::Centre for Marine Biodiversity::
Welcome to the Centre for Marine Biodiversity (CMB) web site! The CMB is a non-profit society and was established in the Fall of 2000 in order to enhance our scientific capacity in support of the protection of marine biodiversity, with a focus on the Northwest Alantic.
At this web site you will find general information concerning marine biodiversity, biographies of scientists and students working in the field of marine biodiversity, scientific reports of these projects as well as projects taken on by the Centre, reference lists, spectacular photos, databases, relevant links and much more. Although the CMB has an initial focus on the Northwest Atlantic, there is some information concerning both the Pacific and Arctic environments. Also see the photographs of these environments!
The CMB was formed in response to the 1992 Convention for Biological Diversity (CBD) and FAO's Code of Conduct for Responsible Fishing, which have established an international framework for broader conservation objectives for the management of ocean use activities. Consistent with these international legal instruments, the 1997 Oceans Act defines Canada's obligation to incorporate ecosystem considerations within an Oceans Management Strategy (OMS). In addition, the pending Species-At-Risk legislation (SARA) addresses a high profile component of these broader conservation objectives. Under the new legislation, Fisheries and Oceans Canada is to take the lead in developing the OMS, and will be responsible for protection of marine species under SARA.
There is a need to develop new partnerships to enhance our capacity for the provision of scientific advice in support of integrated management of ocean industries (e.g. oil and gas, marine transportation, aquaculture, eco-tourism and fisheries). Although there are many strengths, present research and advisory activities are scattered and uncoordinated, and the advisory process is of a "stovepipe" nature. There are critical gaps in research expertise that need to be addressed, as well as an expansion of oceans monitoring to include additional indicators of relevance to ecosystem objectives of integrated management. A better understanding of the resilience of marine ecosystems is required in order to assess anthropogenic impacts such as pollution, fishing practices, aquaculture and the introduction of alien species on biodiversity.
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