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VANCOUVER — A suite of conservation measures developed jointly by environmentalists and the British Columbia groundfish bottom trawl fishing industry will be announced on Wednesday, March 28.

The David Suzuki Foundation and Living Oceans Society will join with industry representatives from the Canadian Groundfish Research and Conservation Society to provide details of new management measures designed to protect corals, sponges and deep sea habitats on Canada's Pacific Coast. The majority of fish caught by this fishery are sold in retail outlets in Washington, Oregon and California.

A tele-briefing and web conference for interested reporters will cover the collaboration's main points and make industry and environmentalist spokespeople available for Q&A.


Wednesday, March 28
10:00 am Pacific Time / 1:00 pm Eastern Time

NOTE: The web conference is best viewed on a non-wireless connection. Audio for this web conference is provided via teleconference.

Call in number for reporters:
North America toll-free: 1-888-349-9582 Local/International: 1-719-325-2423

URL for web conference: http://momentum.adobeconnect.com/living-oceans-society-webinar/

Test your connection: https://momentum.adobeconnect.com/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm


Dr. Scott Wallace, 778-558-3984, Sustainable Fisheries Analyst, David Suzuki Foundation
John Driscoll, 250-230-6580, Sustainable Fisheries Campaign Manager, Living Oceans Society
Bruce Turris, 604-524-0005, Canadian Groundfish Research and Conservation Society
Brian Mose, 250-248-0969, Canadian Groundfish Research and Conservation Society

Media contacts

Jodi Garwood, David Suzuki Foundation, 604-732-4228 ext.1281
Geoff Gilliard, Living Oceans Society, 604-999-6273

Organizations involved

Canadian Groundfish Research and Conservation Society — A commercial fishing industry organization representing participants in the commercial groundfish trawl fishery, including license holders, vessel owners, crew, processing plants, and shore-workers. The CGRCS works cooperatively with government agencies and other industry associations on the sustainable management of groundfish resources (i.e. research surveys, biosampling, stock assessments, and fishery monitoring) and the economic viability of the commercial groundfish trawl fishery.

David Suzuki Foundation — A Canadian environmental organization that works with government, business and individuals to conserve our environment by providing science-based education, advocacy and policy work, and acting as a catalyst for the social change that today's situation demands.

Living Oceans Society — Canada's largest environmental organization that focuses exclusively on marine conservation, based in the small fishing community of Sointula, British Columbia.

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March 27, 2012