Monday, 18 July 2011

Join international scientists in protecting Canada’s oceans!

Please add your name to an open letter by leading marine scientists calling for Canada to strictly protect 30% of its oceans in “no-take reserves”. The letter supports a recent report commissioned by the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS). In this report, 14 leading scientists aim to “raise the bar” for MPAs in Canada by clearly documenting how world-leading MPA standards should be applied in the Canadian context.
You can help by signing onto to our letter to the Government of Canada: http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/2463/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=6837

The report is the first, independent, science-based set of guidelines for the selection, design and implementation of Canada’s MPAs.

To achieve the full benefits of MPAs in conserving biodiversity and supporting sustainable fisheries, the scientists say certain requirements must be met, including:

• “No-take” reserves spanning no less than 30% of each bioregion in Canadian waters to protect critical marine wildlife habitat.

• Exclusion of industrial activities, including exploration and extraction of non-renewable resources, dredging, dumping, and destructive fishing practices, particularly bottom trawling.

• Integration of MPAs into effective networks and more broadly into comprehensive oceans management systems.

• Respecting the rights and interests of Aboriginal peoples.

View the summary of the report, information about the authors and the full edition of Science-based Guidelines for MPAs and MPA Networks in Canada at http://cpaws.org/news/mpa-guidelines

For further information please contact: Sabine Jessen, sabine@cpawsbc.org