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The importance of indigenous knowledge in fisheries management

Andrea Reid, Zach Penney, and Patrick Cooney

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This blog argues that creating a confluence between indigenous knowledge and Western Science is critical to developing a sustainable path towards addressing ecological and fisheries-related challenges

Early 2021, the Washington – British Columbia Chapter of the American Fisheries Society held their annual conference. The plenary speakers for the conference, Dr. Andrea Reid and Dr. Zach Penney, provided insightful presentations about the history and role of Indigenous Knowledge in culture, stewardship, and fisheries science.

Their personal backgrounds, knowledge, educations, and experiences provide the necessary catalyst to create the confluence of Indigenous Knowledge and Western Science to address the complicated issues that threaten our shared aquatic ecosystems. Take a moment to enjoy their insightful words and recordings of their presentations.

Creating a confluence between Indigenous Knowledge and Western Science is critical to developing a sustainable path towards addressing the many ecological and fisheries crises we face today.


The two presentations comprise:

Simiinekem: Perspectives on the confluence of Western and indigenous science in fisheries (Zach Penney)

Moving towards co-existence of Indigenous and Western science in modern fisheries (Andrea Reid)