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From the potential legislative changes described in the discussion paper, which ones would you consider to be priorities and why?

11 months ago

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  • Ivan Lantz 9 months ago
    From your perspective:If the government were to regulate shipping and navigation to mitigate broader environmental risks, what would you consider to be the top priorities for regulation and why?What are the potential impacts and implications if the government puts in place regulations to better protect marine ecosystems?What non-regulatory approaches could be taken to better protect marine ecosystems?Comment:The science of ship movement impact on the ecosystem is still new and there are research projects underway to learn more about the impact of a ship moving through the water. This is important in areas where marine traffic is increasing or likely to increase. This research will guide the development of regulation to provide better guidance to navigation to protect ecologically sensitive marine areas. Quite a lot is known about erosion but the impact on marine life is less well known. Routing systems have proven the best way to funnel traffic. This tool already exists. Speed restrictions are believed to work but each ship is different so the regulations have to be safety and performance based. It would be appropriate to include in the Canada Shipping Act and authority for the Minister to make regulations and/or issue orders to shipping to take measures to protect an identified ecosystem problem and be able to amend or rescind the order if and when the problem goes away or is otherwise remedied. The implications of restricting navigation are many but must be made with a large view of all that is implied including other nearby restrictions to navigation that may ultimately render navigation impossible. There will be economic implications in almost every case of restriction but it is parliaments purview to determine which is best in the public interest.Voluntary guidelines are working very well at the moment and are much faster than any legislative action. Mariners respond well to being educated about the problem which must be included to expect stakeholder cooperation. For longer term protection "areas to be avoided" works well but must frequently be refreshed so that new mariners can cooperate. No matter what tool is used to respond to ecological events, the information must be pushed to the mariner on a frequent basis. publications in official websites and government documents and left to rot do not work. You cannot publish it in Annual Notices to Mariners or on your website and think the job of protecting the ecology is done. It doesn't work. if it is an ecological problem 0- then it is dynamic and must be revisited and revised to meet the changes and no two situations will be the same.