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Proposed Hecate Strait Marine Protected Area regulations too weak: CPAWS

  • Published on Jun 26 2015 |
  • This article is tagged as: oceans

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Vancouver, B.C. – 26th June 2015 – The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) welcomes progress on a new marine protected area for rare glass sponge reefs in northern B.C.’s Hecate Strait but has concerns that draft regulations posted this week will not do enough to save them.

Fisheries and Oceans Canada posted draft Hecate Strait MPA regulations to the Canada Gazette today. They allow for some fishing activities including bottom trawling to continue around the reefs, and other types of fishing to continue above them.  Fisheries and Oceans Canada is proposing to allow these activities to continue while they conduct monitoring and research. Cable laying within the MPA is also being allowed under the regulations.

“The permitted activities under the draft regulations present an unacceptable risk. The proposed MPA covers a small area and the sponge reefs are globally unique, very fragile and extremely important.  A huge proportion of the ocean will still remain open for fishing if this MPA is completely closed,” says Sabine Jessen, CPAWS’ oceans program director.

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