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Protecting oceans

Marine conservation targets, bioregions and protected areas, network planning, oceans management.

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Meeting our marine conservation targets

Canada has surpassed its marine conservation target of protecting 10% of marine and coastal areas.

Planning and managing marine spaces

Learn about marine spatial planning, mapping tools and how to reduce our impact on the ocean.

Marine Protected Areas

Areas established under the Oceans Act for the conservation of marine species, habitats and ecosystems.

Funding for projects

Apply for funding and discover how we help participants conserve and protect species and ecosystems.

Marine protected area networks

Canada is working to expand its network of marine protected areas.

Get involved in ocean protection

Learn how you can help protect the ocean and why the ocean is important to Earth's ecosystem.

Other effective area-based conservation measures

Area-based measures, such as marine refuges, that contribute to the conservation of species, habitats and ecosystems.

Collaboration on ocean protection

Learn about collaboration on ocean conservation with governments, Indigenous partners and stakeholders.

Cold-water coral and sponge reef conservation

Canada's approach to conserving cold-water corals and sponges.

Changes to the Oceans Act

Bill C-55, entitled An Act to amend the Oceans Act and the Canada Petroleum Resources Act, received Royal Assent on May 27, 2019.

State of Canada's Oceans

Public reports and technical information on current science findings about the state of Canada's ocean ecosystems.

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Conserving our oceans

Conserving our oceans

Let’s work together toward conserving 25% of Canada’s oceans by 2025 and 30% by 2030.

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).

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