MNBC Ministry attends Ocean Protection Plan Meeting with Transport Canada

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This past week, Director of Natural Resources Christopher Gall and Consultation Coordinator Leona Shaw attended Ocean Protection Plan meetings hosted by Transport Canada in Nanaimo BC. We met with staff from Transport Canada, Department of Fisheries and Oceans, and the Coast Guard.Canada's coasts support Indigenous and coastal communities, enable international trade, are home to precious ecosystems. The Government of Canada’s stated goal under the Oceans Protection Plan, is making sure our coasts are protected in both straightforward and transformational ways. 

Under the Oceans Protection Plan, the Government of Canada is launching pilot projects for the Enhanced Maritime Situational Awareness initiative on British Columbia's North Coast and investing in measures to reduce the underwater noise impacting Southern Resident Killer Whales.

In addition, Budget 2018 announced more than $167 million to help the Government of Canada better understand risks to whales, including the endangered Southern Resident Killer Whale. This budget funding will allow the Government of Canada to take the next steps needed to research and take action to address the impacts of human activities on Canada's endangered whales. Working together with industry stakeholders, Indigenous groups, environmental stakeholders, academia, the scientific community and international partners, we will identify, test, and implement regulatory and other measures to reduce underwater noise from vessels. MNBC is keenly involved on behalf of Métis people.

For more information contact Leona Shaw at lshaw@mnbc.ca