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September 13, 2017

Canadian science program to study areas of high vessel traffic

The Government of Canada announced that it is implementing a $50.8 million Coastal Environmental Baseline Program to help assess the impacts of human activities on the country's marine ecosystems.

In the coming years, scientists from Fisheries and Oceans Canada and community partners will collect comprehensive baseline data in six areas of the country where there is existing or potential increasing vessel traffic: Port of Vancouver, BC; Port of Prince Rupert, BC; Lower St. Lawrence Estuary, QC; Port of Saint John, NB; and Placentia Bay, NL.

The sixth area will be located in the Arctic. By studying the current state of these areas, the Government wants to better detect changes in the environment and improve its understanding of the effects of human activity on the marine environment over time.

The data collected from this program will be used when making decisions that could impact sensitive marine habitat and species.

Source: Fisheries and Oceans Canada