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December 21, 2017

New Fisheries Closures Mark Progress in Canada’s Ocean Protection Agenda

Today, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans announced seven new fisheries closures stretching from the Newfoundland Shelf all the way to the Eastern Arctic and totaling 145,598 km squared. All bottom fishing activity, including traps, longlines, gillnets and bottom trawls will be prohibited. These measures protect just over 2.5% of Canada’s ocean habitat and bring us closer to reaching our international commitment of 10% by 2020.

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December 20, 2017

BC’s Glass Sponge Reefs added to Canada’s Tentative List for World Heritage Sites

The holidays are looking brighter this year with the announcement that British Columbia’s Hecate Strait and Queen Charlotte Sound glass sponge reefs are being added to Canada’s tentative list for World Heritage Sites.

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December 14, 2017

Making waves in ocean conservation

Protecting oceans and the amazing creatures that live in them, while trying to feed people and provide livelihoods from the ocean, is complex. In the midst of global overfishing and marine species declines, our work to support sustainable fisheries has helped turn one of the most criticized fisheries into one of the most innovative. Using precedent-setting innovations and regulations, the B.C. groundfish bottom trawl fishery has greatly reduced its habitat impact over the last 20 years.

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November 21, 2017

International Commission Fails on Conservation Measures for both Tuna and Sharks with Only Minor Steps Forward

Risky management decisions, a failure to follow science advice and a lack of negotiating transparency overshadowed this week’s work at the international body that manages the valuable bluefin tuna and other tuna-like species in the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea. The International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) concluded today with an agreement between member governments, including Canada, on a quota which would lead to a decline in the western population of bluefin tuna.

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October 28, 2017

Government takes important step in protecting Canada’s Oceans and Seamounts

The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) today recognized the significant work on ocean conservation by the Government of Canada and welcomed the announcement of a new fishing closure as the critical first step to protect a large area of seamounts off the west coast of Vancouver Island.

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October 5, 2017

CPAWS applauds government commitment to establishing minimum standards for marine protected areas

The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) applauds the government for recognizing the need for minimum protection standards for Canada’s marine protected areas (MPAs) and for announcing the establishment of a new advisory panel to the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard on the development of these standards.

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