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Ocean Wise 10th Anniversary
Seafood Symposium


Live-streamed April 27, 2015

Ocean Wise 10th Anniversary Seafood Symposium – From Fisheries to Foodies

The Vancouver Aquarium is bringing together leaders in sustainable seafood – including scientists, chefs, and industry partners – for an evening of insight and discussion on the latest research in marine and fisheries science.

In 2005 the Vancouver Aquarium launched Ocean Wise, Canada’s first sustainable seafood program aimed at addressing the number one problem facing our world’s oceans today, overfishing. For ten years, Ocean Wise has been a national leader in sustainable seafood initiatives. Gaining support from 16 Vancouver-based partners in 2005, Ocean Wise has grown substantially over the last decade. Today Ocean Wise has over 600 partners with thousands of locations across Canada serving and supplying a diverse array of sustainable wild-caught and farmed seafood. As we celebrate the success of the sustainable seafood movement, we also look forward to new solutions for feeding a growing population without compromising the health of our oceans.

The symposium will be followed by a reception featuring refreshments and sustainable seafood, prepared by Vancouver Aquarium Executive Chef Tim Bedford. For those in Toronto, we will be celebrating – with delicious Ocean Wise food and beverages – and live streaming the symposium at the Centre for Social Innovation


 

Agenda
 

Time

Description

Speaker

Organization

4 p.m.

Opening Remarks

Ann-Marie Copping

Ocean Wise

4:15 p.m.

Speaker 1

Daniel Pauly

UBC

4:30 p.m.

Speaker 2

Lance Barrett-Lennard

Vancouver Aquarium

4:45 p.m.

Speaker 3

Wilf Swartz

UBC

p.m.

Speaker 4

Jeff Marliave

Vancouver Aquarium

5:15 p.m.

Break for refreshments

5:45 p.m.

Speaker 5

Wendy Norden

Monterey Bay Aquarium

p.m.

Speaker 6

Peter Ross

Vancouver Aquarium

6:15 p.m.

Speaker 7

Shannon Balfry

Vancouver Aquarium

6:30 p.m.

Speaker 8

Rashid Sumaila

UBC

6:45 p.m.

Closing Remarks

Ann-Marie Copping
& Rob Clark

Ocean Wise
& The Fish Counter

p.m.

Break for Networking Reception


Speakers

 

Santi Roberts

Sustainable Seafood: how do we get there?

Santi Roberts is the Science Manager at Seafood Watch, where he has been integral in maintaining the scientific robustness of the program while increasing its market coverage and moving the entire assessment process online.  Prior to Seafood Watch, Santi’s work has included winning continued and improved protections for cold water corals, turtles, sea birds, mammals and forage fish.  Santi has a BS in Marine Biology and a MS in Environmental Resources, both from the UK.  In his spare time, he really enjoys writing about himself in the third person.

Santi

Lance Barrett-Lennard

Dr. Lance Barrett-Lennard is the Senior Marine Mammal Scientist at the Vancouver Aquarium.  He has a broad range of research experience in the field studies of marine mammals, with a particular focus on killer whales. He has been an active collaborator in the ongoing studies of the behavioural and population biology of killer whales in British Columbia and Alaska since 1984, and has also studied the species in Norway and the sub-Antarctic.  As a molecular geneticist, he uses DNA analysis to resolve population identity, dispersal patterns, and mating systems. Some of his findings recently served as the basis for the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada's listing of southern resident killer whales as an endangered population. Dr. Barrett-Lennard is co-chair of the Killer Whale Recovery Team convened by Fisheries and Oceans Canada.

Dr. Lance Barrett-Lennard

Peter Ross

Healthy oceans mean healthy seafood: tackling pollution at source

Dr. Peter Ross is the Director of the Ocean Pollution Research Program at Vancouver Aquarium.  In more than 25 years of marine pollution research, he pioneered new techniques to evaluate the effects of persistent pollutants on the health of marine mammals. He has led groundbreaking studies on the health of B.C.’s iconic killer whales, on the effects of flame retardants on beluga whales, on the presence of hydrocarbons in sea otters and their habitat, on trends in priority pollutants in harbour seals, on the impacts of currently used pesticides on the health of salmon, and on the identification of emerging pollutants in sentinel species.  He is an international expert in the area of ocean pollution, having published more than 120 scientific articles and book chapters.

Peter Ross

Shannon Balfry

Development of larval feeding strategies to support sustainable rockfish aquaculture.

Dr. Shannon Balfry is the Director of Aquatic Animal Breeding Program at the Vancouver Aquarium. She graduated from the University of British Columbia, where she also did her post-doctoral research in the area of fish health and nutrition. Prior to joining the Vancouver Aquarium’s Fish Research Department, she held a research chair position with BC Innovation Council’s “Aquaculture and Environmental Innovation Award” program. The focus of her research was to develop new finfish species for conservation based sustainable aquaculture. She is continuing her conservation based research on developing methods for curatorial and applied breeding of marine fish. 

Seafood Symposium

Jeff Marliave

Urchin barrens, cloud sponges and prawn fishing

Dr. Marliave is the Vice President of Marine Science at the Vancouver Aquarium.  He has worked at the Aquarium for over 38 years and has been conducting research in Howe Sound for over 30.  In 2013, the Howe Sound program was re-defined to focus on a more comprehensive approach to understanding Howe Sound ecology and response to change.  The Howe Sound program also monitors prawn nursery and glass sponge growth as indicators of environmental quality; monitors seabed biodiversity for long-term comparisons; documents lingcod spawning; studies rockfish abundance in relation to Howe Sound Rockfish Conservation Areas; and has successfully reintroduced black rockfish to Howe Sound. Dr. Marliave has produced over 80 scientific and technical publications.

Seafood Symposium

Rashid Sumaila

Rashid Sumaila is Professor and Director, Fisheries Economics Research Unit, Fisheries Centre, the University of British Columbia. Sumaila has authored over 160 journal articles; including Science and Nature and won awards including the 2013 American Fisheries Society Excellence in Public Outreach, the Stanford Leopold Leadership Fellowship and the Pew Marine Fellowship; and has  given talks at the UN Rio+20, the WTO, the White House, the Canadian Parliament and the British House of Lords.

Seafood Symposium

Daniel Pauly

Daniel Pauly is a dual French and Canadian citizen who completed his high school and university studies in Germany. After many years at the International Center for Living Aquatic Resources Management (ICLARM), in Manila, Philippines, Dr. Pauly became in 1994 a Professor at the Fisheries Centre of the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, of which he was the Director from 2003 to 2008.  Since 1999, he is also Principal Investigator of the Sea Around Us, devoted to studying, documenting and mitigating the impact of industrial fishing on the world’s marine ecosystems.

Seafood Symposium

Wilf Swartz

Keeping Up With Time: How Perishability Influences Supply Chain Management in Japan's Fresh Fish Markets

Wilf Swartz is a Research Associate with the Nereus Program at the University of British Columbia. While most of his past work focused on examining global seafood consumption in the context of fleet expansion and international governance of fisheries subsidies, Dr. Swartz now focuses primarily on seafood supply chain management. Specifically, his current research pertains to understanding the price-setting mechanisms of the fresh fish market in Japan, and associated market-based strategies for reducing food waste. He has numerous academic publications and his work on the ecological footprint of seafood consumption was featured in National Geographic in 2010. Complementing his work in fisheries economics, Dr. Swartz has also worked as an international relations coordinator for the City of Fukuoka, as a financial risk analyst for investment banks in London, and as a research officer for the World Trade Organization in Geneva.

Seafood Symposium

Robert Clark

Throughout his award winning career Chef Robert Clark has been a champion of sustainable seafood. In 2004, Chef Clark was instrumental in helping the Vancouver Aquarium create the Ocean Wise program and is recognized as a founding partner. Ever cognizant to the delicate interconnected web of quality, sustainability and market demands that surround the seafood industry, Clark believes the integrity of a product is the foundation on which a chef builds his reputation. To that end, Clark has been instrumental in the creation of the annual Spot Prawn Festival in Vancouver, assisted the Vancouver Aquarium build and launch the Ocean Wise program, and has sat on the board of the B.C. Chefs' Table Society since its inception. In March 2011, Clark was awarded the Seafood Champion Award from SeaWeb for his ocean advocacy work, and in 2013 Rob Clark opened The Fish Counter with business partner and marine biologist, Mike McDermid. As one of Canada’s most heralded chefs, Clark freely donates his time to worthy causes that directly contribute to the conservation of our marine life and aquatic environments and acts as an Ocean Wise ambassador.

Rob Clark

Ann-Marie Copping

Ann-Marie Copping is the Manager for the Vancouver Aquarium’s sustainable seafood program Ocean Wise, where she provides strategic direction and annual planning, marketing strategy and overall program administration including financial stewardship. She worked for 25 years in foodservices/resort supply chain management negotiating and managing purchasing agreements for North American wide independent and chain restaurants, hotels and resorts.   She has a degree from the University of British Columbia in French Literature and a Purchasing Management Association Designation. Ann-Marie is a Steering Committee member of the Conservation Alliance for Sustainable Seafood. She has also served as a Director of Kids Help Phone, a National Children’s Charity in Canada.

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