Further funding announced for marine conservation efforts

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The Honourable Bernadette Jordan, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, has announced a $976.8M investment through Budget 2021 to continue Canada’s marine conservation efforts to attain the goal of protecting 25 per cent of Canada’s oceans by 2025, and working toward 30 per cent by 2030. Canada exceeded its 20 per cent target for 2020 as now approximately 739,906 square kilometres (14 percent) of marine and coastal areas are protected.  With the announced was the release of a report entitled, “The Current – Managing Oceans Act MPAs Now for the Future” that will help inform future decisions and reporting on marine protection through the successes, challenges and lessons learned from Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) established to date.

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