Re: Con­ser­va­tion

Canadian Wildlife - - DISPATCHES -

Fif­teen con­cerned sci­en­tists based around the coun­try have sent a let­ter calling for Ot­tawa to fur­ther pro­tect oceans from in­dus­trial ac­tiv­ity, sim­ply by fol­low­ing agree­ments it has al­ready signed. Al­though the gov­ern­ment pledged to pro­tect five per cent of Canada’s coast by 2017 and 10 per cent by 2020, less than one per cent is cur­rently pro­tected.

“In Canada we have a lot of very weak reg­u­la­tions so we tol­er­ate a lot of in­dus­trial ac­tiv­i­ties... mostly fish­ing and oil and gas ac­tiv­i­ties,” said Rodolphe Devillers, a ge­og­ra­phy pro­fes­sor at Memo­rial Univer­sity in New­found­land, a sig­na­tory.

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