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Saturday Night Keynote Speakers

The BC Marine Trails Network is proud to announce keynote speakers representing two fundamental views for the Salish Sea -- what's involved below the waterline and how we can conserve what's above. These two perspectives will be presented through the incredible life experiences of two outstanding individuals, scientist Dr. Richard Beamish and conservationist Ric Careless. 

The Saturday evening talks are open to the public and do not require a weekend pass to attend, and transportation back to Nanaimo will be available for those not camping on Newcastle Island. Ferry service will be available following the presentations. Be sure to be at the ferry dock at 8:40 p.m. to catch the last departure. Please note the ferry service has been extended for this event, so the official Newcastle Island schedule does not apply for this night.

About Dr. Richard Beamish:

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Dr. Richard Beamish, C.M., O.B.C, Ph.D., D.Sc., F.R.S.C. is an Emeritus Scientist at the Pacific Biological Station in Nanaimo, B.C. where he served as the Head of the Groundfish Section from 1977-1980 and Director from 1980-1993. He retired in 2011. Dr. Beamish has been honoured with a number of awards including the Order of Canada and the Order of British Columbia. He was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and became the first foreign scientist to be an honorary member of the fisheries centre, TINRO in Vladivostok, Russia. He was a member of the International Panel on Climate Change that received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. Recently, he received the first award given by the North Pacific Anadromous Fish Commission for significant contributions in scientific research on Pacific salmon, the Wooster award given by PICES for career achievements in fisheries and ocean science and the outstanding achievement award from the American Institute of Fisheries Research Biologists. In 2008, the Sea Fisheries Institute in Gdynia, Poland presented him with the Demel medal for outstanding scientific research. The Department of Fisheries and Oceans awarded him their Prix D’ Excellence and he received the Queens Golden and Diamond Jubilee medals. He also received an Honorary Doctor of Science degree from Vancouver Island University. In 2015, he became a Fellow of the American Fisheries Society and designated as a Legend in Canadian Fisheries Science by the Canadian Aquatic Resources Section of the American Fisheries Society. He received the American Fisheries Society Award of Excellence in 2017.

His research interests have included the discovery of acid rain in North America, new methods of ageing fish that included the discovery that many species of fish were much older than previously thought and discovery of a new lamprey species. He has authored or co-authored a number of papers on the effects of climate on fish populations and was one of the first scientists to write about climate regimes and regime shifts. He has published over 350 articles and recently was an editor and contributor to the book “The Sea Among Us- The Amazing Strait of Georgia”. The book has been nominated for five awards and won three, including a British Columbia “Book Prize”. In 2016 he co-edited a two volume book on the “Jawless Fishes of the World”. He is an Editor for the “Transactions of the American Fisheries Society” and a member of the editorial board of “Izvestiya TINRO”.

About Ric Careless:

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For 30 years, Ric has researched, negotiated, lobbied and campaigned – whatever it has taken to conserve the unparalleled landscapes of B.C. He has protected over 8 million acres of parks and wilderness areas and helped link an active network of conservationists across the province. In his twenties, after major involvement with the first successful citizens’ wilderness in B.C. his life’s work has been based on a comprehensive view of the land, talent for both consensus-building and tough negotiations, and an uncompromising belief that wilderness is crucial not only for wildlife, but for our own survival. 


University of Victoria - B.Sc. Geography Sierra Club of BC - Co-founder Environmental Land Use Committee Secretariat - Environmental Policy adviser Tatshenshini Wild & Tatshenshini International - Founder BC Spaces for Nature - Executive Director BC Wilderness Tourism Association - Executive Director World Wildlife Fund - Wildlife Coordinator for BC


Order of British Columbia Outstanding River Conservationist of the Year - American Rivers River Conservationist of the Year - Perception Inc. Environmentalist of the Year - Equinox Magazine University of Victoria - Distringuished Alumni Award


Spatsizi Plateau Wilderness Park Nitinat Triangle Tatshenshini-Alsek National Park Provincial Parks and Protected Areas: South Chilcoting Mountain Tatlayako - Homathco Protected Area Height of the Rockies Provincial Park Babine Mountain Provincial Park

Event Properties

Event Date 09-16-2017 6:00 pm
Event End Date 09-16-2017 8:00 pm
Registration Start Date 05-31-2017 8:00 am
Capacity 150
Available place 25
Cut off date 09-15-2017 6:00 pm
Newcastle Island Provincial Marine Park
52 Pirates Ln, Nanaimo, BC V9R 6R1, Canada
Newcastle Island Provincial Marine Park
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