Join Exploring By The Seat Of Your Pants as they team up with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) to celebrate World Fisheries Day on November 20th! With the theme of this month being conservation, it's important to spotlight one of the greatest conservation issues our planet faces, overfishing. Millions of people around the world depend on fish as a source of protein and we have a global fishing fleet that can fish a planet 3 times our size, that's just not sustainable. However, through amazing initiatives like National Geographic's Pristine Seas, it's been demonstrated that the ocean is resilient. If we set up marine protected areas the fish species rebound and spill outside the boundaries, creating sustainable supplies.
Jump in an event on the 20th to meet some DFO scientists working on conservation projects across Canada!
Kevin Hedges | Arctic Fisheries Scientist
Kevin has been a research scientist with Fisheries and Oceans Canada since 2010, studying Arctic marine fishes and invertebrates. Through his research program, he provides science advice to Resource Managers to support sustainable management of commercial fisheries for Greenland Halibut and Northern and Striped Shrimp, and development of new community-based fisheries in Nunavut. He is also a member of the Ocean Tracking Network and has been working with other Network researchers to study the movement patterns, habitat use and ecology of Greenland Halibut, Greenland Shark and Arctic Skates. Kevin's presentation will provide an overview of the fieldwork and lab work conducted under his research program and an overview of how that research supports resource management and conservation.