Protect seabird habitat

The federal government plans to designate the waters surrounding the Scott Islands off British Columbia’s coast as a marine protected area

The federal government plans to designate the waters surrounding the Scott Islands off British Columbia’s coast as a marine protected area, but the proposed regulations will do little to protect this globally significant ecosystem. The government needs to get this right to set the course for protecting 10 per cent of Canada’s marine ecosystems.

The proposed protections are missing clear regulations on fishing, vessel-based pollution, oil spills, shipping, noise and physical disturbances, and oil and gas exploration. Without more substantive regulations in the final plan, the Scott Islands Marine National Wildlife Area will not provide the protection needed for the most significant seabird populations.

I love birds and want to see them protected properly. Give world-class seabird habitat world-class protection

Sheila O’Byrne

Victoria