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About Canada's Oceans

This section includes information about Canada's oceans and Canadians' shared commitment to sustainable development and protection of our oceans to ensure healthy and productive aquatic ecosystems for the benefit of current and future generations.

Links to information about Canada's Marine Protected Areas, Martime Zones, Corals, and many other topics can be found here.

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Atlantic Region
Environment Canada
The Atlantic Ecosystem Initiative consists of 16 Atlantic Costal Action Program (ACAP) groups and 3 regional coalitions. Each of these organizations are independent and community-based. They work on a large variety of issues in the near shore and marine ecosystems. An example: http://www.coalition-sgsl.ca/index.php
Species at Risk
Parks Canada
Since May 2004, the beluga population of the St. Lawrence estuary has been considered threatened by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC).
Species at Risk
Parks Canada
The blue whale is the largest animal that has ever lived on Earth. Its size is certainly impressive, but this does not make it invincible. For several years now, the blue whale has been on Canada’s list of threatened species, and the Atlantic population is currently listed as endangered.
Oceans
Fisheries & Oceans Canada
Bowie Seamount (Sgaan Kinghlas) MPA website
Oceans
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
The six maritime zones, as outlined under the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea and stated in Canadian law in the Oceans Act, are: the internal waters, the territorial sea, the contiguous zone, the exclusive economic zone, the continental shelf and the high seas.
Great Lakes Management and Reporting Section
Environment Canada
The Canada-Ontario Agreement Respecting the Great Lakes Basin Ecosystem (COA) is the federal-provincial agreement that outlines how the governments of Canada and Ontario will cooperate and coordinate their efforts to restore, protect and conserve the Great Lakes basin ecosystem.
Great Lakes Management and Reporting Section
Environment Canada
The Canada-Ontario Agreement Respecting the Great Lakes Basin Ecosystem (COA) is the federal-provincial agreement that outlines how the governments of Canada and Ontario will cooperate and coordinate their efforts to restore, protect and conserve the Great Lakes basin ecosystem.
Great Lakes Management and Reporting Section
Environment Canada
The Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement (GLWQA) expresses the commitment of Canada and the United States to restore and maintain the chemical, physical and biological integrity of the Great Lakes basin ecosystem.
Great Lakes Management and Reporting Section
Environment Canada
The Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement (GLWQA) expresses the commitment of Canada and the United States to restore and maintain the chemical, physical and biological integrity of the Great Lakes basin ecosystem.
Great Lakes Management and Reporting Section
Environment Canada
The Canadian Federal Great Lakes Program provides opportunities for collaboration towards Canada's commitments under the Canada-U.S. Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement (GLWQA), which is the key mechanism for protecting water quality and the health of the aquatic ecosystem in the Great Lakes.
Oceans and Coastal Management Division, Oceans, Habitat and Species at Risk Branch
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Cold-water (deep-sea) corals have attracted significant scientific and conservation interest in recent years. About 25 to 30 coral species live in waters off Atlantic Canada, most of them in depths of 150 metres and greater. Several of these species are long-lived, grow to a large size (> 1 m) and can form dense concentrations, while at least one can form reefs. The large, habitat-forming species are generally found along the edge of the continental shelf and in deep channels between fishing banks...
Oceans and Coastal Management Division, Oceans, Habitat and Species at Risk Branch
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Welcome to the homepage of the Eastern Scotian Shelf Integrated Management (ESSIM) Initiative. This page has been designed to provide easy access to information on the ESSIM Initiative and to the activities of the ESSIM Planning Office...