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Charting A Sustainable Course: Exploring Canada’s Fisheries


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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:

  • 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 November 7th

Moderator:  Rashid Sumaila, Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries

Dr. Gerald Singh: Nereus Postdoctoral Researcher, Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries, UBC

Gerald completed his PhD at the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability at UBC and now works as a Nereus Program Postdoctoral Fellow collaborating with the United Nations Development Program. Gerald is characterizing the contribution of a sustainable ocean to achieving broad sustainable development goals. Using the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a framework, Gerald is researching how the SDGs are dependent on achieving sustainable use and management of the ocean.

Sonia Strobel: Co-founder and Managing Director, Skipper Otto’s Community Supported Fishery

Sonia co-founded Skipper Otto’s with her husband and fisherman, Shaun Strobel, for fishing families to provide premium, sustainable seafood directly to conscientious consumers. By applying her knowledge of Community Supported Agriculture Programs to fishing, she conceived of the idea for a Community Supported Fishery in 2008. As a result, Skipper Otto’s became one of the first CSFs in the world, Otto has been able to keep fishing and his son Shaun returned to a career in fishing. Skipper Otto’s now supports 34 independent fishing families and delivers sustainable local seafood to over 2,400 families in BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Ontario.

Ann-Marie Copping: Program Manager, Ocean Wise Seafood

Ann-Marie joined Ocean Wise Seafood in 2011. As program manager, she is responsible for strategic direction, marketing and overall program administration. She worked for 25 years in foodservices and resort supply chain management, negotiating and managing purchasing agreements before changing to the ENGO world.  She is also a Board member of the Conservation Alliance for Sustainable Seafood and actively works with the Global Sustainable Ratings Alliance and the Global Ghost Gear Initiative. Working collaboratively with international Sustainable Seafood NGOs is required to raise awareness around sustainable seafood and solve fishing and aquaculture issues.

Amy Mar: Regional Manager, Sustainable Fisheries Framework, Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Amy has fifteen years of experience working for the federal government and joined the Department of Fisheries & Oceans in 2006.  She previously worked as the Regional Manager of the Species at Risk Program where she provided advice and implemented plans for the recovery of endangered, threatened or special concern species.  Prior to that, she worked as the Regional Manager of the Oceans Program, working in collaboration with First Nations, industry, and stakeholders on marine conservation and marine planning initiatives.  In her current role, she manages a small team that serves to coordinate and provide advice on the implementation of fisheries management policies that support conservation and sustainable use.

Previous Topics

  • 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, 2017 (RSVP)


6:30 p.m. Doors Open 

7:00 p.m. Panel Discussion

7:45 p.m. Audience Q & A


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Charting a Sustainable Course Lecture Series is part of the Vancouver Aquarium's Aquatic Cafe program, where conversations about the ocean take place.


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