In late October 2018, the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans launched a brief study for Motion 154: Situation of Endangered Whales.
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Marine protected areas (MPAs) are tools to reduce and relieve stress imposed on marine life by human activities, known by scientists as “stressors”.
In the 1970s, Canada introduced a moratorium on offshore oil and gas activity to protect marine ecosystems on the Pacific coast, and in 2016 a similar moratorium was introduced to protect Arctic waters.
Written by a collaboration of Canada’s leading ocean scientists, Indigenous leaders, environmental groups, artists and communicators, Beyond 2020: Open Letter on Ocean Priorities for the Canadian Government outlines 5 areas of focus and actions they hope to see taken to reach their vision.
In Canada, nearly 90 per cent of plastics end up incinerated, or in our landfills, lakes, parks and oceans. Once in the environment, they contaminate ecosystems, kill wildlife, and leach toxic chemicals. It’s time for Canada to deal with its plastic production, waste, and pollution problem. It’s time for government action.
Human activities like fishing, shipping and oil exploration increasingly put pressure on our oceans and marine life.
This infographic explains why Canada's marine protected areas (MPAs) need updated and stronger legal protections.
For thousands of years, the Indigenous peoples of the place now known as British Columbia have protected and managed the lands and waters of their territories.
As part of a broader suite of environmental law reforms, (including the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, National Energy Board Act, and Navigation Protection Act) the Fisheries Act has been under review since 2016.