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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.


The Threat to the World's Oceans – Measuring Canada's Options

with
Jeffrey Hutchings
Dalhousie University

Since the 1960s, more than one and a half billion cod have vanished
from Newfoundland and Labrador waters. Why have these and other fish
populations not recovered despite massive reductions in fishing? Is
this the marine equivalent of the hunting of the buffalo? Have ocean
environments been altered permanently? Dr. Hutchings has been
studying the collapse and recovery of marine fishes since 1992. He
will reveal what scientists have learned from the cod declines as
well as introduce, with reference to the newly proclaimed Species at
Risk Act, ideas on how Canada can forge a leading international role
in the recovery of marine ecosystems, fisheries and coastal
communities.

Jeffrey Hutchings is Canada Research Chair in Marine Conservation and
Biodiversity in the Department of Biology at Dalhousie University.
His research on the evolutionary ecology of fishes has taken him to
remote areas of Newfoundland and the Arctic to study cod. A member
of the Royal Society of Canada Expert Panel on the Future of Food
Biotechnology (2000-01), he is currently an Editor of the Canadian
Journal of Fisheries & Aquatic Sciences and a Non-Government Member
of the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada
(COSEWIC).

Simultaneous translation will be provided.

Co-Sponsors:
--the Speaker of the Senate, the Hon. Daniel Hays
--the Speaker of the House of Commons, the Hon. Peter Milliken
--Partnership Group for Science and Engineering (PAGSE)
--NSERC

DATE: Thursday, September 25, 2003 from 7:30 am - 9:00 am

PLACE: Room 200, West Block, Parliament Hill, OTTAWA

COST: No charge to Members of the House of Commons, Senators and Parliamentary Press Gallery members. All others - $10.

PRE-REGISTRATION by Friday, September 19th is required.
Please register by contacting Donna Boag, PAGSE Coordinator,
email: pagse@rsc.ca, tel: (613) 991-6369, fax: (613) 991-6996.