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OCEAN WILDLIFE NEEDS A CONNECTED NETWORK OF MPAs
Healthy oceans depend on a network of marine protected areas (MPAs) to help protect wildlife, habitats and ecosystems. Like protected areas on land, such as National Parks, MPAs shelter ocean life and habitats. To be effective, MPAs must have high ecological standards. They must be off-limits to commercial uses, including industrial development and commercial fishing. Your investment today will ensure that Canadian MPAs meet high ecological standards to secure real protection for our oceans. Together, we can hold the government of Canada accountable for its commitment to protect five per cent of Canada’s marine space by 2017 and 10 per cent by 2020 with the highest standards possible.
A PERILOUS JOURNEY
Every spring, North Atlantic right whales embark on an epic migration. Females give birth in the warm water off the southern US, and then travel north with their newborn calves to Nova Scotia and the Bay of Fundy, where they find cooler waters and an abundance of krill, their favourite food.
Every day of the journey, the whales and their newborns face many obstacles and dangers that threaten their survival. All of them are caused by humans.
For the entirety of the migration route, they contend with shipping traffic. Deadly collisions are a constant threat.
The underwater noise is deafening, like a stereo blasting heavy metal music in your bedroom all night long. The sounds prevent her from properly echo locating, which disorients her and cuts her off from her calf, her pod and her food supply.
IMAGINE TRYING TO CROSS THE HIGHWAY BLINDFOLDED, HEADPHONES ON FULL BLAST, WITH A BABY IN YOUR ARMS.
With the support of generous donors, WWF-Canada will:
- Push for the creation of a network of more marine protected areas to help safeguard ocean wildlife, habitats and ecosystems
- Ensure these protected areas restrict oil and gas exploration, seabed mining and other industrial activities so disorienting ocean noise, the risk of ship strikes and the threat of pollution are reduced
- Keep commercial fishing out of protected areas, to remove the risk of entanglements and overexploitation
- Promote stricter rules on the waste water that ships can release into vulnerable ocean habitats