Federal government using fishery closures to count toward promised 5% marine conservation target
National Post | June 08, 2017
Canada has moved a little closer to meeting its target to protect five per cent of the country's oceans by the end of 2017, but some are concerned about the methods the government is using to reach that goal.
To coincide with World Oceans Day, Fisheries Minister Dominic LeBlanc announced on Thursday that St. Anns Bank, covering 4,364 square kilometres east of Cape Breton, is officially Canada's latest marine protected area.
Altogether, Canada is now protecting 1.52 per cent of its oceans — a far cry from the five per cent target it has promised to hit in the next seven months, though LeBlanc said there's "other good news coming" that will take the country "to five per cent and a bit beyond."