On November 22, the Tula Foundation, Fisheries and Oceans Canada and Environment and Climate Change Canada co-hosted a conversation entitled, ‘Developing Digital Twins of the Ocean for Canada’. This webinar was an official satellite event for the International Digital Twins of the Ocean Summit 2023, hosted in Xiamen, China. ‘DITTO - Digital Twins of the Ocean’ is an endorsed Ocean Decade program, and a global effort to address Challenge 8, ‘create a digital representation of the ocean’.
The UN Decade of Ocean Science and Sustainable Development (the Ocean Decade)is entering its third year. In November, the Ocean Decade released their June 2022 - June 2023 Progress Report. June 2023 also marked the end of the first full year of the Ocean Decade Collaborative Center for the Northeast Pacific.
Marine Protected Area Networks (MPANs) offer opportunities for habitat protection at large spatial scales while still allowing for varying levels of human activities. Recently, Nature United, with support and input from multiple ocean practitioners across the NE Pacific, released a synthesis report entitled “Best Practices and Procedures for Operationalizing Marine Protected Area Network Monitoring”.
As we dive into some of the Decade Actions in the Northeast Pacific region, we want to introduce two people from the Malahat Nation dedicating their time to the Salish Sea Ghost Gear Project. Andre Goldsmith is a Marine Stewardship Coordinator for the project, and a member of the Malahat Nation, and Desiree Bulger, is the Acting Director of the Nation’s Environment Department.
Behind every Ocean Decade Action is a team of dedicated and passionate ocean professionals. Oriana Smy had the opportunity to sit down with Dr. Cherisse Du Preez, who is certainly no exception to this statement. Dr. Du Preez is the Head of the Deep-Sea Ecology Program at the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Victoria. Or as she sees it: “I get paid to explore the deep-sea, which is a really cool job!” As Canada has committed to protect 30% of the ocean, she feels honoured to look for the amazing places and animals within deep-sea ecosystems to help reach that level of protection.