The Eastern Canadian Coral and Sponge Conservation Strategy has been developed to facilitate the conservation and protection of cold water coral and sponge species, communities, and their habitats in the Atlantic and Arctic Oceans of eastern Canada. Protection of these benthic species, which are integral components of a healthy ecosystem, will be achieved through collaboration and integrated ocean management, providing sustainable economic and ecological value to all Canadians. The Strategy identifies conservation, management, and research objectives common to all five Fisheries and Oceans Canada management regions in eastern Canada (Central and Arctic, Quebec, Gulf, Maritimes, and Newfoundland and Labrador).
In June 2011, the Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture (DFA), in collaboration with other provincial departments released the provincial Coastal and Ocean Management Strategy and Policy Framework. This strategy outlines a coordinated approach to policy development for the sustainable management of coastal areas and ocean resources and to address priority issues.
To help implement components under the strategy, the Sustainable Fisheries and Oceans Policy Division continues to fund several projects through the Coastal Grants Program to help address the health, sustainability and integrated management of Newfoundland and Labrador's coastal and ocean environment. Each year $150,000 has been provided to project partners, such as academia and non-government organizations, which contribute to priorities outlined in the strategy with a particular focus on ocean education and awareness and advancing research and information on key issues facing our coasts.
For more information on the Coastal Grants Program go here.
Climate change can be defined as changes in the long-term weather patterns caused by natural phenomena and human activities. As a coastal province, Newfoundland and Labrador will be exposed to a number of potential impacts from a changing climate including sea level rise, increased storm activity, flooding, coastal erosion, damage to infrastructure, and changes to the marine environment. This will affect the lifestyles, economies, health and social well-being of the people of the province. There are potential economic opportunities as well, in technology development and environmental monitoring related to climate change.
Integrating climate change adaptation into planning and decision making processes will help ensure effective use of resources. This is a shared responsibility between governments, academia, industry professionals, non-government organizations, and communities. The provincial Climate Change and Energy Efficiency Action Plans were released in 2011 and provide information on the province's proposed action over the next five years.
Climate change is one of the biggest challenges facing our planet, and our oceans are feeling the impact. This app explains the science behind climate change and the changes that are being experienced in Newfoundland and Labrador. Learn how you can make a difference by downloading the app through the App Store or checking out the web version at: www.bonnebay.ca/webapp
This app was developed by Memorial University's Bonne Bay Marine Station, in partnership with the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador's Office of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency and Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture.