On this World Oceans Day, Joyce Murray, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, announced investments aimed at protecting Canada’s oceans and the marine species and habitats within them. Minister Murray announced successful funding recipients for the Oceans Management Contribution Program as well as a Call for Proposals for the Canada Nature Fund for Aquatic Species at Risk (CNFASAR).
The Oceans Management Contribution Program provides $145 million over 5 years to advance outreach, monitoring and stewardship, and capacity building initiatives across the country that help conserve and protect marine areas. The Program’s second national Call for Proposals closed in December 2022 and identified $11.01 million in funding for 10 projects over the next three years.
These projects will help Canada achieve its ambitious targets of conserving 25% of our oceans by 2025 and 30% by 2030.
To help protect aquatic species at risk, CNFASAR focuses on multispecies projects in priority areas across the country and also targets key marine threats. Marine projects previously funded include work that assesses the effects of underwater noise from vessels on ringed seals and bowhead whales, as well as work that aims to reduce entanglements and ship strikes to marine species at risk.
Budget 2023 announced renewed funding up to $40 million over three years for CNFASAR that will allow additional projects to be funded.
Fisheries and Oceans Canada will soon be accepting proposals for projects that support the conservation of biodiversity across Canada through collaboration and partnership to recover aquatic species at risk, including for projects that work to protect at-risk marine species from fishing interactions and physical and acoustic disturbances.
By working in collaboration with key partners, Indigenous Peoples, stakeholders and academia, these initiatives will further Canada’s efforts to conserve our marine spaces and protect the species and habitats within them.
(photo of Canada’s Pacific Coast)