Feds announce $13.6M on World Oceans Day to help coastal habitats

Feds announce $13.6M on World Oceans Day to help coastal habitats
A group of Bigg's Orca's (Transients) spotted in the Salish Sea on May 5.

The federal government announced over $13.6 million in investments for Canada’s coasts, on World Oceans Day Saturday.

Fisheries and Oceans Canada says it will go towards an additional 24 Coastal Restoration Fund projects — aimed to help restore coastal aquatic habitats.

The funding is the third installment for the project.

The first and second saw 40 projects funded, that ranged from recovering wild salmon habitats effected by climate change, mitigating the impacts of infrastructure development on delicate coastal ecosystems, and stabilizing river banks.

“Our government has a responsibility to Canadians, the world, and future generations to steward our environment and our resources with care,” said Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard in a statement.

The projects are part of the $1.5 billion Oceans Protection Plan, launched in 2016.

Additional work in the OPP’s Coastal Environmental Baseline Program, to track the impacts of port-related activities and the health of ecosystems on the west coast, was also announced.

More than $5 million is being invested in in nine new data collection projects in the Port of Vancouver and Port of Prince Rupert.

The data will provide information on the impacts of shipping traffic and climate change.


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