Canada’s Offshore Pacific Area of Interest

In May 2017, Canada identified a new Area of Interest off the coast of British Columbia, in the Pacific Ocean. The area is home to many ecologically and biologically significant features, species, and habitats. Safeguarding large ocean areas contributes to the protection of entire ecosystems and unique ocean features, interdependent habitats, and the connectivity between several distinct sites.

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Canada has identified a new large Area of Interest in the Pacific Ocean, off the coast of British Columbia.

The Area is home to many ecologically and biologically significant features, including several underwater seamounts and a series of hydrothermal vents.

These features support high biodiversity and complex ecosystems of unique marine species, such as cold-water corals and sponges.

The Government of Canada aims to protect and conserve this distinct landscape, intending to make it Canada’s largest Marine Protected Area to date.