Coral & Sponge Conservation Strategy for Eastern Canada 2015
Table of Contents
- Complete Text
- Executive Summary
- Purpose of the Strategy
- Why Protect Corals and Sponges?
- Geographic Scope
- International Context
- Canadian Context
- Status of Coral and Sponge Conservation in Eastern Canada
- Research on Corals and Sponges in Eastern Canada
- Targets and Actions
- Development and Implementation
- Appendix A: Biology of Corals and Sponges in Eastern Canada
- Appendix B: Challenges for Coral and Sponge Conservation
- Appendix C: Management Measures
- Appendix D: Ecological Risk Assessment Framework
- Appendix E: Relevant Publications
- Contact Information
Purpose of the Strategy
The goal of the Coral and Sponge Conservation Strategy for Eastern Canada is to facilitate the conservation and protection of cold water coral and sponge species, communities, and their habitats in the Atlantic (including the Gulf of St. Lawrence) and Arctic Oceans of eastern Canada. Protection of these benthic species which are integral components of a healthy ecosystem will be achieved through collaboration and integrated ocean management, providing sustainable economic and ecological value to all Canadians. The Strategy will undergo a formal review every five years.
The Strategy identifies conservation, management, and research objectives with the supporting targets and actions common to all five eastern DFO regions, while highlighting alignment with existing legislation and policy through a shared focus on ecosystem-based management. The Strategy will benefit both managers and clients in fostering transparency and accountability. It is important to note that the Strategy is not a management plan.
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