Focus Group Invite: Fishing the Small: Making Sure There Is Enough Food For All

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By Aurelie Cosandey-Godin, WWF-Canada Oceans

Hello IMCC4 Delegates!

We’d like to encourage everyone to come out to World Wildlife Fund-Canada’s focus group Fishing the Small: Making Sure There Is Enough Food For All. Forage species — small, abundant fish — play a key role in marine ecosystems. But worldwide, management of forage fish fisheries have focused on maintaining targeted populations without addressing their ecological role.

Humpback whales, British Columbia, Canada

Humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) feeding in the coastal waters near Prince Rupert, British Columbia, Canada.

This session will include a presentation on WWF-Canada’s Forage Fish campaign, but it is primarily a participatory session with a facilitator, using the World Cafe method. A graphic facilitator, Marguerite Drescher, will be on hand to capture key points visually. A report, Food for All, about the state of the Canadian forage fish fisheries, will be available at the session.

There are two sessions on Tuesday August 2, so you can choose the one most relevant to your interests.

Session 1: 8:30-10:30am: What conditions are required to advance ecosystem-based fisheries management of forage species in Canada?

Session 2: 11am-1pm: What  information and tools are required to insure that foraging needs of dependent predators are considered in decision-making?

Both will be held in Salon F of the Delta Conference Centre. See you there!

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