OTTAWA, Oct. 30, 2013 /CNW/ - The Canadian Wildlife Federation (CWF) has
officially completed its Bike for Wildlife cross-Canada trek in
Halifax, N.S. with an exciting new national marine conservation
For over 50 years, CWF has been conserving Canada's wildlife and natural
spaces. With a permanent Maritime presence over the past several years
headed by CWF's Manager of Marine Programs Dr. Sean Brillant, CWF has
funded and carried out numerous projects specific to Canada's marine
conservation needs. For example, with our numerous partners, CWF has
increased our knowledge about leatherback turtles in Atlantic Canada,
studied the risk of commercial fisheries to large whales and turtles
and used this research to make recommendations to Fisheries and Oceans
Canada to reduce this risk. We have examined the role of Canada's
Saltwater Cities (coastal urban communities) on marine wildlife
including a study of the effect of shoreline development on marine
biodiversity. And we have examined and summarized the scientific
literature on the effects of open-pen finfish aquaculture on local
wildlife and made this available to the public.
Continuing our commitment to marine conservation in Canada, CWF
announced today its participation on a national steering committee for
the coordinated response of marine animal emergencies nationwide.
"Canada's marine wildlife, including many species at risk, can become
distressed, entrapped, entangled or injured due to natural causes and
due to human activities", said Dr. Brillant. "With effective and
well-funded response systems in place, some of these distressed marine
animals can be saved and in all cases, crucial information that would
benefit their conservation can be gained. This can only be accomplished
by properly trained and supported team members".
From 2011 to 2012, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada
reported 913 incidents involving entrapped, entangled, injured and/or
distressed whales and dolphins, seals, marine turtles and large fish.
In most cases, regional networks of non-governmental organizations were
involved in these incidents, but often have limited funding, equipment
and appropriately-trained volunteers.
CWF will work with organizations representing the regional networks,
such as the Marine Animal Response Society (Nova Scotia), Whale Release
and Strandings (Newfoundland and Labrador), le Groupe de recherche et
d'éducation sur les mammifères marins (Quebec), and the Vancouver
Aquarium Marine Mammal Rescue Centre (British Colombia) to form a
national steering committee. This committee will unify regional network
efforts through the creation of a comprehensive operational and funding
strategy launching in spring 2014.
CWF is excited to help drive this essential service in Canada and to
ensure that the dedicated members of the regional networks receive the
proper funding, supplies and training to continue contributing to the
conservation of Canada's marine wildlife.
About the Canadian Wildlife Federation
The Canadian Wildlife Federation is a national charitable organization
dedicated to ensuring an appreciation of our natural world and a
lasting legacy of healthy wildlife and habitat. By spreading knowledge
of human impacts on the environment, developing and delivering
educational programs, sponsoring research, promoting the sustainable
use of natural resources, recommending policy changes and co-operating
with like-minded partners, CWF encourages a future in which Canadians
can live in harmony with nature. For more information, visit CanadianWildlifeFederation.ca.
SOURCE: Canadian Wildlife Federation
For further information:
Jerika Bradford Public Relations Officer
Canadian Wildlife Federation
Maritimes Media Representative