Photo: Scott Islands - Sabine Jessen
The rich ocean waters surrounding the Scott Islands off the coast of British Columbia represent a portion of the 10% of our oceans that we aim to protect. CPAWS is calling on the government to protect diverse networks of marine areas by 2020. The Scott Islands are a vital ocean environment where millions of rare seabirds breed and nest every year, relying on bountiful seafood and nutrient upwelling to feed their chicks.
CPAWS is concerned that the federal government’s plans for this proposed National Wildlife Area are not enough. Currently, the government is failing to limit industrial activities such as commercial fishing or shipping. Furthermore, the proposed boundaries exclude a significant portion of the coast used by sea birds for foraging. Without changes to the government’s plans, the Scott Islands could become a “National Wildlife Area” in name only, with no real protection for the wildlife that rely on it for survival.
Here are some points you may wish to include in your letter:
Your letter will be sent to:
Environment Minister Peter Kent
Fisheries and Oceans Minister Keith Ashfield
MP for Scott Islands, John Duncan
Read our letter to Minister Kent