FISHES: Fostering Indigenous Small-scale fisheries for Health, Economy, and food Security

Principal Investigator: Louis Bernatchez
Theme : Environment
Competition : 2018 Large-Scale Applied Research Project Competition: Genomics Solutions for Agriculture, Agri-food, Fisheries and Aquaculture
Status : In progress
Start : Oct. 1, 2019
End: Sept. 30, 2023
Budget : $14,415,405.00



The project FISHES (Fostering Indigenous Small-scale fisheries for Health, Economy, and Food Security) will develop and apply genomic approaches in concert with Traditional Ecological Knowledge to address critical challenges and opportunities related to food security and commercial, recreational, and subsistence fisheries of northern Indigenous Peoples in Canada (Inuit, Cree and Dené communities). The project will develop genomic resources for six species important to northern communities and use these resources to identify genetically distinct populations, assess their vulnerability to future climatic conditions, quantify their contributions to mixed-population harvests, and measure the contribution of fish from developing hatchery programs to subsistence harvests. FISHES will support the co-generation of knowledge to foster the development and co-management of sustainable fisheries and will also contribute to our ability to forecast the response of key fisheries to rapid global and socioeconomic changes in northern Indigenous communities.


Lead Genome Centres: 
Génome Québec and Ontario Genomics


Co-project leaders:

Jean-Sébastien Moore

Université Laval

Dylan J.  Fraser

Concordia University

Stephan Schott 

Carleton University