On March 27, 2015 the Howe Sound Science and Knowledge Workshop brought together 60 expert knowledge holders from a diversity of backgrounds to identify and share observations, information, data and stories that relate to the aquatic biophysical features of Howe Sound. Jenn Burt, coordinator of the Workshop sent the published report to participants with this review. “Participants included knowledge holders from three local First Nations (Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh, and Musqueam Nations), the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, the Provincial Government, local consulting companies, academic institutions, and multiple non-governmental organizations and community groups. The workshop resulted in a broad overview of observations and available information relating to the ecosystem status, trends, and drivers of change in Howe Sound. This information was collected through roundtable discussions, and provides a starting place for understanding some of the critical biophysical features, habitats and interactions occurring in the Howe Sound aquatic environment (the workshop initiated a Howe Sound Marine Knowledge Inventory). Participants also discussed future initiatives for integrating knowledge and provided input on the desired outcomes, key elements, and structure required to advance these potential next steps. A key message from the day is that knowledge integration is valuable and should continue in Howe Sound. Stewardship of the area, including improved planning and resource management, will benefit from a collective effort to integrate different information sources, to monitor key species, habitats and physical characteristics, and to share information in a way that is accessible to both the public and decision-makers.
The report Howe Sound Science and Knowledge Workshop has just been published. The dialogue and information content of this workshop generated much energy and enthusiasm, and follow-up feedback and discussions have lead to the initial scoping of a “State of Howe Sound” initiative. This idea is still in the early stages of discussion, but we will be sure to keep you abreast of new developments and opportunities to get engaged as they arise.
If you’d like more information about how you, or your organization can contribute to future efforts to integrate Howe Sound science, data, stories and knowledge, please contact Stephen Foster (email@example.com).”