Today, on the margins of the G7 ministerial meeting on the theme of Working Together on Climate Change, Oceans and Clean Energy, the Government of Canada demonstrated its commitment to take strong leadership against the current threats to our oceans and fisheries by taking action in the following areas:
Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) selected the Banc-des-Américains as an Area of Interest for Marine Protected Area (MPA) designation in 2011. The future designation of this MPA is part of the Government of Canada’s commitment to developing a national network of MPAs and to reaching its international target of conserving 10% of Canada’s marine and coastal areas by 2020.
The Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) – Gulf Region has entered into a Restorative Justice Protocol (RJP) for fisheries-related offences with the Mi’kmaq Confederacy of Prince Edward Island (MCPEI), Lennox Island First Nation, Abegweit First Nation and the Public Prosecution Services of Canada (PPSC). The agreement was signed on Month Date, 2018.
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.
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.
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.
The National Contaminants Advisory Group works with external researchers from universities and other research organizations to better understand the biological effects of contaminants on our aquatic species.