Friday, 24 November 2017 14:54

Cumulative impacts of shipping to be assessed

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The Government of Canada has announced that $9.3 million will be dedicated over five years for the Cumulative Effects of Marine Shipping initiative under the Oceans Protection Plan. Through the Cumulative Effects of Marine Shipping initiative, the Government of Canada will work with Indigenous peoples, local stakeholders and coastal communities to better understand Canada’s coastal ecosystems. A new framework will be developed to assess potential cumulative effects of marine shipping on the environment, which will be applied in six pilot areas where marine traffic is significant: Northern and Southern British Columbia, the St. Lawrence River, Quebec, the Bay of Fundy, New Brunswick, the south coast of Newfoundland, and the eastern arctic, Nunavut. This information will allow Canada’s marine safety system to be better equipped to support the marine shipping industry and protect the marine environment and coastal communities.

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