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.

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  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.
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