OTTAWA, Nov. 16, 2018 /CNW/ - The Government of Canada is committed to protecting and restoring Canada's aquatic species at risk. The solutions are wide ranging and require collaboration between the provinces and territories, industry and all Canadians.
That is why we are making it easier for all partners to learn about our aquatic species at risk. Fisheries and Oceans Canada has updated and improved its online aquatic species at risk mapping tool. The improved interactive mapping tool allows Canadians to find out where aquatic species at risk and their critical habitat are located across Canada. The tool is now interactive, user-friendly and intuitive. Users can zoom in and out on the data and save their results. Providing good government in the 21st century means providing good government digital services. The Government of Canada is committed to being at the forefront of the digital age and to making its services more secure, faster and easier for all users.
The online map is a key tool for those that conduct projects near water, including projects that conserve and restore aquatic environments, to help protect aquatic species at risk.
"The Government of Canada takes pride in protecting Canada's aquatic species at risk and their habitats. The mapping tool will help Canadians protect and conserve aquatic species at risk and increase awareness of their locations across Canada."
The Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard
- The aquatic species at risk maps page has consistently high traffic; since October 2017, over 10,000 unique page views have been accessed on the site.
- Currently, there are 120 aquatic species protected under the Act.
- The new tool replaces 375 static maps (found in the old tool).
- Now you can select areas and zoom in and out at the scale you want.
- Results can easily be saved in a standardized template and shared.
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SOURCE Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) Canada
For further information: Jocelyn Lubczuk, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, 343-548-7863, [email protected]; Media Relations, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, 613-990-7537, [email protected]