The federal government has made a commitment to establish a network of marine protected areas in Canada but so far, progress has been painfully slow. The government needs to speed up progress on marine protection if we are going to meet our international commitment to protect 10% of our coastal and marine resources by 2020. That’s the next crucial step we need to take on the way to protecting enough of our oceans to conserve their amazing biodiversity for our children and theirs to come.
So far, over 16,000 people have signed the pledge to support advancing marine conservation in Canada. Add your voice to help us reach our goal of establishing 12 new marine protected areas and networks of marine protected areas in all of our oceans!
What's an MPA?
A marine protected area (MPA) is a clearly defined area of coast or ocean that is legally protected for the long-term conservation of species and habitats. The level of protection can vary across MPAs by dividing the MPA into management 'zones', which can range from fully protected (no fishing or industrial uses), to areas where some sustainable uses are permitted.
As all life in the oceans is interconnected, MPAs allow for the protection of many different species and habitats that are necessary to keep our ocean ecosystems healthy. A network of MPAs will protect the web of life in all three of Canada's oceans, from deepwater corals and sponge reefs, to the great ocean going whales, to cliff top bird colonies, and schools of fish, from the Arctic to the Pacific to the Atlantic.
If you've already signed on to protect our oceans, write a letter now to tell governments you want our oceans protected!
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