The Government of Canada has designated St. Anns Bank, located to the east of Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, as a marine protected area (MPA) under the Oceans Act. The designation is part of the Government of Canada’s commitment to developing a national network of MPAs and to reaching its domestic and international marine conservation targets.
On June 7, 2017, the Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, P.C., Q.C., M.P., Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, announced the operational guidance that will identify how “other measures” will contribute to Canada’s marine conservation targets. He also announced existing fisheries management measures in Canadian waters that provide refuge to fish, mammals and their habitat, contributing to Canada’s 2017 marine conservation targets.
The term “other effective area-based conservation measures” was created in 2010 at the 10th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). All parties, including Canada, agreed to an international conservation target known as Aichi Target 11 which states that 10 % of coastal and marine areas will be conserved by 2020 through systems of protected areas and other effective area-based conservation measures (“other measures”). Domestically, the Government of Canada has committed to increasing the protection of marine and coastal areas to 5% by 2017 and 10% by 2020.
The $325 million investment in the Atlantic Fisheries Fund will transform and drive innovation in the fish and seafood sector in Canada with a focus on developing the sector to better meet growing market demands for sustainably sourced, high quality fish and seafood products. The fund will position the sector for even greater future success by supporting market entry and growth, creating jobs for the middle class and supporting coastal communities that rely on the sector.
Fisheries and Oceans Canada designated Hecate Strait and Queen Charlotte Sound Glass Sponge Reefs as the newest Marine Protected Area (MPA), as part of the Government of Canada’s commitment to creating a national network of MPAs under the Oceans Act and reaching its domestic and international marine conservation targets.
The Plan is a shared product of the collaborative governance process. The Plan provides an ecosystem-based management framework that seeks to balance ecological, economic and social goals and objectives towards sustainable development. It is high-level and strategic, is not legally binding and serves as a foundation for marine planning initiatives on smaller scales or that are more operational in nature.
Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) has proposed St. Anns Bank, located to the east of Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, as a marine protected area (MPA) under the Oceans Act. The designation is part of the Government of Canada's commitment to developing a national network of MPAs and to reaching its domestic and international marine conservation targets.
The Canadian Coast Guard currently operates 21 helicopters in support of key programs and services across the country, including on Canada's coastline (the single longest in the world), on the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway, in the North, as well as on other inland waters.
The Sargasso Sea, located near Bermuda, is a unique, high-seas marine ecosystem. The ecologically and biologically significant area is unique because it is an area of open ocean bounded on all sides by the clockwise flow of major ocean currents.