This is an excerpt of an article from UBC Oceans. The original article can be found here.
Ahead of the G7 Summit, UBC researchers applied their expertise to tackle key ocean-based challenges and help shape marine policies.
Tim Cashion and Vanessa Fladmark, two researchers from UBC’s Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries, participated in the Youth, Women and Oceans roundtable from September 17 to 18 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The forum was organized by Fisheries and Oceans Canada in partnership with the SIDS Youth AIMS Hub – Seychelles and the Youth Climate Lab.
Two key issues were addressed at the meeting: illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing, and marine pollution, with a specific focus on abandoned, lost or otherwise discarded fishing gear (ALDFG). The participants, among them Cashion and Fladmark, shared policy recommendations with Jonathan Wilkinson, Canada’s Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, for him and his team to present them at the G7 ministerial meeting, which took place shortly after from September 19 to 21.
“The purpose of the conference was to get a greater understanding of a youth or women’s perspective on these two issues ahead of the G7 meeting,” explained Cashion, an IOF PhD student and former research assistant at the Sea Around Us, who presented directly to the Minister on IUU fishing.