The Pacific coast of Canada hosts a globally significant diversity of marine life and ecosystems, but too often, our oceans are out of sight and out of mind, and they are in serious trouble. We need to create marine “parks” – places where conservation is a priority and humans tread lightly.
Marine protected areas (MPAs) safeguard marine animals, like killer whales, rockfish, seabirds and even invertebrates like nudibranchs and octopi. They also protect B.C.’s underwater ecosystems, from kelp forests and seagrass meadows to our deep canyons and volcanic seamounts. We need to protect our amazing underwater worlds and nurture troubled seascapes back to health.
MPAs are internationally recognized as an effective tool for sustaining marine biodiversity and local economies. The ecological benefits of MPAs translates into economic, social and cultural benefits such as sustained fisheries, enhanced recreation opportunities and more effective education and appreciation for the marine environment. In addition, human physical and mental health and well-being are positively impacted by high quality experiences in natural marine environments found in protected areas.
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