2020 Vision of Canada's Oceans Dialogue - Day 1 AM

The 2020 Vision Dialogue brings together major stakeholders in Canada's oceans to discuss how science can inform policy to maintain productive oceans that provide maximum benefits to Canadians.


  1. The first day of the two-day event started with talks and discussions establishing the current ecological, scientific and political context.  The venue, in downtown Vancouver, was superb.
  2. After a warm welcome by CHONe Director Dr Paul Snelgrove, each of the participants introduced themselves.  First up: two of Canada's most eminent ocean scientists, Dr Verena Tunicliffe (U Victoria) and Dr Paul Snelgrove (Memorial U), explain why the oceans matter to them - and why they should matter to the rest of us.
  3. The fact that Canada oversaw the extinctions of four of the 20 documented extinctions of marine species struck a cord. Steller sea cow can be added to the list.
  4. It wasn't all bad news.  In fact, Verena and Paul emphasised what a wondrous place the ocean is.  Their passion for the underwater world was palpable.
  5. Verena and Paul's talk generated tough questions.