Sustainable Oceans  

Sustainable Oceans is an annual student-run conference led by the Master of Marine Management students of the Marine Affairs Program at Dalhousie University. In its sixth year, this is the only student-led oceans conference in Atlantic Canada.

Every year the conference focuses on how the ocean is effected by human actions, and how human actions affect the ocean. Each year varies from this concept with different themes, keynote speakers, and academic presentations. This year the overall theme for the conference is Seeing Blue: Envisioning our Future Oceans.

Seeing Blue: Envisioning our Future Oceans

With this year's theme, we are challenging participants to think critically about the future health of our coastal and marine environments and communities. Everyone brings a different view on ocean issues and finding solutions to make our resources and communities sustainable. We invite you join us as we explore our three “Seas” of:

  •      Collaboration -    innovative approaches to collective participation
  •      Communication - effective ocean education and literacy towards a sustainable future
  •      Creativity -   pioneering programs that take a creative approach for a brighter oceans vision

This year's conference will take place on Friday, September 22, 2017 - 5:30pm to 9pm at the Potter Auditorium in the Kenneth C. Rowe Management Building, and Saturday, September 23, 2017 - 9am to 5pm at the Halifax Central Library.

To learn more about this year's conference please visit our website:


The organisers of the 2017 Sustainable Oceans Conference acknowledge that we are in Mi’kma’ki, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq People.