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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.

National Contaminants Advisory Group – Funded projects

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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.

Southern Resident Killer Whales

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The Government of Canada is committed to taking action to support the recovery of the Southern Resident Killer Whale (SRKW) off the coast of British Columbia. This includes reducing the impact of contaminants that threaten the recovery of resident killer whale populations, improving their access to an adequate and accessible food supply, and reducing the underwater noise levels within their habitat. The government is also strengthening science, including new research into cumulative effects to establish baselines to inform actions and reducing the impacts of underwater vessel noise.

Abandoned and Wrecked Vessel Removal Program

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The goal of the Abandoned and Wrecked Vessels Removal Program is to reduce the number of abandoned or wrecked vessels located in federally-owned small craft harbours. Contribution funding in the amount of $1.3 million over the next five years will be available to harbour authorities and other eligible recipients to undertake the removal and disposal of abandoned or wrecked vessels at small craft harbours owned by Fisheries and Oceans Canada.

Laurentian Channel Proposed Marine Protected Area

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Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) has proposed the Laurentian Channel, located off the southwest coast of Newfoundland and Labrador, 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 targets by increasing the proportion of Canada’s protected marine and coastal areas to 5% by 2017 and 10% by 2020.

Pacific Science Enterprise Centre Open House

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As part of the Government of Canada’s new investments in ocean and freshwater science, Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) is investing in the development of two Science Enterprise Centres (SECs): the Gulf Fisheries Centre in Moncton, NB and the Centre for Aquaculture and Environmental Research (CAER) in West Vancouver, BC.

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