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for the past fourteen years are very important for success in obtaining government support and in helping achieve these mandates by pro- viding sound science and research upon which better informed deci- sions can be made. Universities such as SFU and UBC have already expressed keen in- terest in PODS and have indicated there is a strong possibility of im- portant partnerships and collabo- rations and helping to source fund- ing for the project. The Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre and the newly created Coastal Ocean Research Institute have also agreed to help us wherever they can. The opportunity for elemen- tary and secondary students to study side-by-side with university students in fields of marine science and biodiversity will be absolutely invaluable and is sure to act as a major attractant to families think- ing of coming to live on the coast. 10 Two of the greatest things we give our children are roots and wings. Hodding Carter