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Jeffrey Hutchings, advocate for independent fisheries science, dies at age 63 | Halifax City News

A Canadian ecologist and fisheries scientist who criticized political interference in scientific advice on declining fish populations — particularly the northern cod — has died at the age of 63.


"Colleagues at Dalhousie University's department of biology said Jeffrey Hutchings, a longtime professor at the Halifax school, died at his home during the [weekend of January 30th]. The cause of death was not released."


"In 1997, Hutchings and two co-authors wrote a bluntly worded paper for the Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences questioning whether government-administered science could be trusted to provide independent advice to decision makers. The paper's abstract noted how "non-science influences can interfere with the dissemination of scientific information and the conduct of sciences in the Canadian Department of Fisheries and Oceans."


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Canadian Press | Halifax City News | Feb.1, 2022


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This is a terrible loss for the protection of our oceans.


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