A national science advisory process was held January 11-14, 2010 at the Lord Elgin Hotel in Ottawa, Ontario. The purpose of the meeting was to examine the available information on selected fishing gears (i.e. those other than mobile bottom-contacting trawls and dredges) and to provide scientifically-based conclusions and advice regarding their potential impact on marine habitats and communities. A similar science advisory process was held in 2006 that reviewed the potential impacts of bottom trawls and scallop dredges on benthic habitats, populations, and communities. The current advisory process was informed by: 1) two reports that reviewed the global experience of the potential impacts of the selected fishing gears on marine biodiversity, and 2) a number of science-based contributions from all DFO Regions related to different studies on the impacts of the selected gears.
A total of 42 participants from various Regions and sectors of Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO), as well as from the fishing industry, academia, and environmental non-governmental organisations (ENGO) attended this advisory process. These proceedings summarize the discussions at the meeting; the specific science advice is provided in the Canadian Science Advisory Secretariat (CSAS) Science Advisory Report (http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/CSAS/Csas/Publications/SAR-AS/2010/2010_003_E.pdf). The information issued from this advisory process represents the science basis on which Canadian policy regarding the potential impacts of fishing gear could be based.
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