The Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, announced the establishment of a National Advisory Panel on protection standards in marine protected areas. The Panel will gather information for the development of categories of standards for allowable and prohibited activities within protected areas in Canada’s oceans. The Panel will consider the best available science and Indigenous traditional knowledge, and continue to hold meetings across the country to be informed by perspectives from stakeholders and experts in the field before offering its recommendations to the Minister. The panel will be co-chaired by Mary Simon and Rémi Bujold. Panel members are David Anderson, Darcy Dobell, Tom Hayes, Marc Léger, and Chief Maureen Thomas, Tsleil-Waututh Nation. Our Chamber of Shipping President, Robert Lewis-Manning, appears before the new Panel tomorrow in Vancouver.