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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 ten percent of marine and coastal areas.

Marine Protected Areas

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

Marine protected area networks

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

Other effective area-based conservation measures

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

Cold-water coral and sponge reef conservation

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

Funding for projects

Helping participants conserve and protect species and ecosystems.

Mitigating the impacts of ocean noise

Addressing the impacts of human-produced underwater noise and other stressors on Canada's marine environment.

Marine spatial planning

Improving the planning and coordination of activities in Canada's marine and coastal areas.

State of Canada's Oceans

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

Get involved

What you can do to help protect our oceans.

Collaboration on ocean protection

Learn about collaboration between governments, Indigenous peoples and stakeholders on ocean conservation.

Changes to the Oceans Act

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

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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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