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Canada needs ocean conservation leadership to stem loss of marine life

By Bill Wareham      

Progress in ocean protection is indeed happening, but are we doing enough fast enough? Damage to ocean habitats and the resulting impacts on fish populations is a serious concern.

Fisheries and Oceans Minister Jonathan Wilkinson arrives for a cabinet meeting in Ottawa in February. In the upcoming federal election, Canadians will be looking for leaders willing to step forward as oceans champions, writes Bill Wareham. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

VANCOUVER—Healthy oceans are an invaluable source of life and wonder. Many people look over the ocean and only see a great expanse of water and waves. They don’t see the highly productive web of life below the surface—the enormous whales, millions of salmon, colourful anemones spreading their tentacles, ancient glass sponge reefs harbouring a multitude of marine life and warm hydrothermal vents creating an oasis for many rare species. This abundance and diversity is a spectacular gift to the world.

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