CPAWS BC Blog

Marine Protected Areas 103: Canada’s “Protected” Areas

The term “Marine Protected Area,” gives the impression that the designated area is, well, protected. Unfortunately, in Canada this isn’t actually always the case. A study by CPAWS found that most MPAs in Canada allow commercial fishing, shipping, and in some cases even oil and gas activities to continue.

Marine Protected Areas 102: The Benefits of MPAs


By protecting entire ecosystems and ecological relationships, MPAs can help depleted populations recover, support sustainable fisheries, and safeguard the health of our ocean for generations to come.

Marine Protected Areas 101: What is an MPA?


With all this excitement surrounding marine protected areas (MPAs), it begs the question: What is an MPA? Have no fear, CPAWS-BC is here to guide you through the ABCs of MPAs and some of the issues that we are facing here in Canada.

Reducing vulnerability to climate change in Northern B.C.


Over the past 100 years, temperatures in Northern B.C. have increased by nearly three times the global average, and local First Nations communities are seeing big changes as a result of climate change. Wildlife such as caribou and elk are no longer found in some nations’ traditional hunting grounds, temperatures in rivers and lakes are rising and changing traditional fishing areas, berries and medicinal plants are being lost, and places of refuge for some communities may no longer be safe.

A cause for concern: state of the Pacific Ocean


This past month CPAWS-BC attended DFO's State of the Pacific Ocean Meeting where scientists presented their latest research, discussed pressing issues, and painted a picture of current conditions in our ocean.

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