Canada at a crossroad :The imperative for realigning ocean policy with ocean science

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dc.contributor.author Bailey, Megan
dc.contributor.author Favaro, Brett
dc.contributor.author Otto, Sarah
dc.contributor.author Charles, Anthony
dc.contributor.author Devillers, Rodolphe
dc.contributor.author Metaxas, Anna
dc.contributor.author Tyedmers, Peter
dc.contributor.author Ban, Natalie C.
dc.contributor.author Mason, Taylor
dc.contributor.author Hoover, Carie
dc.contributor.author Duck, Thomas J.
dc.contributor.author Fanning, Lucia
dc.contributor.author Milley, Chris
dc.contributor.author Cisneros-Montemayor, Andrés M.
dc.contributor.author Pauly, Daniel
dc.contributor.author Cheung, William W.L.
dc.contributor.author Cullis-Suzuki, Sarika
dc.contributor.author Teh, Louise
dc.contributor.author Sumaila, U. Rashid
dc.date.accessioned 2018-04-18T16:36:07Z
dc.date.available 2018-04-18T16:36:07Z
dc.date.copyright 2016 en_US
dc.date.issued 2016
dc.identifier.citation Bailey, M., Favaro,B., Otto, S.P., Charles, A., Devillers, R., Metaxas, … Sumaila, U.R. (2016). Canada at a crossroad: The imperative for realigning ocean policy with ocean science. Marine Policy, 63, 53-60. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.marpol.2015.10.002 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.marpol.2015.10.002
dc.identifier.uri https://dspace.library.uvic.ca//handle/1828/9227
dc.description.abstract Canada's ocean ecosystem health and functioning is critical to sustaining a strong maritime economy and resilient coastal communities. Yet despite the importance of Canada's oceans and coasts, federal ocean policy and management have diverged substantially from marine science in the past decade. In this paper, key areas where this is apparent are reviewed: failure to fully implement the Oceans Act, alterations to habitat protections historically afforded under Canada's Fisheries Act, and lack of federal leadership on marine species at risk. Additionally, the capacity of the federal government to conduct and communicate ocean science has been eroded of late, and this situation poses a significant threat to current and future oceans public policy. On the eve of a federal election, these disconcerting threats are described and a set of recommendations to address them is developed. These trends are analyzed and summarized so that Canadians understand ongoing changes to the health of Canada's oceans and the role that their elected officials can play in addressing or ignoring them. Additionally, we urge the incoming Canadian government, regardless of political persuasion, to consider the changes we have documented and commit to aligning federal ocean policy with ocean science to ensure the health of Canada's oceans and ocean dependent communities. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship This is a product of the OceanCanada Partnership funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) of Canada (Ban, Bailey, Charles, Cheung, Cisneros-Montemayor, Hoover, Sumaila, Teh). Favaro acknowledges funding from the Liber Ero Fellowship Program. Charles acknowledges funding support from SSHRC through the Community Conservation Research Network. Pauly and Sumaila thank the Sea Around Us. Cheung and Cisneros-Montemayor thank the Nippon Foundation-UBC Nereus Program. Hoover acknowledges funding from ArcticNet. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Marine Policy en_US
dc.subject Federal policy en_US
dc.subject Fisheries Act en_US
dc.subject Canada en_US
dc.subject Ocean science en_US
dc.subject Species at Risk Act en_US
dc.subject Evidence-based policies en_US
dc.subject Marine management en_US
dc.subject Science communication en_US
dc.title Canada at a crossroad :The imperative for realigning ocean policy with ocean science en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.description.scholarlevel Faculty en_US
dc.description.reviewstatus Reviewed en_US

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