Canada Funds Spill Response and Ocean Noise Initiatives
By MarEx 2018-03-13 17:45:43
Canada's Minister of Transport Marc Garneau has announced a range of coastal protection measures under the nation's Oceans Protection Plan.
Among them, Aqua-Guard Spill Response from British Columbia has been awarded a $1.2 million contract for new multi-cassette portable skimmer packages to recover marine pollution spills.
Over $167 million has been assigned to whale research, including the survival risks faced by the endangered Southern Resident Killer Whale. The ultimate aim is to implement regulatory and other measures to reduce underwater noise from vessels.
As part of the Enhanced Maritime Situational Awareness initiative, the Haida Nation and the Gitga’at Nation will host pilot projects to develop a new marine awareness information system that will include near real-time data on ship traffic. The project is expected to be completed in fall of 2019. They are the first of up to nine communities that will host pilot versions of the new system across the three coasts.
The $1.5 billion Oceans Protection Plan is the largest investment ever made to protect Canada’s coasts and waterways, and the Government has already announced initiatives worth more than $500 million under the Plan. This includes $12.6 million over three years to the Nunavut Fisheries and Marine Training Consortium to deliver a Marine Training Program in the North. Also, in Februa....