OTTAWA, Aug. 20 /CNW Telbec/ - Oceans North Canada applauds the
Honourable Foreign Minister Lawrence Cannon's statement on Arctic
foreign policy today for its strong endorsement of conservation of
Arctic ecosystems as a key component of the government's Arctic policy.
In particular, the statement highlighted protection of Lancaster Sound
as a national marine conservation area and ecosystem-based management of
the Beaufort Sea.
"Prompt creation of a national marine conservation area in Lancaster
Sound is an essential element of Canadian Arctic policy," stated Trevor
Taylor, Policy Director for Oceans North Canada. "We look forward to
working with Inuit communities and the government in protecting these
vital waters," Taylor continued. "Once completed, this Inuit-led process
will make Canada a world leader in Arctic marine conservation."
The statement highlighted environmental stewardship as one of the
bedrocks of the government's policy in the Arctic and noted
opportunities for Canada's stewardship in its own Arctic waters to serve
as an example for other Arctic countries.
In addition to Lancaster Sound, the statement noted the importance of an
ecosystem-based approach to the Beaufort Sea. The Standing Senate
Committee on Fisheries and Oceans recently recommended that the
government work with Inuvialuit communities on a moratorium on new
commercial fisheries in the Canadian Beaufort Sea. Such a plan would
prevent large-scale commercial fishing until scientists and Inuvialuit
communities are assured they can proceed sustainably.
"A precautionary Beaufort fisheries plan negotiated with Inuvialuit
leaders would set an example for other Arctic countries faced with
increased commercial fishing pressure in new, ice-free areas," stated
Taylor, a former fisheries minister in Newfoundland and Labrador. "It
could even serve as a model for international cooperation on fisheries
in the Arctic waters surrounding the North Pole."
About Oceans North Canada
Oceans North Canada promotes science-and-community-based conservation of
Canada's northern seas and the resulting wellbeing of indigenous Arctic
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