In a “sustainable” ocean, there are many swimmers – a perspective from Canada’s next generation of ocean scientists

By Myriam Lacharité, PhD Candidate, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS 

Photo credit: Adeline Piot

Photo credit: Adeline Piot

For young, early-career scientists, the path to participating in sustainable ocean management is winding. Navigating the complex realities of ocean management in Canada quickly becomes overwhelming for the enthused, but unaware and young academic. Marine scientists are now assuming new, emerging roles – from advising policy, to developing partnerships with industry, to interacting with the general public and media. All of these roles are now daily realities for many marine scientists, and will become commonplace for anyone following in their footsteps in decades to come. In spite of these challenging new roles, young marine scientists are now more than ever dedicated to participating in sustainable ocean management by offering fresh perspectives, committing to include all stakeholders in the discussion, and actively promoting actions by all. Indeed, there are many fish in the sea. 

Photo credit: Curtis Pennel and Corey Morris

Photo credit: Curtis Pennel and Corey Morris

Marine scientists (including the young recruits) are now at the confluence of government, industry, and the general public and media. For this complex network of stakeholders to be successful, it is imperative that we achieve a synergy of the “three C’s”: connect, communicate and collaborate. Unfortunately, Canada’s success has been mixed in insuring that all stakeholders participate evenly toward the common goals of sustainably managing and interacting with Canada’s three oceans. In our panel discussion, we hope to bring some input on how to improve synergy among ocean stakeholders in Canada. Based on our own experiences in our research activities and current employment, we ask ourselves, the readers and the audience 3 key questions:

Photo credit: Jackson Chu

Photo credit: Jackson Chu

  1. How do we translate science into policy?
  2. How do we increase the contribution of industry to sustainable ocean management?
  3. How do we make all Canadians care about the fate of Canada’s three oceans?

 

What are your answers? Join the discussion!

The next generation of marine scientists connecting, communicating and collaborating. Photo credit: M. Lloyd, J. Chu, C. DuPreez, J. Barrell, U. Koebberling and R. Daigle.

The Next Generation of Scientists on Why We Care: A Student Panel Discussion on December 6, 2013 at 10:30 

Student Panel: Ryan CloutierCherisse Du Preez,  Maeva Gauthier, Kira Krumhansl, Myriam LacharitéHeike Link and Ryan Stanley.

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