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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 p.m.
  • Dr. John Dower, UBC fisheries oceanographer will talk about the long-term stability of marine ecosystems. May 25, 1:50 p.m.

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.

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Media contacts:
Rick Lee
Canadian Institute for Climate Studies
(250) 472-4291
Mike McNeney
UVic Communications
(250) 721-7642

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