September 17, 2018

Cumulative effects of shipping on coastal marine ecosystems being examined

Under the Oceans Protection Plan, the Canadian government is taking actions to preserve and restore marine ecosystems vulnerable to increased marine shipping and development.

Transport Canada has awarded a contract to ESSA Technologies Ltd. to examine methodologies and tools to assess the cumulative impacts of marine shipping on coastal marine ecosystems.

ESSA and Transport Canada will subsequently together review the different methodologies and options for the assessment of cumulative effects, while continuing engagement with Indigenous peoples, local stakeholders and coastal communities to understand their key concerns related to marine shipping. The collaboration is designed to ensure that a facts-based decision is made regarding which assessment tool(s) to use.

This $95,000 investment is part of the $9.3 million Cumulative Effects of Marine Shipping Initiative under the Oceans Protection Plan. Engagement with Indigenous and coastal communities to outline a framework for this national initiative began a year ago.

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Cumulative effects of shipping on coastal marine ecosystems being examined