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Call for independent science advocate at Fisheries Canada

Independent Science at Fisheries Canada

Gideon Mordecai as the Evidence Advocate of April. Gideon is a Research Associate at the University of British Columbia’s Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries who studies the ecology of viruses. But his work to protect fisheries science extends far beyond the lab. For years, Gideon has highlighted the critical need to ensure that science has a voice at the decision-making table. We interviewed Gideon last summer on his recent study which reviewed how government science advice continues to be influenced by non-science interests at Fisheries and Oceans Canada.

“Canada has a legal duty to protect and conserve fish for Canadians, which is not being met. Failing to use the best science can be catastrophic.”— Gideon Mordecai

Voices like Gideon’s are essential in the fight for scientific integrity. That’s why, at E4D, we’re committed to supporting researchers looking to translate their research into policy action. Our vision is to foster more grassroots advocacy within the research community and grow a generation of Evidence Advocates who can play a pivotal role in moving the needle on science policy issues in government.

Advocacy is a powerful force for change. Imagine a space where seasoned advocates and budding grassroots movements converge to exchange ideas, resources, and grow support for science issues. This summer, we’re excited to launch a brand new Advocacy Hub for scientists and researchers from all disciplines. Our Advocacy Hub will be a one-stop-shop for Canadians, offering resources, opportunities, and tools to champion important issues within our democracy.

12 years after E4D’s inception, we’ve become a national organization of seasoned advocates leading the movement to stand up for evidence-informed decision-making in Canada. But it didn’t start out that way. We began as a small group of scientists who were frustrated with the government’s disregard for science and bravely fought for change. Today, we continue to hear the frustrations of many in our community who want to see policy changes that better protect the health of people and the environment.

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