Community-University Research for Recovery Alliance (CURRA)

A 7-year (2007-2014) research program of innovative, interdisciplinary research projects related to helping communities and organizations along Newfoundland's west coast develop strategies for the recovery of fish stocks and fishery communities.

Centered at the Bonne Bay Marine Station in Norris Point, NL, the CURRA brought together researchers from the social and natural sciences and fine arts at Memorial University in St. John's and Sir Wilfred Grenfell College in Corner Brook in working partnerships with numerous stakeholders and community organizations.

The long-term objectives of the CURRA included promoting community engagement with the Station, promoting and diversifying the research community affiliated with the Station and training researchers in collaborative, community-based research approaches.

Some of the digital output from the CURRA included:

Films/Videos:
-The One Hundred Nautical Mile Seafood Diet
-Changing Tides: Gender, Fisheries and Globalization

Audio:
- An Interview with Robert Hooper, Director, Bonne Bay Marine Station
- I want to Touch it - by Alison Eaton
- How we Fish and Farm - by Kristen Lowitt
- Waiting for Jason - by Ivan Emke

Video Presentations:
- Fisheries Policy and Management: A Critical History - A Presentation by Dean Bavington
- Thanks for all the fish? Resource management and regional development in post-crash Iceland - A presentation by Anna Karlsdóttir and Karl Benediktsson
- Fisheries Co-Management by Evelyn Pinkerton
- Reflections on Fisheries Research - by Bonnie McCay


Audio
Title An Interview with Dr. Robert Hooper, Research Director, Bonne Bay Marine Station, Memorial University
Click Here to Listen
Description: Dr. Hooper talks about the unique ecosystems of Bonne Bay, threats to biodiversity, and how the ecology is changing.
Year 2001
Interviewer Ivan Emke
Producer/Director Ivan Emke
Produced by Voices of Bonne Bay Radio Station
Commissioned by Voices of Bonne Bay Radio Station
Funded by N/A
Length: Approximately 11 minutes

Title Radio Documentary - I want to Touch it!
Click Here to Listen
Description: This radio documentary is meant to capture the joy, fear, chaos and wonder that visitors of the Bonne Bay Marine Station experience when they encounter the fascinating creatures found in our touch tank. The touch tank contains a variety of marine organisms that are found locally in Bonne Bay. Each visitor has a completely different tactile experience when handling creatures such as a crab, starfish or moon snail. We hope that you'll be able to share in some of the feelings experienced by our visitors as you listen to all the interesting tidbits of information shared by your host, Fiona Cuthbert. Drop by the touch tank next time you're in Norris Point and discover your own reaction to these prickly, pinchy and sometimes slimy creatures!
Year 2005
Writer Alison Eaton
Producer/Director Alison Eaton
Produced by Alison Eaton
Commissioned by Community-University Research for Recovery Alliance, Memorial University.
Funded by Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC); Memorial University; the Research and Development Corporation, Newfoundland and Labrador; with support from numerous community partners and groups.
Length: Approximately 7 minutes

Title Radio Documentary - As we Fish and Farm
Click Here to Listen
Description: This documentary explores a changing food system in the Bonne Bay region. It features Mancel Halfyward, Ernie Decker, and Marsha Crocker about their experiences fishing and farming, and what these activities mean to them and the community.
Year 2005
Writer Kristen Lowitt
Producer/Director Kristen Lowitt
Produced by Kristen Lowitt
Commissioned by Community-University Research for Recovery Alliance, Memorial University.
Funded by Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC); Memorial University; the Research and Development Corporation, Newfoundland and Labrador; with support from numerous community partners and groups.
Length: Approximately 7 minutes

Title Radio Documentary - Waiting for Jason
Click Here to Listen
Description:
Year 2001
Interviewer Ivan Emke
Producer/Director Ivan Emke
Produced by Ivan Emke
Commissioned by Community-University Research for Recovery Alliance, Memorial University.
Funded by Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC); Memorial University; the Research and Development Corporation, Newfoundland and Labrador; with support from numerous community partners and groups.
Length: Approximately 15 minutes

Video
Title The 100 Nautical Mile Seafood Diet
Click Here to View
Description: "The 100 Nautical Mile Seafood Diet" promotes dialogue about ways to build a diet heavily reliant on food from the sea around Newfoundland and Labrador, including both traditional and contemporary uses.
Year 2015
Interviewer Anne Troake
Producer/Director Anne Troake
Produced by Anne Troake
Commissioned by Barbara Neis, Principal Investigator, Community-University Research for Recovery Alliance
Funded by Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC); Memorial University; the Research and Development Corporation, Newfoundland and Labrador; with support from numerous community partners and groups.
Length: Approximately 15 minutes
Title Changing Tides: Gender, Fisheries and Globalization
Click Here to View
Description: In May 2000, researchers from universities and non-governmental organizations in 18 countries came together with women fish workers from Atlantic Canada to talk about some of the changes that are happening in fisheries around the world. They compared experiences, explored the links between local and global change, and talked about how these changes are affecting women and men in fisheries communities.
Year 2001
Writer Barbara Neis
Producer/Director Debbie McGee
Produced by The Centre for Academic and Media Services, Memorial University of Newfoundland
Commissioned by Barbara Neis, Principal Investigator, Community-University Research for Recovery Alliance
Funded by Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)
International Development Research Centre (IRDC)
Status of Women Canada, Atlantic Region
International Centre, Memorial University with Funding from the Canadian International Development Agency
Faculty of Arts and School of Graduate Studiers, Memorial University
And through in-kind support from the International Collective in Support of Fish workers
Length: Approximately 58 minutes

Sponsor

CURRA