Ocean Conservation Measures
The Government of Canada, along with the provinces and territories, is working to protect or conserve Canada's marine ecosystems through the development of marine protected areas along with other conservation measures.Underpinning an economically prosperous maritime sector is the ability of ecosystems to remain healthy, productive, and sustainable. Under the Oceans Act, DFO is Canada’s key steward for the conservation of aquatic ecosystems, Canada’s oceans, and maritime resources.
Oceans Act Marine Protected Areas
Marine protected areas (MPA) are one among the many integrated ocean management tools that contribute to the improved health, integrity and productivity of our marine ecosystems. As part of Canada’s network of marine protected areas, these areas are established following a systematic and collaborative approach.
Other DFO conservation measures
Other measures that have a net conservation benefit are also put into place. Examples of DFO stewardship activities include work to prevent and mitigate the introduction of aquatic invasive species, fisheries closures to protect valuable ecosystems, supporting the recovery of species at risk, and strengthening Canada’s response to ship-source marine pollution. Detailed reports of Other DFO Conservation Measures can be found in the Outreach and Reports Section of this website.
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