Investments to protect the Canadian coast from oil spills

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The Canadian government have invested a colossal amount of money in the research of oil spills and possible protective measures.

Canada has the longest coastline in the world. With the country being connected to three oceans, it is imperative that the area is protected. It is import for the Canadian government to protect marine ecosystems that support an abundance of marine life, support over 350,000 jobs and hundreds of coastal and Aboriginal communities.

As part of Canada’s Oceans €1.03bn Protection Plan, investing significantly in scientific research to help protect our coasts and waterways from the effects of potential spills. oil, while supporting the collection of baseline data to detect changes in coastal environments.

Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, announces that the Government of Canada is investing more than €3.7m in six research projects at the Newfoundland Memorial University to help improve protocols and decision-making that will minimise the environmental effects of oil spills. In addition, more than €1.2 million is being invested in 10 marine environmental data collection initiatives led by seven partner organisations in Placentia Bay. Together, these investments will support the employment of approximately 67 people by project partners.

Multi-Partner Research Initiative

Projects undertaken by Memorial University of Newfoundland will focus on a range of techniques and technologies to facilitate the response to an oil spill in Canada. These projects are funded through the €30.8m Multi-Partner Research Initiative, which aims to ensure that we have access to the best science and response to oil spills in Canadian waters. by supporting collaborative research between Canadian and international experts. These efforts will help us to improve knowledge of the behaviour of oil spills, the best way to contain them, clean them up, and minimise their impact on the environment.

Program on Coastal Environmental Reference Data

The seven organisations that receive funding are the Newfoundland and Labrador Environmental Association, the University of Manitoba, the Humber Arm Environmental Association, the Northeast Avalon Atlantic Coastal Action Program, the Newfoundland and Labrador Conservation Corps, the Fish Food and Allied Workers Union, and Memorial University of Newfoundland.

These research initiatives are part of the €34.8m Coastal Reference Environmental Data Program, which brings together Fisheries and Oceans Canada scientists, Aboriginal communities and coastal, non-governmental organisations, universities and other research partners. Participating groups collect a wide range of scientific data that will help characterise Canada’s coastal environment.

 

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