OTTAWA, Jan. 26, 2012 /CNW/ - Canada's vast ocean geography carries with
it global leadership and stewardship responsibilities to address
stressors which threaten ocean health and marine biodiversity. On
November 26, 2009, the Royal Society of Canada (RSC) announced the
commissioning of an Expert Panel, consisting of eminent scholars and
chaired by Dr. Jeffrey A. Hutchings, Professor and Canada Research
Chair in Marine Conservation and Biodiversity, Dalhousie University.
The Panel was given a mandate to consider a large body of scientific
evidence that, if summarized for the public, would be helpful to their
consideration of the issue of sustaining Canada's marine biodiversity.
The panel was requested to reflect on such matters as the consequences
of climate change, fishing, and aquaculture on the ability of Canada's
oceans to sustain marine populations and species at levels that would
restore the natural resilience of ocean ecosystems and allow them to
adapt in response to human and natural stressors, including global
warming. While the RSC itself does not have an opinion on these
matters, the Panel was struck as a service to Canadians, who would
benefit from having a careful, balanced review of the publicly
available evidence in this matter of critical importance to Canada.
On February 2, 2012 the Expert Panel will release its report at a press
conference in Vancouver, British Columbia. Also on February 2, the
report will become publicly and freely available for download on the
website of the Royal Society of Canada at: www.rsc-src.ca/expertpanels_reports.php
The main questions that are elaborated upon in the report include:
What are the past, current, and projected trends in Canadian marine
How does Canada perform with respect to our national and international
commitments to protect marine biodiversity?
How does Canada's performance in fisheries management compare with the
practices of other modernized nations?
How has the performance of the Department of Oceans and Fisheries
compared with its pledges and policies?
What specific actions could the Government of Canada contemplate in
order to improve the management of Canada's fisheries and the
restoration and protection of Canada's marine biodiversity?
Press Conference Details
Thursday, February 2, 2012 at 10:00 am PST
Room 420 - Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue, SFU Vancouver, 580 West
Hard copies of the Expert Panel Executive Summary will be available
onsite as of 9:30 am PST
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For further information:
Erika Kujawski, Senior Officer of Communications, The Royal Society of Canada, (613) 991-6990 Ext. 105, Mobile: (613) 816-4967, firstname.lastname@example.org; www.rsc-src.ca; twitter.com/RSCTheAcademies