 38292 when making your reservations. You can book your room by calling 1-800-565-2020, via email to ask@lordnelsonhotel.com, or by clicking on the button below.

Rooms will be available online until Saturday, April 06, 2019. After this time reservations will be accepted based on availability, so please contact the hotel directly to make your reservation.

* All prices are in Canadian Dollars.

Additional details about the Lord Nelson Hotel & Suites:

  • Check in time is 3:00pm. Check out time is 12:00pm.
  • Wi-Fi is complimentary in all guest rooms. 
  • There is no charge levied on local phone calls, 1-800 and calling card access.
  • Complimentary fitness facilities available for all in-house guests
  • On-site business center available 24 hours per day
  • Parking is available in an underground connected parkade at $28 per night
  • Complimentary Downtown Shuttle Service Monday – Friday (7:00am – 11:00pm).

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NAAFE 2019 Forum will take place on the Dalhousie University campus.

Dalhousie University is celebrating its 200 year anniversary in 2018. The campus is located on Halifax’s main peninsula, with views of the Northwest Arm from some of its buildings.

Museum Interior

Schedule at a Glance

Always being updated. Check back soon.

May 21
May 22
May 23
May 24
08:00   Registration Registration Registration
08:30   Plenary #1: Fishing rights and fishing communities Plenary #2: Seeing fish as food Plenary #3: Fisheries economics in a world of multi-disciplinarians
09:30   Break Break Break
12:30   Lunch Lunch
13:00   Lunch
14:00   Conference Ends
15:00   Break  
15:30   Break  
16:00   Banquet Excursion (TBA)  
17:00 Registration  
17:30 Poster Session & Reception
(Maritime Museum)
Maritime Museum


The conference theme Frontiers and Futures will serve as a framework for cross-cutting submissions. Sub-themes here will include topics like Indigenous fisheries, EBM, climate change, and gender. When potential delegates submit abstracts, they will have a choice of submitting exclusively to a traditional theme and related sub-theme (for example, Aquaculture: fish feed), or also indicating that they would like their abstract considered for inclusion in a cross-cutting Frontiers and Futures theme.

Bio-economic modeling, strategic interaction, fishing rights, transboundary fish, economics of bycatch, Indigenous fisheries

Social license, emerging products and markets, fish feed, farming innovations

Consumers and retailers, eco-labels, community supported fisheries, traceability

Value chains, traceability, logistics, trade, supply chain waste

Climate change, shifting stocks, ecosystem-based management, RFMO governance, Indigenous fisheries

Economics of wellbeing, livelihoods, small-scale fisheries, Indigenous fisheries, gender and fisheries

Plenary speakers

NAAFE 2019 Forum: Frontiers and Futures for Fisheries Economics is about looking back over our history of fishing and fisheries management, and the role that economics has had in shaping that. But it is also about looking forward, at new ways our discipline can reach and expand its own frontiers in an effort to contribute to possible futures that we want to see. To that end, the NAAFE 2019 Forum will feature plenaries each morning—highlighting the work of two speakers: a senior scholar paired with an emerging researcher. Each speaker will be given a theme, and asked to develop a 30-minute keynote address based on that theme.

Social Program

Our social program is a work in progress. More information coming soon!


All items are a work-in-progress. Please watch this space.

  1. Call for Special Sessions (now closed)
    The deadline for special session submissions was November 2, 2018.
  2. Call for Abstracts
    We anticipate abstract submission will be open in November 2018.
  3. Registration
    We anticipate registration will be open in January 2019.


We would very much appreciate any and all volunteer support for the NAAFE 2019 Forum.


We have three core areas where we can use help leading up to the conference: finances and sponsorship; science; and logistics and social program. If you have an interest or expertise in any of these, please contact us at . We particularly welcome volunteers to help during the days of the Forum—May 21-24 2019. All volunteers who contribute a total of 16 hours leading up to and/or during the Forum, will receive free registration for the Forum, which includes food and fun at the Forum banquet. Please contact us at .

Would you like to sponsor us?

If you are interested in supporting the NAAFE 2019 Forum and would like to partner with us for a successful event, please contact us to discuss available opportunities.


Thank you to our NAAFE 2019 Forum sponsors and partners.
It is because of these organizations that we are able to provide this important education and networking opportunity for our industry!


Dalhousie University,
Office of the President 

Faculty of Science

Faculty of Management

Marine Affairs

Marine Affairs Program,
Dalhousie University 

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School of the Environment & School of Business,
Saint Mary’s University 

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