Josh Laughren, the CEO of Oceana Canada, has released a statement welcoming the news that the Canadian government has announced a CA$2 billion/~US$1.55 billion/~€1.52 billion funding package for the country’s Ocean Protection Plan.
According to Laughren:
“Oceana Canada supports the federal government’s announcement of $2 billion for Canada’s Ocean Protection Plan. The oceans are the life support system of the planet. If invested wisely, this funding provides an opportunity to protect and safeguard the oceans.
“We encourage the government to enhance ocean protection and resiliency by focusing on rebuilding depleted fish populations, to improve the efficiency, safety and sustainability of supply chains by implementing a boat-to-plate traceability system for seafood, and to better manage marine traffic by creating permanent protection for whales including endangered North Atlantic right whales.
“We further encourage collaboration with Indigenous Peoples to transform the way Canada approaches fisheries, bringing together all perspectives as part of the continued commitment to reconciliation.”