Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

June 08, 2008 08:00 ET

Fisheries and Oceans Canada: Oceans Day

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 8, 2008) - Today Canada joins in the global celebration of World Oceans Day (http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/oceans/events-evenements/oceansday-journeedesoceans/index-eng.htm). This is a day for all Canadians to consider the importance of oceans to life on the planet.

Oceans help provide the food we eat and purify the water we drink. They generate most of the oxygen we breathe and help regulate our climate.

As a nation bordered by three oceans, Canada's coastal waters sustain our communities and offer tremendous opportunity for present and future generations of Canadians.

With a view to our future, World Oceans Day is also a time to raise awareness about the health of our oceans and acknowledge that we all play a role in protecting them.

Our government has committed $61.5 million for Canada's Health of the Ocean Initiative (http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/oceans/management-gestion/healthyoceans-santedesoceans/index-eng.htm), which makes the establishment of a National Network of Marine Protected Areas a priority. Our government is already taking action and has established two new Marine Protected Areas within our first two years of taking office.

Most recently we announced that British Columbia's Bowie Seamount-a unique undersea mountain and fragile ecosystem-has been designated Canada's newest Marine Protected Area (MPA). The Bowie Seamount MPA is a great example of how the fishing industry, environmental groups and different levels of governments, including First Nations, can all work together to protect our oceans.

We are also taking action on a number of other fronts (http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/oceans/management-gestion/healthyoceans-santedesoceans/initiatives-eng.htm). We are supporting additional pollution prevention measures, including strengthened surveillance and enforcement along our coasts. We have also invested heavily in scientific research that will support our national and international efforts to conserve and protect our oceans.

While Canada has celebrated Oceans Day for years, we believe it's so important that we are proud to support the call for the United Nations to formally designate June 8th as World Oceans Day, so that all countries join the celebration and work toward a common goal of protecting our oceans.

I encourage all Canadians to take advantage of World Oceans Day to learn how easy it is (http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/oceans/events-evenements/oceansday-journeedesoceans/list-liste-eng.htm) as individuals to make a positive difference for our oceans and for our environment.

The Honourable Loyola Hearn, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans

Contact Information

  • Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Ottawa
    Phil Jenkins
    Media Relations
    613-990-7537
    or
    Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Ottawa
    Office of the Minister
    Steve Outhouse
    Director of Communications
    613-992-3474