Today, the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, the Honourable Bernadette Jordan, officially launched the Ocean Decade in Canada at a virtual event. Speaking to members of the ocean community, Minister Jordan reaffirmed the Government of Canada’s commitment to ocean health and science to support a sustainable and prosperous blue economy.
To mark the launch of the Ocean Decade, the Minister also released Canada’s Oceans Now, 2020, which informs Canadians on the current state of Canada’s oceans and highlights some of the key challenges facing our oceans. This edition integrates the latest scientific knowledge to give a national perspective on the status and trends of the physical environment, species and food webs in our oceans.
The Ocean Decade is an important initiative that will inform the Government of Canada’s Blue Economy Strategy and will shine a spotlight on the importance of ocean science. Through our shared knowledge of the oceans, we will build a sustainable blue economy that can provide economic opportunities, empower coastal communities, power our cities, transport our people and goods, as well as provide innovative solutions to global challenges.
"Canada is proud to join the United Nations in celebrating the Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development. As we grow Canada’s Blue Economy domestically, it is imperative that we also support other ocean nations to develop more sustainable ocean industries. Our oceans are shared entities, and the problems they are facing require global solutions. Together, we are able to harness scientific research and innovative technology to protect the health of our ocean and create better, more sustainable ways of working on the water.”
The Honourable Bernadette Jordan, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard
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