Canada's new Government to protect Scott Islands off British Columbia's coast

    VANCOUVER, Oct. 9 /CNW Telbec/ - Today, Mark Warawa, the Parliamentary
Secretary to the Minister of the Environment, announced on behalf of the
Minister, the Honourable John Baird, an investment of one million dollars to
protect seabird populations on the Scott Islands off British Columbia.
    The Scott Island's funding is another significant part of the
Government's $61.5 million to improve the health of the health of Canada's
oceans as part of Canada's National Water Strategy.
    "Through this one million dollars in new funding, we will work to ensure
that the seabird populations that use the Scott Islands are protected," said
Mr. Warawa. "This is just another example of how our Government's is working
hard to ensure that British Columbia's natural heritage and marine resources
are preserved and protected on behalf of all Canadians."
    Under the Health of the Oceans Initiative of the National Water Strategy,
Environment Canada will work with the Government of British Columbia to
protect important foraging areas for seabird populations on the Scott Islands,
north of Vancouver Island.
    The Government of Canada is funding projects that will improve the health
of Canada's three oceans and protect their long-term sustainability. Under the
National Water Strategy, Canada will work with its provincial, territorial
Aboriginal and international partners to co-operatively manage its marine

    (Egalement offert en français)

For further information:

For further information: Eric Richer, Press Secretary, Office of the
Minister of the Environment, (819) 997-1441; Environment Canada Media
Relations, (819) 934-8008, 1-888-908-8008

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