A national science advisory process was held March 9-12, 2010 at The Westin Hotel in Ottawa, Ontario. The purpose of the meeting was to determine the occurrence, susceptibility to fishing, and potential of recovery of corals, sponges, and hydrothermal vents in Canadian waters.
The current advisory process was informed by a number of working papers and presentations provided by DFO Science, academics, and environmental non-governmental organisations (ENGO). A total of 47 participants from various Regions and sectors of Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO), as well as the fishing industry, academia, and ENGO attended this advisory process. These proceedings summarize the discussions of the meeting; the specific science advice is provided in the Canadian Science Advisory Secretariat (CSAS) Science Advisory Report (www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/csas-sccs/Publications/SAR-AS/2010/2010_041-eng.html). The information issued from this science advisory process represents the science basis on which Canadian policy regarding the potential impacts of fishing gear could be based.
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