The World Parks Congress recommended in 2002 that 20-30% of all ocean habitats be protected from fishing within “no take” zones. However, Canada has designated only 1.98% of its pacific waters to be Marine Protected Areas (MPA’s).
Of our 161 MPA’s, 95 are intended to be free from any kind of harvesting. Despite that, fishing occurs in all but one of them. This is due to having 11 classifications for MPA’s; an MPA will be regulated by a different government branch depending on its classification, while the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) regulates the closure of fishing areas.
Help Elizabeth simplify the Marine Protected Area process! Sign below or download this petition, have as many people as possible to sign it, and mail it – postage free – to either her Ottawa or Sidney offices. With as few as 25 signatures, Elizabeth can present your petition to the government in the House of Commons.
349 people have signed this petition. Add your voice to the growing number of Canadians speaking out about this issue.
Your petitioners request that the federal Minister of Fisheries and Oceans work with all relevant government branches to simplify multi-lateral communication and responsibilities on the subject of Marine Protected Areas.