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Press Release - 2012 Symposium


For Immediate Release

Suggested title: Quebec-Ocean takes stock of oceans’ health

On the occasion of the 10th anniversary of Québec-Océan, researchers will examine the major stresses affecting oceans. From 7 to 9 November 2012 in Montreal,  the Symposium "Reality check on oceans’ health" will allow the scientific community to share its latest research results, with 30 talks and 50 posters, with all those interested in the future of the oceans. Several leading scientists from Quebec, Canada, and other countries will be present. The roundtable "Science, Society and Ocean" will bring together scientists, the public, policy makers, stakeholders, and the media to discuss the conciliation operation - protection of the marine environment. The full program is available on the event’s website :

In 2012 alone, the seas bordering Quebec have broken several unenviable records: the historic melting of Arctic sea ice, some episodes of toxic algal blooms in the St. Lawrence River, the largest number of belugas found dead on our shores, etc. Anthropogenic pressure on marine resources is growing and seems to upset our marine ecosystems. Simultaneously, the acquisition of scientific knowledge in this area is threatened, both in research positions and the level of subsidies. Can we effectively regulate the exploitation of our marine resources without the necessary scientific knowledge?

The general public in and around Montreal is invited to attend the free oceanic event on Wednesday, November 8 at the Hotel Omni Mont-Royal. At 7:30 pm, comedian Boucar Diouf will present an oceanographic-humorous sketch. His show will be followed by a public lecture by Dr. Louis Fortier entitled "The Arctic Ocean: the big thaw." Doors open at 7 pm. Participants can then meet Mylène Paquette, a Montrealer who has a passion for marine ecosystems, and is preparing to meet the challenge of crossing the Atlantic Ocean rowing alone. Places are limited, so first come, first served.

This symposium is made possible by funding from the following organizations: FRQ-NT, ArcticNet, ROMOR, AADI, SBE, UQAR / ISMER, Université Laval, UQAC, GENIVAR, Desgagnés, Technicap, and AML Cruises.