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Using Area-based Management to Reduce Marine Shipping Risks in Canada


On August 30-31, 2022, the Ocean Frontier Institute and Clear Seas hosted a pioneering 2-day workshop exploring shipping risk mitigation research and practice in Canada.

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The hybrid event took place online and in-person at Dalhousie University in Halifax, NS, and invited participants to look at the strengths, risks, threats, and opportunities associated with marine shipping and explore solutions.

Recognized experts, researchers and academics, government officials, Indigenous communities, non-governmental organizations, industry leaders, and many more came together to compare and discuss current and emerging practices of area-based management approaches and tools to reduce the risks and impacts of marine shipping in Canada. The workshop was attended by 70 people in Halifax, with another 80 participants online from across Canada.

Workshop Resources

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Workshop Presentations

Keynote | Ken Paul, Wolastoqey Nation, New Brunswick

Waterway risk analysis as a basis for a framework for risk-based vessel traffic management | Floris Goerlandt, Assistant Professor & Canada Research Chair in Risk Management and Resource Optimization for Marine Industries, Department of Industrial Engineering, Dalhousie University

Vessel traffic management experiences in European waters | Jens-Uwe Schröder-Hinrichs, Vice-President Academic, IMO-World Maritime University

Canada’s experience with vessel traffic management in its marine regions | Antonella Ferro, Director, Marine Navigation in the Fleet and Maritime Services (FMS) branch, Canadian Coast Guard

Marine spatial planning in Canada | Silke Neve, Senior Director, Marine Spatial Planning, Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Area-based management approaches to address marine and atmospheric pollution and impacts from shipping: Practices, successes and failures | Sam Davin, Specialist, Marine Shipping and Conservation, WWF-Canada

Challenges in incorporating local knowledge in marine spatial planning decision-support tools | Claudio Aporta, Canadian Chair in Marine Environment Protection, IMO-World Maritime University

Understanding and mitigating underwater noise through routeing measures | David Barclay, Associate Professor, Department of Oceanography, Dalhousie University

Understanding vessel size and speed as a factor in preventing ship strikes of marine mammals | Sean Brillant, Senior Conservation Biologist, Marine Programs, Canadian Wildlife Federation

Comparing area-based management approaches on east and west coasts | Michel Charron, Acting Director, Whale Protection Policy, Transport Canada

Arctic Search and Rescue (SAR): Issues, challenges, and pathways to solutions | Peter Kikkert, Irving Shipbuilding Chair in Arctic Policy, Brian Mulroney Institute of Government, St. Francis Xavier University and Ronald Pelot, Department of Industrial Engineering, Dalhousie University

Community connectivity in Arctic SAR | Mark Stoddard, PhD Candidate, Department of Industrial Engineering, Dalhousie University

The impact of COVID-19 on Arctic shipping: An occupational health and safety perspective | Desai Shan, Community Health and Humanities, Faculty of Medicine, Memorial University

Context: Area-based management for shipping and Indigenous Peoples’ involvement on three coasts | Weishan Wang, Interdisciplinary PhD Candidate, Dalhousie University

Atlantic Region: Initiatives and collaborations to make marine navigation safer and more respectful of the environment and Indigenous rights in the St. Lawrence Region | Mélissa Whittom, Consultation Project Manager, Centre of Expertise in Consultation and Accommodation and Coralie Lessard Bolâtre, Conservation Project Manager, Planning and Marine Conservation, Institut de développement durable des Premières Nations du Québec et du Labrador | First Nations of Quebec and Labrador Sustainable Development Institute

Pacific Region: Voluntary Protection Zone for Shipping on the West Coast of Haida Gwaii | Chief Russ Jones, Contractor Marine Planning Program, Council of the Haida Nation, Louise Murgatroyd, Regional Program Manager, Proactive Vessel Management, Transport Canada and Robert Lewis-Manning, President, Chamber of Shipping

Arctic Region: Northern Low-Impact Shipping Corridors initiative and engagement with Inuit, First Nations, and Métis organizations and governments, industry and other Northern partners | Sue McLennan, Manager, Arctic Projects and Governance for the Canadian Coast Guard Arctic Region, Lindsey Raymond, Manager, Domestic Shipping Policy, Transport Canada and René Chénier, Manager, Geodetic Engineering, Earth Observation and Geomatics, Canadian Hydrographic Service

Arctic Region: Decolonization and Shipping in the Inuvialuit Settlement Region | Jody Illasiak, Shipping Lead, Inuvialuit Game Council and Leah Beveridge, Interdisciplinary PhD Candidate, Dalhousie University

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