Protecting our coasts: Healthier coasts

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Creating a healthier marine ecosystem through research, and regulation.



Wrecked, abandoned or hazardous vessels

Abandoned boats and wrecks can pose a number of problems. They could block other boats from passing or boaters may not see them in time to avoid a crash. They may leak and pollute the water and harm people. If they are near public areas, they can pose safety issues.

Studying marine ecosystems in Canada's ports

The Coastal Environmental Baseline Program is part of the national Oceans Protection Plan, launched on November 7, 2016. The program will provide $50.8 million over 5 years to collect comprehensive data on the state of 6 marine ecosystems in Canada.

Oil tanker moritorium to protect British Columbia's north coast

On May 12, 2017, the Government of Canada introduced the Oil Tanker Moratorium Act (Bill C-48) in Parliament. If passed, this Act would provide an unprecedented level of coastal protection in northern British Columbia. The proposed moratorium supports the government's Oceans Protection Plan, a national strategy to protect Canada's coasts while growing the economy.

Help restore coastal marine habitats

The Coastal Restoration Fund is part of the national Oceans Protection Plan, launched on November 07, 2016. The fund will provide $75 million over 5 years to support projects that help to restore coastal aquatic habitats.

Studying the effects of marine shipping on Canada’s coasts

The Cumulative Effects of Marine Shipping initiative is working with Indigenous peoples, marine stakeholders and coastal communities to better understand coastal ecosystems and the possible effects that ships have on the environment.