OTTAWA, Nov. 7, 2018 /CNW/ - Ministers Wilkinson, Garneau and McKenna participated in search and rescue and environmental response simulations to commemorate the second anniversary of the Oceans Protection Plan. Since the creation of the Oceans Protection Plan, the Government of Canada has worked tirelessly to protect our endangered whales and Marine Protected Areas with over 11,000 hours of surveillance and enforcement this year alone. Our government is also working with Indigenous peoples to help them respond to marine emergencies in their communities by providing marine safety training. We are also strengthening the Coast Guard's capacity to respond to incidents. For example, we purchased 23 portable skimmers and 67,000 feet of curtain booms to help with oil spills and opened four Coast Guard facilities, including two search and rescue stations. We are also restoring over 30 aquatic habitats through the Coastal Restoration Fund and are conducting 16 new science projects to help respond to oil spills and better understand marine mammals' environment.
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