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World Oceans Day: Ottawa Announces $13M For Canada’s Coastal Habitats

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Marking the World Oceans Day, The federal government had announced total funding of $13 million new funding for Canada’s coastal ecosystems.

Jonathan Wilkinson

 

Minister of Fisheries, Oceans, and the Canadian Coast Guard, Jonathan Wilkinson says the money would support an additional 24 projects under Ottawa’s Coastal Restoration Fund to help restore habitats along Canada’s shorelines.

According to the ministry, the projects include mitigating the impacts of infrastructure development on coastal ecosystems and recovering wild salmon habitats affected by climate change.

The fund which has previously supported 40 projects across the country, this will be the third additional installment.

In order to assess the impacts of shipping traffic and climate change on the coast, Wilkinson also proclaimed a $5 million investment in nine new data collection projects in the ports of Vancouver and Prince Rupert, British Columbia.

Both are part of the federal government’s $1.5 billion Oceans Protection Plan launched in 2016.

Not just the ministry, to mark World Ocean Day dozens of people cleaned a beach in Vancouver looking for little pieces of plastic.

Adrian Midwood

Global non-profit organization, Plastic Oceans executive director, Adrian Midwood said that all the efforts, from government policies to beach cleanups, are helping.

Plastic Oceans addresses the issue plastic pollution and how it impacts our waters, sea life and humans and runs campaigns to reduce waste ending up in the ocean.

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