Oceans cover seventy per cent of the surface of our planet and are essential to all life on earth. They regulate our climate, supply our oxygen, and support millions of organisms that make up the complex marine food web—from planktonic creatures to blue whales to humans. We need our oceans for food and for health.
Join the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre and OceanCanada for a series of engaging talks exploring the history and future of Canada’s fisheries followed by Q & A and a “Meet and Mingle.” Four Tuesday evenings will feature new topics and experts:
Feb 28: History of Aboriginal, recreational and commercial fisheries on the NW Coast and implications for the future.
Apr 11: Current issues and future projections for local, Aboriginal, recreational and commercial fisheries.
Sep 12: How climate change and pollution are affecting our oceans.
Nov 7: Making sustainable choices.
Complimentary admission and refreshments for these events are generously being provided by OceanCanada.
RSVP required. Space is limited.
Speakers for April 11
Our moderator, Dr. Andrew Day, is the Vice President of Research, and Executive Director of the Coastal Ocean Research Institute at the Vancouver Aquarium. Dr. Day produces and communicates scientific knowledge, evidence, and understanding in the service of protecting ocean life and habitats, informing responsible economic activity, and safeguarding communities. He holds a degree in law and a doctorate in resource and environmental management, and has extensive experience leading large and complex environmental initiatives in B.C., including a global pilot to develop marine ecosystem service models, and development of ecological and human well-being indicators for Canada’s Pacific Northwest. Prior to Vancouver Aquarium, Dr. Day also worked in business, as owner of a successful consulting firm, and served as Managing Director of a sustainable seafood company with First Nations and industry partnerships. He is currently a Director of St. Jean’s Seafood – the only major producer of canned Ocean Wise products in Canada.
Dr. Naxaxalhts’i is the Cultural Advisor/Historian of the Stó:lō Research and Resource Management Centre and has worked for the Stó:lō as a researcher in cultural heritage and aboriginal rights and title issues since 1985. He currently acts as the cultural advisor on the Treaty Negotiation Team for the Stó:lō Xwexwilmexw Treaty Association. His areas of expertise include Halq’eméylem place names, fishing, and Stó:lō oral history. He has also been featured in many television documentaries for the CBC, APTN and Omni. He is a member of the Shxw’ow’hamel First Nation, the proud father of two girls and seven boys, and has nine grandchildren. He continues to fish at his ancestral fishing ground at Aseláw in the Stó:lō Five Fishery in the lower Fraser River canyon.
Christina Burridge is the executive director of the British Columbia Seafood Alliance, an umbrella association whose members represent about 90% of the value of BC’s wild seafood. Its mandate is to encourage sustainable, profitable fisheries on Canada’s West Coast. Christina has worked for various Canadian fishing industry associations since 1988 and is a member of numerous industry and government advisory groups. She is closely involved with third-party programs to verify seafood sustainability, particularly the Marine Stewardship Council, and is a member of the MSC’s Stakeholder Council. She is also the chair of the international Association of Sustainable Fisheries, representing fisheries in the MSC program.
Dr. Andrés Cisneros-Montemayor is a Program Manager and Research Associate with the Nereus Program at the University of British Columbia, and specializes in applied resource economics. Linking field and theoretic work, he has studied the economics of ecotourism, competing fishing sectors, alternative management strategies and ecosystem approaches to policy, and Indigenous fisheries, in developing and developed regions including Belize, Canada, Central America, East Asia, Mexico, Patagonia, the USA and West Africa. Andrés holds a PhD and MSc in Resource Management and Environmental Studies (University of British Columbia), and a BSc in Marine Biology (Universidad Autónoma de Baja California Sur). When he’s not working, he’d rather be somewhere sunny with his family, scuba-diving, kiteboarding, or kayaking.
Owen Bird is the Executive Director of the Sport Fishing Institute of BC, a nonprofit society, whose members are made up of a wide range of sport fishing stakeholders from fishing lodges, sport fishing related businesses to individual anglers. Bird is a lifelong angler learning to fish from a row boat off the shores of Bowser in the Strait of Georgia. He has worked as a guide, been involved in management and sales for a number of coastal fly-in lodges, and produced North American broadcast TV fishing shows for 10 years. More recently, Bird has overseen the development of the Certified Tidal Angling Guide certification program – an industry designed, first-of-its-kind in North America certification. He also participates on numerous DFO, Transport Canada, Destinations BC and other federal and provincial processes, panels and committees in order to promote sustainable access and opportunities for angling in BC waters.