Date: May 16, 2000
Warm Water Woes
Whether it's plankton, salmon or grey whales, marine life seems to
be under increasing stress as ocean temperatures rise from Juan de
Fuca Strait to the Gulf of Alaska.
Climate researchers and fishing industry members will take stock of the situation when they gather at UVic May 25-26 for a workshop on "Seafood Sustainability in a Changing Climate" (http://www.cics.uvic.ca/workshop).
The goal of the workshop is to find ways to fill existing knowledge gaps and to explore practical avenues for fisheries and coastal communities to cope with climate change.
Six speakers will set the tone for the workshop by identifying current trends, accepted facts, research issues and challenges (Note: All presentations will be in the David Lam Auditorium, room A144 of the MacLaurin Building):
- Hon. John Fraser, Pacific Fisheries Resource Conservation
Council, is the workshop's keynote speaker and will give an
overview of the current situation and challenges facing
fisheries. May 25, 9:20 a.m.
- Dr. Andrew Weaver, UVic Climate Modelling Group, will
focus on oceans and global warming. May 25, 10:10 a.m.
- Dr. John Davis, Department of Fisheries and Oceans,
assistant deputy minister will review climate impacts on wild
fisheries. May 25, 10:50 a.m.
- Mr. Brian Kingzett, aquaculture consultant, will assess
potential impacts on shellfish aquaculture resulting from climate
change. May 25, 11:30 a.m.
- Dr. Brad Hicks, Taplow Feeds, vice president discusses
climate impacts on finfish aquaculture. May 25, 1:10
- Dr. John Dower, UBC fisheries oceanographer will talk
about the long-term stability of marine ecosystems. May 25,
The workshop is sponsored by the UVic Centre for Earth and Ocean
Research, the Canadian Institute for Climate Studies, the Institute
for Pacific Ocean Science and Technology (IPOST), the Canadian Global
Change Program, and Coastal Zone Canada--B.C. Association.
The above sessions are open to media and conference delegates.
Canadian Institute for Climate Studies
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