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    New protected ocean areas aimed at conserving coral, sea bottom dwellers

    The Disko Fan and the Funk Island Deep. Most Canadians might be excused for thinking they could be the names of pop-rock bands. They are, in fact, the monikers of two of Canada’s newest marine refuges where the federal government hopes to protect sensitive ocean habitats in the Eastern Arctic. Fisheries Minister Dominic LeBlanc announced… Read more >
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    Nations agree to ban fishing in Arctic Ocean for at least 16 years

    Nine nations and the European Union have reached a deal to place the central Arctic Ocean (CAO) off-limits to commercial fishers for at least the next 16 years. The pact, announced yesterday, will give scientists time to understand the region’s marine ecology—and the potential impacts of climate change—before fishing becomes widespread. “There is no other… Read more >
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    Inuit will write marine management plan for eastern end of Northwest Passage

    The Inuit of Labrador and the federal government have signed a deal that will see the Inuit use their traditional knowledge to develop a marine-management plan covering more than 380,000 square kilometres of coastal waters on the far eastern end of the Northwest Passage. The plan, which is expected to govern shipping, resource extraction, water… Read more >
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    Arctic waters get long-sought protection

    The federal government has reached an agreement with local Inuit that will lead to the protection and management of a massive swath of northern sea in one of the most ecologically sensitive regions of the Canadian Arctic. The new proposed boundaries of a national marine conservation area in Lancaster Sound, which has sometimes been called… Read more >