Pacific Fisheries Resource Conservation Council

Pacific Fisheries Resource Conservation Council

October 12, 2005 15:09 ET

Pacific Fisheries Resource Conservation Council: Conference to Address Impact of Climate Change on B.C. Fish Stocks and Implications for Fisheries Management

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 12, 2005) -

Sessions and workshops open to public and media

Will B.C. salmon, other fish species and their habitats be able to survive in a warmer climate? Will there still be a fishery if rising global temperatures affect fish and their traditional habitats? Will the way we manage and conserve fish now work in the future and if not, what changes are necessary to adapt to a changing climate?

These are just some of the issues that will be addressed at Climate and Fisheries: Impacts, Uncertainty and Responses of Ecosystems and Communities conference.

The three-day event takes place at the Victoria Conference Centre in Victoria, B.C. October 26-28. It will bring together more than 200 researchers, resource managers, policy makers, planners and community leaders to explore emerging issues about the impacts of climate on marine and freshwater ecosystems, aquatic and fisheries resources and communities in British Columbia, Washington and the Pacific Northwest.

"This gathering is the start of efforts to get people who manage Pacific salmon stocks to understand and think seriously about climate change and what that means for fish and their ocean and freshwater habitats and how we conserve our stocks while still allowing fishing opportunities," says Paul LeBlond, chair of the Pacific Fisheries Resource Conservation Council (PFRCC), one of the conference's sponsors. "We hope the discussions will start generating the answers needed to inform future research, planning and management of B.C.'s fisheries."

"This West Coast event is the culmination of three years of discussions on climate, fish and aquatic resources across Canada," says conference chair Dr. Mark Johannes. "More understanding of how climate affects the fisheries resource is important not only to fisheries organizations but also to communities and industries. We need to start thinking about how to reduce economic and conservation risks and explore opportunities in a changing climate."

Coordinated by the Canadian Climate Impacts and Adaptation Research Network (C-CAIRN), and also sponsored by the American Fisheries Society, B.C. Ministry of Environment, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, and the Pacific Salmon Foundation (PSF), the conference will include:

- A day-long session on climatic change and its implications to Fraser River sockeye salmon, on October 27, 2005 chaired by Dr. Paul LeBlond.

- A day-long session on climate and recovery planning in B.C., chaired by Dr. Paul Kariya, executive director of the PSF.

- A luncheon address on October 27, 2005 by the Hon. Barry Penner, B.C. Minister of Environment

- Keynote addresses by Dr. Rosemary Ommer, University of Victoria: Coasts Under Stress: Can Coastal Communities Survive?; Dr. John Reynolds, Simon Fraser University: International Experiences on the Implications of Climate on Fisheries; Dr. Kim Hyatt, Fisheries and Oceans Canada: Physics, Phytoplankton, Fish, Fisheries and Folks; Arnie Narcisse, B.C. Aboriginal Fisheries Commission: 10 Miles of River is the Whole World; and Dr. Paul Kariya, Implications of Climate on Recovery Planning in B.C.

- A Climate Banquet at the Royal B.C. Museum with guest speaker Dr. Richard Hebda, curator of the museum's Climate Change exhibition. 6:30 - 10pm, Thursday, October 27, 2005. Tickets $60.

The cost to attend the conference is $125/day or $315/ three days with special rates for students and the NGO community. Go to to view the full conference program or to register, or contact Dr. Mark Johannes Conference Chair; email: tel.: 250-756-0930 for more information.

NOTE TO EDITORS: Media are invited to attend any conference session at no charge. Please contact Michelle Cook, PFRCC media liaison at 604-833-2734 for more information.

Contact Information

  • Pacific Fisheries Resource Conservation Council
    Gordon Ennis
    Managing Director
    (604) 775-6070
    Pacific Fisheries Resource Conservation Council
    Michelle Cook
    Media Liaison
    (604) 833-2734
    Pacific Fisheries Resource Conservation Council
    Dr. Mark Johannes
    Conference Chair
    (250) 756-0930 or (604) 738-5332