Symposium: Recent advances in biology and management of Double-crested Cormorants.
Symposium: Behavior and Conservation.
Chair: Brian Palestis
Contributed Paper Session. Waterbird breeding and habitat use.
Chair: Lianne Koczur
Bill Montevecchi, Memorial University of NewfoundlandAbstract: Big Oil, Big Ocean, Big Questions.
Public transparency and environmental information are prerequisite for citizen awareness and understanding and for conservation considerations. Yet, in the world’s oceans, restricted, filtered and distorted information from multi-national hydro-carbon corporations and developmentally- conflicted regulatory regimes preclude adequate assessment of seabird mortality, platform pollution and disturbance. Lack of public environmental information creates Type II Error scenarios in which no information is interpreted as no problem, when in fact there is simply no information, or worse distorted information. In the northwestern Atlantic Ocean, the Newfoundland Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board prevents access to environmental information which the public and independent scientists should be entitled. Examples of these design failures and information distortion will be presented with recommendations for improved seabird monitoring, research and marine conservation.
The current version of the Scientific Program for the meeting can be found here: DraftProgram07122015