Significant progress made in marine protection
VICTORIA, Oct. 28, 2017 — World Wildlife Fund Canada congratulates the government on making significant increases in the amount of the country’s marine territory protected. Marine protected areas (MPAs) where wildlife and ecosystems can recover from human impacts are vital to reverse biodiversity loss.
David Miller, president and CEO of WWF-Canada, says:
“We’re pleased that so much has been accomplished by the federal government to increase marine protection in Canada during the past two years. We’ve seen investment and collaboration, and we hope that this momentum continues to 2020. A robust network of MPAs in every ocean in Canada is the best way to safeguard the health of our oceans.”
Why marine protections are important
WWF’s new Living Planet Report Canada shows that populations of Atlantic marine fish – species such as cod, mackerel and tuna, as well as sharks, skates and rays – have declined by 38 per cent on average between 1970 and 2014.
Science shows that marine protected areas that are strongly protected – “no-take” for commercial fisheries and a ban on activities such as oil and gas exploitation – are the most effective at helping species recover.
WWF-Canada is working to:
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About World Wildlife Fund Canada
WWF-Canada creates solutions to the environmental challenges that matter most for Canadians. We work in places that are unique and ecologically important, so that nature, wildlife and people thrive together. Because we are all wildlife. For more information, visit wwf.ca.
For further information
Catharine Tunnacliffe, communications specialist firstname.lastname@example.org +1 647 624 5279