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Toxics, Pollutants and Species

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Contaminants in the marine environment have been cited as threats to nine Pacific marine mammal species that are listed under the Species at Risk Act (SARA) in Canada. Specific pollutant threats vary among marine mammal species, reflecting their life history, habitat use, distribution and feeding ecology. A multi-stakeholder workshop entitled Ocean Pollution Solutions-Recovering BC’s marine mammals by tackling pollution was held in May 2015 at the Vancouver Aquarium to i) identify priority pollutants of concern in the case of each of the nine SARA-listed marine mammals; and ii) identify the general sources of these contaminants in British Columbia (by sector, site or process); so as to contribute to iii) the design of novel, effective, solution-oriented actions that could be implemented by private, government, academic and/or conservation sectors. For the purposes of designing ‘solutions’, we evaluated operational sectors, rather than a more chemocentric approach. The five operational sectors evaluated included urban, shipping and harbours, agro-forestry, industry and home & garden. The assembled group of experts and stakeholders designed solutions that would address I) the contaminant classes of concern, ii) the operational sectors from which they likely originate, and iii) the three marine mammal categories under threat. Five candidate ocean pollution solutions were ultimately designed by participants: Pharmaceutical and Personal Care Product Eco-certification, Solution to Pollution Curriculum for Schools, a Local Ocean Network, Blue Furniture, and Blue Fuelling. Further development and implementation of these solution proposals by stakeholders may be expected to reduce pollutant inputs in marine habitat, and contribute to the recovery of SARA-listed marine mammals.

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Toward Ocean Pollution Solutions for Marine Mammals at Risk in British Columbia, Canada

2016SSEC

Contaminants in the marine environment have been cited as threats to nine Pacific marine mammal species that are listed under the Species at Risk Act (SARA) in Canada. Specific pollutant threats vary among marine mammal species, reflecting their life history, habitat use, distribution and feeding ecology. A multi-stakeholder workshop entitled Ocean Pollution Solutions-Recovering BC’s marine mammals by tackling pollution was held in May 2015 at the Vancouver Aquarium to i) identify priority pollutants of concern in the case of each of the nine SARA-listed marine mammals; and ii) identify the general sources of these contaminants in British Columbia (by sector, site or process); so as to contribute to iii) the design of novel, effective, solution-oriented actions that could be implemented by private, government, academic and/or conservation sectors. For the purposes of designing ‘solutions’, we evaluated operational sectors, rather than a more chemocentric approach. The five operational sectors evaluated included urban, shipping and harbours, agro-forestry, industry and home & garden. The assembled group of experts and stakeholders designed solutions that would address I) the contaminant classes of concern, ii) the operational sectors from which they likely originate, and iii) the three marine mammal categories under threat. Five candidate ocean pollution solutions were ultimately designed by participants: Pharmaceutical and Personal Care Product Eco-certification, Solution to Pollution Curriculum for Schools, a Local Ocean Network, Blue Furniture, and Blue Fuelling. Further development and implementation of these solution proposals by stakeholders may be expected to reduce pollutant inputs in marine habitat, and contribute to the recovery of SARA-listed marine mammals.