Coastal Environmental Baseline Program
The Coastal Environmental Baseline Program is part of the national Oceans Protection Plan, launched on November 7, 2016. The program will provide $50.8 million over 5 years to collect comprehensive data on the state of 6 marine ecosystems in Canada.
The program will study areas in the country that are deemed to have existing or potential high vessel traffic. These areas are:
- Port of Vancouver, British Columbia
- Port of Prince Rupert, British Columbia
- Lower St. Lawrence Estuary, Quebec
- Port of Saint John, New Brunswick
- Placentia Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador
- an Arctic location
Fisheries and Oceans Canada scientists will be working closely with Indigenous and coastal communities in these areas to:
- develop and implement the program
- determine what data will be collected
By gathering comprehensive baseline data, we can better detect changes in the environment over time.
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