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Understanding the Effects of Marine Vessel Activity on Coastal Environments




Introduction

Through the Oceans Protection Plan, the Government of Canada is working to preserve coastal marine ecosystems that are vulnerable to increased marine shipping, while reducing the impact of day-to-day vessel traffic.

Through the Cumulative Effects of Marine Shipping initiative, the Government of Canada is working with Indigenous peoples, local stakeholders and coastal communities to better understand the effects of these activities on coastal environments. Together, we will determine key concerns and collaborate on the collection of environmental and shipping information from six pilot sites:

  • North Coast British Columbia
  • South Coast British Columbia
  • St. Lawrence River, Quebec
  • Bay of Fundy, New Brunswick
  • Placentia Bay, Newfoundland
  • Cambridge Bay, Nunavut

In the coming months, valued components will be chosen, management objectives will be established, and spatial / temporal boundaries will be determined within each pilot study area.

The Cumulative Effects of Marine Shipping Initiative is relying on engagement and collaboration to inform how we develop a national assessment framework. We are engaging with:

  • Indigenous peoples
  • Coastal communities
  • Port Authorities
  • Marine science organizations
  • Academia
  • Industry
  • Other government departments

Next Steps

To continue the discussion on framework development, Transport Canada staff are organizing technical workshops in the winter of 2018-19. We are planning regional workshops within the pilot study areas to choose valued components, management objectives and spatial / temporal boundaries; and, we are planning a national workshop to discuss the benefits and challenges of various cumulative effects assessment methodologies.

If you would like to participate in these workshops, please send us an email at TC.MarineAssessment-EvaluationMaritime.TC@tc.gc.ca by September 30, 2018.


Click here or read the Important Links on the top right corner to learn What we've heard so far.



Introduction

Through the Oceans Protection Plan, the Government of Canada is working to preserve coastal marine ecosystems that are vulnerable to increased marine shipping, while reducing the impact of day-to-day vessel traffic.

Through the Cumulative Effects of Marine Shipping initiative, the Government of Canada is working with Indigenous peoples, local stakeholders and coastal communities to better understand the effects of these activities on coastal environments. Together, we will determine key concerns and collaborate on the collection of environmental and shipping information from six pilot sites:

  • North Coast British Columbia
  • South Coast British Columbia
  • St. Lawrence River, Quebec
  • Bay of Fundy, New Brunswick
  • Placentia Bay, Newfoundland
  • Cambridge Bay, Nunavut

In the coming months, valued components will be chosen, management objectives will be established, and spatial / temporal boundaries will be determined within each pilot study area.

The Cumulative Effects of Marine Shipping Initiative is relying on engagement and collaboration to inform how we develop a national assessment framework. We are engaging with:

  • Indigenous peoples
  • Coastal communities
  • Port Authorities
  • Marine science organizations
  • Academia
  • Industry
  • Other government departments

Next Steps

To continue the discussion on framework development, Transport Canada staff are organizing technical workshops in the winter of 2018-19. We are planning regional workshops within the pilot study areas to choose valued components, management objectives and spatial / temporal boundaries; and, we are planning a national workshop to discuss the benefits and challenges of various cumulative effects assessment methodologies.

If you would like to participate in these workshops, please send us an email at TC.MarineAssessment-EvaluationMaritime.TC@tc.gc.ca by September 30, 2018.


Click here or read the Important Links on the top right corner to learn What we've heard so far.