Learn about chemical contaminants in our oceans

The Canadian Society of Environmental Biologists is hosting a free online lecture as follows:

Title: Environmental pollution in British Columbia: A short history of chemical conquest
Speaker: Dr. Peter Ross
Date: Sunday, October 17, 2021
Time: 7:00 p.m. PT

This talk is open to CVN members and the public (see the registration link below).

Photo by Michael Snyder

Canada enjoys the longest coastline in the world, with 229,000 km spanning three oceans. This raises fundamental questions about how best to understand, let alone protect, marine biota from the complex blend of chemicals used, lost, or disposed of, in consumer or industry activities. With an estimated 500,000 chemicals on the market, this is a daunting challenge for scientists, regulators and resource managers.

Considering that 80% of ocean pollutants originate from land, the generation of data that helps us track contaminants back to their source will underpin solution initiatives. The Raincoast Conservation Foundation is now launching a new community-oriented water pollution program – Healthy Waters – that will track priority pollutants from land to sea. This will address a gap in regulatory and jurisdictional boundaries, and enable Indigenous Nations and communities to better manage pollutants within their area of interest and beyond.

Dr. Ross will provide a short history of pollution in British Columbia, and present examples of topical concerns including hydrocarbons, PCBs and microplastics, all under the mantra of healthy salmon, whales and people.

Dr. Peter S. Ross is a Senior Scientist at Raincoast Conservation Foundation in British Columbia, where he is launching a new initiative: the Healthy Waters Program.

He is an internationally recognized ocean pollution expert, having published over 160 scientific articles and book chapters on the fate and effects of a variety of pollutants of concern in the world’s oceans. He is a frequent advisor to conservation teams in different parts of the world, and has provided advice in support of chemical regulation, species at risk, ocean disposal and ocean health. He has long valued his partnerships with Indigenous communities working in support of safe traditional seafoods.

Dr. Ross is an Adjunct Professor at UBC Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences, and at the UVic School for Environmental Studies. He recently served as the Vice-President of Research at Ocean Wise, where he founded the Ocean Pollution Research Program, launched PollutionTracker and the Plastics Lab, a dedicated high resolution facility working with industry, government agencies and academia on microplastic pollution. Prior to that, he served for 16 years as a federal Research Scientist with Fisheries and Oceans Canada. His work with priority pollutants and microplastics has led to numerous invitations to advise industry, government, the G7, the European Union, and the OECD.

“Seating capacity” for this webinar is limited, and you will need to register in advance. You can check the computer requirements for attendees here.

Register here

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions for joining the webinar.

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