Take action. Tell the government to do more to protect the Scott Islands.

In January 2017 thousands of you provided feedback on the draft regulations. The government heard you and is looking at potential improvements to the proposed conservation measures. But we need to keep the pressure on and let them know that you are still watching, and that you still care.

As it is currently proposed the Scott Islands marine National Wildlife Area will not properly protect the home of over 1 million seabirds, sea lions, whales, and sea otters.

The proposed conservation measures will allow harmful activities like bottom trawling, longlining, and industrial shipping to continue within the proposed boundary, despite the known threats to wildlife. 

The Minister of Environment and Climate Change Canada and the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans have committed to working with each other and with stakeholders (you) to improve the regulations.

Please use the form below to send a short note to the government to let them know that they can do better.  You can use our recommendations to help you draft your letter.  

Some issues that you may want to raise:

  • Extend the boundary: The proposed boundary excludes some areas that are known to be important feeding grounds for seabirds
  • Prohibit long-lining and gill netting: Allowing a fishery to continue which is known to catch and kill seabirds in a protected area designed to protect seabirds, is unacceptable.
  • Prohibit Bottom-trawling: Bottom-trawling destroys seafloor ecosystems and can catch non-target fish that are important prey for seabirds
  • Designate vessel navigation lanes: Shipping and vessel traffic is causing noise pollution and chronic oiling that is potentially lethal to seabirds and other marine animals
  • Apply the precautionary approach: The proposed regulations completely ignore other Species At Risk that are known to use the area, including whales, sea otters, sea lions, turtles and sharks.

Seabirds, sea otters and whales don’t have a voice, thank you for speaking out for them.

Your message will be sent to:
Hon. Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change
Hon. Dominic Leblanc, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans
Hon. Mark Garneau, Minister of Transport

 
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