Colin Blackie


I’m gay and I’m an at-sea fisheries observer. //

I work on board commercial fishing boats as well as on dedicated research trips collecting otoliths, biological samples, and monitoring the locations and species composition. Working on fishing boats means I’m immersed in what’s usually a socially conservative environment. While I have not faced any discrimination based on my sexual orientation, it’s a constant thought when I get on a new boat, and I worry about them judging me before they get to know me.