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Shellfish farming on Vancouver Island. Photo credit: Philippe ArchambaultCanada’s oceans are changing: collapsed fisheries, regional extinctions, introduced invasive species, habitat destruction, food web alteration through removal of target species and bycatch, chemical loading (eutrophication) and climate change all add to complex pressures with cumulative impacts. At the same time major international conservation agreements as well as Canada’s national laws define a requirement to protect marine habitat, biodiversity and ocean health. The diversity of life in the ocean, from genes to species to ecosystems is recognized as irreplaceable natural heritage crucial to human well-being and sustainable development. Université du Québec à Rimouski/CHONe researcher Philippe Archambault and team members taking benthic samples aboard the CCGS Amundsen in the Beaufort sea , in collaboration with ArcticNet, to compare benthic biodiversity along the Arctic Corridor. Photo credit:  Mathieu Cusson

In the past, the roles and objectives of Canadian university and DFO scientists were distinct, but the scientific landscape is changing. A convergence is happening between theoretical concepts of ecosystem integration and the design of techniques that inform integrated management…

…DFO now emphasizes an ecosystem approach for sustaining resources, ecosystem function, and biodiversity in a holistic approach that recognizes the interconnectivity of the ocean.

…University research has expanded to examine the services that marine ecosystems provide and to study the broader context of conservation and sustainability.

These shifts provide a significant opportunity for collaboration.






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