What we learnt from the first Sea Shepherd-Canada trial is that the science community needs to be more open and inclusive.
In the past, our members have had to fight for the rights of other scientists, activists, and those who seek to protect our oceans and our waters.
Today, we can expect the same for the oceanic science community.
The sea is home to so many species and habitats, and it is the only place where we are all truly in agreement.
Sea Shepherd has already shown that we are committed to supporting marine scientists, especially when it comes to the sea.
The challenges ahead are more daunting.
We have to start with educating our members and supporters.
As a new organization, we must first address our own challenges.
The Sea Shepherd campaign has provided valuable feedback to our members.
We can expect to hear more from our members as we work to better understand how the science of oceanography is being used in the media, how it is being represented, and how the sea will be protected in the future.
This is just the beginning.
As we begin to work with other marine science community organizations, we will continue to build a strong network of support, and as the public’s understanding of ocean science grows, so will our ability to engage with and influence those who will have the responsibility to protect the oceans.
What we need to learn from the SSC trial is a willingness to listen and learn.
We will always be listening.
You can learn more about the S.S.C. trial, and learn more by clicking here.
This article originally appeared on the National Post.