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May 14, 2018

MPA Networks offer a better way to protect whole ecosystems

According to Fisheries and Oceans Canada, a Marine Protected Area (MPA) is, “part of the ocean that is legally protected and managed to achieve long-term conservation of nature.”

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May 14, 2018

Oil and gas exploration in protected areas

The Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board (CNLOPB) recently announced that it would open up new areas for allow oil and gas exploration in the Northeast Newfoundland Slope. Last December, the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans designated this area a marine refuge to protected vulnerable corals, sponges and sea pens. The area is also home to bottlenose whales – a federally-listed endangered species.

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April 9, 2018

Public consultation on protecting our oceans

On April 6, 2018, Fisheries and Oceans Canada announced the formation of a National Advisory Panel to make recommendations on Canada’s Marine Protected Areas (MPAs).

MPAs are legally protected and managed areas of the ocean that are set aside for long-term conservation. Despite this simple definition, marine protection can take several different forms, all of which have benefits and drawbacks. Creating standards for marine protection is a primary goal of the National Advisory Panel. Continue reading

February 20, 2018

Networks – planning for marine protected area success

According to Fisheries and Oceans Canada, a Marine Protected Area (MPA) is, “part of the ocean that is legally protected and managed to achieve long-term conservation of nature.”

MPAs may be created to preserve the health of the marine environment, support coastal communities or protect important Canadian cultural sites. While all MPAs share a similar purpose, each MPA is regulated on an individual basis according to the resources, industries and ecosystem considerations in that specific MPA. Continue reading

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