Canada invests in facilities, research and protection

The Canadian government is investing over CAD57m in science facilities, marine protection and Pacific salmon research on the Pacific Coast.

Together, the Center for Aquaculture & Environmental Research in West Vancouver, the Institute of Ocean Sciences in Sidney and the Pacific Biological Station in Nanaimo will receive up to CAD18m for various upgrades and repairs, including improvements to the existing wharves and related infrastructure.

Canada currently has eight MPAs under the Oceans Act and the designation of an additional eight areas is in various stages of completion. Economic Action Plan 2014 provided CAD37m over five years to for marine and coastal conservation under the National Conservation Plan. This funding will help establishing regulations for four new Marine Protected Areas, identifying three new candidate areas for analysis and stakeholder consultations, and developing and implementing management frameworks for Oceans Act Marine Protected Areas (MPAs).

“I am pleased to announce that under our Government’s National Conservation Plan, we are working to establish four new marine protected areas, identify three additional areas as candidates for protection and develop the management frameworks for existing marine protected areas,” said Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans.

“Marine protected areas contribute to the improved health, integrity and productivity of our marine ecosystems.”

Economic Action Plan 2015 provides CAD2m to the Pacific Salmon Foundation in support of the Salish Sea Marine Survival Project; employing the most up-to-date research techniques to investigate the factors affecting the survival of juvenile salmon and steelhead in the Salish Sea off the south coast of British Columbia.

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