Sustainable management of Canada’s oceans requires Canadians to manage our activities (e.g. fishing, aquaculture, resource extraction, shipping, recreation, etc.) in a way that minimizes harm to the environment and its ecosystems, and ensures ours and the planet’s well-being. This requires a national strategy, and the coordination and collaboration among stakeholders (e.g. scientists, government, industry, NGOs and the public) to seek the appropriate balance between conservation and use of the ocean. To find this balance, ecological, economic and social information, as well as options and constraints must be included in the decision-making process. It also requires us to accept social responsibility for our ocean use, and demonstrate leadership in the decision-making of environmental protection, rather than focusing on short-term profits. By preserving Canada’s heritage, we will ensure the long-term socio-economic benefit of our oceans resources.
The 2020 Vision of Canada’s Oceans Dialogue; a series of presentations and open exchanges among ~80 major stakeholders in Canada’s oceans to address how science can inform policy towards sustainable ocean use.