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Three new potential marine conservation measures announced off the coast of Nova Scotia

| Fisheries and Oceans Canada | backgrounders

In support of the Government of Canada’s commitment to protect 10% of Canadian waters by 2020, Fisheries and Oceans Canada has identified the Eastern Shore Islands and Fundian Channel-Browns Bank as Areas of Interest (AOIs) for future designation as marine protected areas (MPAs) designation under the Oceans Act. Additionally, an area known as the Eastern Canyons has been proposed as a new conservation area under the Fisheries Act. These areas were selected from a larger MPA Network Design for the Maritimes Region, which will be released for public consultation in the coming months.

Government announces new initiatives to protect whales under the Oceans Protection Plan

| Fisheries and Oceans Canada | news releases

Vancouver, British Columbia - The Government of Canada is committed to protecting the iconic Southern Resident Killer Whale. As part of the Oceans Protection Plan, an historic $1.5-billion investment to make our coasts healthier, safer, and better protected, the government is taking action to protect marine mammals.

Understanding the marine environment to better protect whales - Oceans Protection Plan

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There is growing public and scientific concern over the potential impacts of increasing human activities, such as marine shipping, on the quality of the marine environment and its inhabitants. Under the Oceans Protection Plan, Fisheries and Oceans Canada will work with partners to better understand the impact of environmental stressors on marine mammals.

Whale detection and avoidance initiative - Oceans Protection Plan

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The Government of Canada continues to mitigate the impact of shipping and human activities on our marine environments and the marine mammals that inhabit our waters. Under the Oceans Protection Plan, the Government of Canada is investing in various strategies to protect whales.

Minister LeBlanc to make an important funding announcement

| Fisheries and Oceans Canada | media advisories

The Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, will make an important funding announcement to protect Southern Resident Killer Whales through the Oceans Protection Plan. Guests from the University of British Columbia, University of Victoria, Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, and the Vancouver Aquarium will also join Minister LeBlanc for this media event.

Fisheries and Oceans Canada Minister Dominic LeBlanc visits the Canadian Coast Guard vessel CCGS Vector to recognize the importance of the DFO Science At-Sea program and science collaboration

| Fisheries and Oceans Canada | news releases

Understanding our oceans better is a critical step toward protecting them more effectively and ensuring they are healthy and abundant for the future. That’s why Fisheries Minister Dominic LeBlanc today recognized the importance of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans’ (DFO) 2018 Science-At-Sea program and collaboration with science partners by visiting the Canadian Coast Guard science vessel CCGS Vector currently exploring areas near Bella Bella and Klemtu, British Columbia.

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