Less than 1% of Canada’s ocean territory is protected through meaningful long-term conservation measures. We're going to mobilize 12,000 Canadians to support the creation of 12 new marine protected areas by December, 2012.
The Big Wild is working with the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) to make this happen. That's 1,000 voices for every proposed new marine protected area. As soon as we reach 12,000 names, CPAWS will present our collective message to the Prime Minister.
How Do We Know Which 12 Habitats Need Immediate Protection?
Seven years ago, the federal government made a commitment to establish networks of marine protected areas in all of our oceans by 2012. While that promise won't be met in time, Canada can still make progress by creating 12 new marine protected areas this year. All of these sites are recognized for their importance in nurturing sea life based on science and research.
Here's the list of the 12 marine areas we want to see protected by the end of 2012:
Hecate Strait, British Columbia
Scott Islands, British Columbia
Southern Strait of Georgia, British Columbia
Big Eddy, British Columbia
Lancaster Sound, Nunavit
South Coast Fjords, Newfoundland
Laurentian Channel, Newfoundland
St Anns Bank, Nova Scotia
Bay of Fundy, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick