Thanks to some excellent network, coordination & hosting by our Society President, Marg Cuthbert (who, by the way, was awarded the Elton Anderson Award by BC Nature last month to recognize her service, dedication, devotion, enthusiasm and energy to further the aims of BC Nature to naturalists across the province - read more in the BC Nature Magazine!), we had an expert panel for this year's World Ocean Day Lunch & Learn Webinar who shared live via Zoom with over 35 attendees.
Please enjoy the following recording of the presentations (a full list of presenters along with the resources they shared are below):
We were joined by:
Remi Torrenta, BC Projects Coordinator, Birds Canada updated us on how water/marine birds are doing in the south Salish Sea and concerns affecting their survival.
Catriona Day, Fishery Officer, Whale Protection Unit, Conservation & Protection-Pacific Region, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, “The Role of DFO’s Fishery Officers in Protecting the Critically Endangered Southern Resident Killer Whales”. Join Fishery Officers from DFO’s Whale Protection Unit as they share the wonder and plight of BC’s Southern Resident killer whales. Learn key threats facing the SRKWs and what Canada’s Acts and regulations stipulate regarding boating around orcas and marine mammals in general. (presentation below - additional posters & files to be uploaded soon to a special 'whales' blog post.
Ian Bruce, Co-Chair, BC Forage Fish Monitoring Network, “Learn about the status of forage fish in the south Salish Sea and how community is working to monitor them”.
Sheila Byers, Vice President Marine Life Sanctuaries Society, “Illegal Fishing in Protected Glass Sponge Reefs of Átl’ka7tsem / Howe Sound" Sheila Byers has volunteered with the Marine Life Sanctuaries Society since 2007 as an educator and researcher to protect marine life diversity and sustainability in Howe Sound, especially the rockfishes and glass sponge reefs. She works at the Beaty Biodiversity Museum, UBC as the Curatorial Assistant of the Marine Invertebrate Collection.
Our sincere appreciation to our presenters and to all who took the time to RSVP, to join us live and for coming to our site to learn more!
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