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Cold-water corals and sponge reefs

Coordinating the Government of Canada’s approach to cold-water coral and sponge conservation.

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Centre of Expertise supports Canadian coral and sponge conservation efforts and raises awareness.

New sponge discovered

About Cladorhiza kenchingtonae, a new species of carnivorous sponge.

Corals and sponges of the Maritimes

Ecological importance of corals and sponges of Atlantic Canada and related fisheries closures.

Coral and sponge conservation measures in the Maritimes

Maps and data on five conservation areas and one protected area in the waters of Atlantic Canada.

Coral and sponge research in the Maritimes

Timing and goals of coral and sponge surveys, ongoing research and advice for researchers.

Strait of Georgia and Howe Sound Glass Sponge Reef Conservation Initiative

Pacific fishing closures to protect 17 glass sponge reefs in the Strait of Georgia and Howe Sound.

Cold-water Coral and Sponge Conservation Strategy

Pacific Cold-water Coral and Sponge Conservation Strategy, BC initiatives and related efforts.

Coral and sponge conservation measures in the Estuary and Gulf of St. Lawrence Bioregion

Maps and data on 11 coral and sponge conservation areas in the Estuary and Gulf of St. Lawrence bioregion.

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Email and postal addresses for National Centre of Expertise – Cold-water Corals and Sponge Reefs.

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Conserving our oceans

Conserving our oceans

To date, Canada has conserved nearly 14 % of its oceans.

United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030)

Canada supports the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (Ocean Decade).

Blue Economy strategy

Conservation measures

A blue economy requires a strategy to create jobs in coastal communities while ensuring our oceans remain healthy.

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