Fonds F-240 - Institute of Fisheries Analysis fonds

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Institute of Fisheries Analysis fonds

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  • 1960 - 1998 (Creation)
    Institute of Fisheries Analysis

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1.75 m of textual records
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(1980 - 2001)

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The Institute of Fisheries Analysis (IFA) was founded in 1980 by Dr. Parzival Copes, an economist and charter faculty member at Simon Fraser University (SFU), with the support of faculty members who held a common interest in fisheries research. The IFA was established to promote interdisciplinary study and research on fisheries questions among SFU faculty, staff, and students. Topical areas of interest included, but were not limited to, the basic biology, ecology, and population dynamics of exploitable fish stocks; the bio-economic and socio-political framework of fisheries regulation and management; the socio-economic well-being of fishing communities; industrial and commercial developments related to fisheries; and the political economy of the fishing industry. In 2001, the IFA was dissolved and succeeded by the Centre for Coastal Studies.

In conjunction with its objective to promote interdisciplinary fisheries studies and research, the IFA sponsored interdisciplinary research seminars in fisheries and encouraged research cooperation among persons from relevant disciplines. The Institute also assisted in securing and administering resources for fisheries research conducted at the University. Although the IFA did not have a formal teaching role, it did encourage and support teaching programs in fisheries analysis by providing background research as well as guidance and academic supervision to students admitted to master’s or doctoral programs in fisheries management under Special Arrangements (i.e., graduate studies programs outside or between existing graduate programs, administered by the Dean of Graduate Studies).

The Institute, through using the services and expertise of its members, undertook research contracts external to the University. In order to disseminate research carried out by its members, the IFA published a Discussion Paper Series, which later evolved into the series titled Fisheries Research Papers.

When the IFA was first founded, the directorship and administration were combined with that of the Centre for Canadian Studies (CNS) as Copes was the director of CNS at the time. CNS received resources from the Office of the Vice-President, Research and Information Systems to support all of the IFA’s administrative needs. Around 1988, CNS and the IFA were separated, and the IFA was allocated its own physical space where a library and fisheries-related bibliography were developed and maintained for the use of researchers. This separation resulted in a lack of support staff and regular budget for the IFA.

In 1989, the IFA entered into a Collaborative Research and Training Agreement with Simon Fraser University and the Asian Fisheries and Social Science Research Network (AFSSRN), which was sponsored by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC). The purpose of this agreement was to provide opportunities at SFU for members of the AFSSRN to obtain master’s and doctoral qualifications in fisheries economics under the supervision of SFU faculty members from the IFA. This was a major source of IFA funding, along with a small amount of funding provided through the Faculty of Arts, and various research grants obtained by individual members of the Institute for various projects.

The administration of the IFA consisted of a Governing Committee—initially comprised of the Deans of Arts, Graduate Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies, and Science—a Director, and an Associate Director. The Director and Associate Director were appointed by the Governing Committee in consultation with the regular members of the Institute (i.e., persons holding faculty or research appointments at SFU) and the associate members of the Institute (i.e., students of the University who were directly involved in the work of the Institute). Nominations made to the Governing Committee for the Director and Associate Director were made by majority vote of the members. Applications for membership to the Institution were made to the Director and approved by majority vote of the Institute’s regular members. The Director reported directly to the Dean of Arts.

The Institute was dissolved in 2001, and its successor, the Centre for Coastal Studies, expanded the IFA’s original mandate, taking a broader ecosystem approach to coastal resource research and management.

Custodial history

The records of the Institute Fisheries Analysis (IFA) were in the custody of the Institute until 2001, when its successor, the Centre for Coastal Studies, took over the IFA's physical space. At that time, all of the IFA's records were boxed together with Parzival Copes's personal records and shipped to his home in West Vancouver. The records were stored in his garage until their subsequent donation to the Simon Fraser University Archives in 2008.

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The fonds consists of records made and received by the Institute of Fisheries Analysis in the course of administering its day-to-day operations. Activities and topics documented include the establishment, organization, and operation of the Institute (including its physical space); budget and funding; projects, programs, and agreements; IFA publications and publicity; and student, staff, and IFA member relations. Records in the fonds include correspondence, minutes, contracts, internal directories, reports, discussion papers, subject files (relating to fisheries research), press clippings, and IFA brochures.

Note that the records of the Institute of Fisheries Analysis contain university records from the Centre for Canadian Studies and the Department of Economics and Commerce. This anomaly likely occurred because of Parzival Copes’s involvement as director and instructor within each of these bodies. The records he used would have been maintained together in whichever office he occupied. For further information on these records see the descriptions and notes for Series F-240-5: Centre for Canadian Studies records and Series F-240-6: Department of Economics and Commerce records.

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Parzival Copes donated the records to the Simon Fraser University Archives in one accession in 2008.


When the records were originally donated to the Archives, they were combined in a disorderly fashion with the personal records of Parzival Copes. In order to provide access to the materials, in 2010, the archivist segregated those records comprising the Institute of Fisheries Analysis (IFA) fonds from those comprising Copes's fonds. Series were then assigned to the IFA records, based on the functions and activities of the body. Where necessary, loose materials were placed into files, and assigned titles based on the content of the folder. Those titles, which were supplied by the archivist, are enclosed in square brackets.

As the records of the Department of Economics and Commerce (DEC) and the Centre for Canadian Studies (CnS) were so intermingled with the records of the IFA, the archivist decided to leave all records together in the Institute of Fisheries Analysis fonds. During arrangement and description the files and loose items, which were easily attributed to the DEC and CnS, were separated from the other items and files, and assigned to separate series within the fonds—series F-240-5: Centre for Canadian Studies records, and series F-240-6: Department of Economics records.

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Some files may contain personal or confidential information. Access to these files may be restricted as required by law. Files marked "pending review" must be reviewed by an archivist prior to release and, as a result of the review, access restrictions may apply. Please see the file lists and consult the reference archivist for more details.

Copyright subsists in all or some of the records. Generally, the university is the copyright owner only for works that its employees and service providers authored. Please consult the reference archivist for details about the use of copyrighted materials.

Note that both of these qualifications (restrictions and copyright) apply to files across all series in the fonds. Series descriptions include a note on restrictions only where more specific information is applicable.

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Complete file lists are available for all series and sub-series.

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For other material relating to the Institute or Fisheries Analysis fonds, see the Parzival Copes fonds finding aid (F-139).

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As of 2010 all accessions have been processed. Further accruals to the fonds as a whole are expected.

Note that a further accession of records from Parzival Copes is expected, and that this accession may contain more materials relevant to the Institute of Fisheries Analysis, the Centre for Canadian Studies, and the Department of Economics. If this is the case, there will be more accruals arranged into the appropriate series.

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Finding aid prepared by Marcia Beacham Fuller (February 2011).

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