EDINBURGH, Scotland, April 9, 2018 /CNW/ - Ensuring that the world's oceans are clean and healthy for future generations is a priority of the Government of Canada. Having meaningful discussions with global partners on best practices to ensure healthy oceans the world over is a key to achieving our goals.
The Honorable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, attended and delivered a keynote address at the Monaco Blue Initiative in Edinburgh, April 8-9, 2018. This global forum of leaders from over 100 countries gathered to collaborate on oceans issues that affect us all.
The Monaco Blue Initiative's overarching themes of marine protected areas, climate change and blue growth align with the Government of Canada's commitments to conservation, oceans science and innovation. Open and meaningful discussions on these important issues will bring greater insight in the lead-up to the upcoming G7 Leader's Summit in June 2018 and the G7 ministerial meetings on climate change, oceans and clean energy in Fall 2018.
Minister LeBlanc underscored how Canada is committed to marine conservation, and that we are well on our way to protecting 10% of our oceans and coastlines by 2020.
Minister LeBlanc also highlighted the importance of robust oceans observation and how crucial this is to understanding this precious resource; as well as Canada's efforts to date to combat illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing and the continued need for support from global partners to eradicate this highly irresponsible practice that weakens global economies and damages marine environments.
"As Canada's Oceans Minister, I am thrilled to be talking about our oceans leadership at the Monaco Blue Initiative. Discussions like those that have taken place over the last two days are crucial to charting a way forward for the conservation and more sustainable use of our planet's greatest resource: our oceans. Our Government is proud of our efforts at home on marine conservation and ocean stewardship, and we look forward to continued collaboration with our global partners to so that our oceans can be healthy and clean for future generations."
The Honourable Dominic LeBlanc P.C., Q.C., M.P.
Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard
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