Photo: You're making waves in ocean conservation

DSF’s Scott Wallace is helping change local marine conservation and drawing attention from around the world.

Thanks to your support, DSF senior research scientist Scott Wallace led an unprecedented collaboration between industry, government and environmental groups that's protecting sensitive seaf loor habitat while keeping commercial fishing afloat.

Now one of Canada's most criticized fisheries is transforming into one of its most highly regulated success stories — and inspiring worldwide attention.

In February, the Vancouver Aquarium recognized Wallace's work to help reform the B.C. trawl fishing industry with its Murray A. Newman Award for Significant Achievement in Aquatic Conservation.

When DSF published Wallace's Dragging our Assets: Toward an Ecosystem Approach to Bottom Trawling in Canada in 2007, the relationship between the Foundation and B.C.'s bottom trawl fleet was chilly.

By 2012, the former adversaries had come up with a solution to conserve habitat, which has now had four years of proven success.

A GLOBAL FIRST

The B.C. trawl agreement is the first in the world to set up a quota system to limit habitat damage, especially to highly sensitive coral and sponges.

Experts in Europe, Asia and North America have hailed its innovative approach, it's been presented to the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and recognized by the scientific journal Marine Policy as the first of its kind.

Expect more of this model in future fisheries work, Wallace said. "There is increasing recognition on all sides that collaborative solutions, when possible, are better and tend to be more permanent."