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Collecting vital baseline data on the state of coastal ecosystems Oceans Protection Plan

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Canada’s coastal areas are vital to the livelihood of countless Indigenous and coastal communities. They are home to culturally and economically important fisheries, attract tourism and recreation, and allow the import and export of goods through responsible shipping. Under the Oceans Protection Plan, Fisheries and Oceans Canada is working with Indigenous and coastal communities, in addition to regional stakeholders, to develop and implement a Coastal Environmental Baseline Program.

Banc-des-Américains Marine Protected Area

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In March 2019, Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) designated the Banc-des-Américains as a marine protected area (MPA) under the Oceans Act.

New marine refuges in Howe Sound to protect glass sponge reefs

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On March 14, 2019, the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, announced the establishment of eight new marine refuges to protect nine newly discovered glass sponge reefs.

Understanding the Canadian Science Advisory Secretariat

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The Canadian Science Advisory Secretariat (CSAS) coordinates the production of peer-reviewed science advice for Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO). Science advice is prepared both nationally and through DFO’s regional offices.

Backgrounder: Protecting North Atlantic Right Whales

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Canada is taking all necessary actions to help protect North Atlantic right whales. With an additional year of scientific analysis, fishing and marine transportation activity and feedback we now have more information available to inform our decision-making for 2019.

The Government of Canada is demonstrating leadership on aquaculture management to ensure fish farming in Canada is done in the most sustainable and environmentally progressive way

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Area-Based Aquaculture Management Area-based management will enhance collaboration between federal, provincial and Indigenous partners through improved information sharing, collective planning and ongoing monitoring and management of aquaculture activities. Area-based management ensures that the planning, monitoring and ongoing management of aquaculture activities takes into consideration indigenous knowledge, and unique environmental, social and economic conditions.

Atlantic Science Enterprise Centre

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As part of the Government of Canada’s commitment to ocean science, Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) is investing in the development of two science enterprise centres – one in Moncton, New Brunswick, and one in Vancouver – to ensure we have the best available science to effectively protect and manage Canada’s aquatic resources.

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