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This flagship series brings together Parliamentarians with experts in science and engineering, showcasing outstanding Canadian research accomplishments. Its purpose is to provide unbiased insight into topical scientific issues, within a non-partisan forum. This prestigious forum represents a unique opportunity for scientists to communicate important findings to a distinguished and influential audience.

The series is organized by PAGSE, an umbrella group of 25 + science and engineering organizations operating under the auspices of the Royal Society, and is supported by NSERC.


Fisheries and global warming, and their impacts on marine ecosystems and global food security

with

Daniel Pauly, University of British Columbia Fisheries Centre

Over the last half century, the reach of industrial fisheries extended down into deeper waters and spread out across the oceans, past the developing nations of the Southern Hemisphere, all the way to Antarctica. Almost everywhere, massive catch increases were followed by equally spectacular collapses. That era of expansion is now over. Global catch, which peaked in the late 1980s, remains in decline, while evidence for collateral damage to ecosystems and biodiversity mounts. Dr. Pauly will explore options to repair some of this damage and prepare the world for a future in which global seafood supply faces its latest threat—global warming.

Dr. Daniel Pauly is a world leader in drawing international attention to the state of the oceans and for advocating science-based stewardship. A professor in the Fisheries Centre, which he directed from 2003 to 2008, he is an authority in ecosystem modeling and the management of fisheries. His scientific contributions include more than 500 articles and book chapters. His work has been recognized by major awards such as the Excellence in Ecology Prize, Germany (2007), the Volvo Environmental Prize, Stockholm (2006), the International Cosmos Prize from the Expo '90 Foundation of Japan (2005) and the Award of Excellence of the American Fisheries Society (2004). He pursues his current research as Lead Investigator of the Sea Around Us Project (www.seaaroundus.org).

Organized by: The Partnership Group for Science and Engineering (PAGSE)

Sponsored by:

--the Speaker of the Senate
--the Speaker of the House of Commons
--Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)

Date: Thursday November 25, 2010 NEW TIME 7:15 am - 8:45 am
NEW LOCATION: Government Conference Centre, 2 Rideau Street
Cost: No charge to Members of the House of Commons, Senators and Media. All others $20
Registration: Please register by contacting Donna Boag, PAGSE Manager: 613-991-6369, pagse@rsc.ca
Registration Deadline: Monday November 22, 2010