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New marine protected area in Newfoundland will be open to oil and gas exploration and development

The federal government has just rolled out a marine protected area off the coast of Newfoundland that will be open to oil and gas exploration and development.

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Help stop oil and gas development in a new marine protected area proposed off Newfoundland
Help stop oil and gas development in a new marine protected area proposed off Newfoundland
Please take a moment to help by sending a letter to the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans expressing your concern about this proposal. Letters will also be copied to the Minister of Natural Resources Canada and the Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador.
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The Laurentian Channel Marine Protected Area provides an important migratory corridor for whales entering and leaving the Gulf of St. Lawrence.  Concentrations of cold water corals and sea pens, and many species of fish also rely on this area.

 

The threat

With only 1.5 per cent of our ocean estate with even minimal protection, it makes no sense for our marine protected areas to be subjected to industrial activities like these.

What CPAWS is doing

The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society is deeply concerned about this. It makes a mockery of our conservation efforts in this country and sets a terrible precedent for future marine protected areas in Canada.

Resources

The proposed federal regulations for the Laurentian Channel Marine Protected Area are posted here.

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