Canadians see MPAs as a way to protect wildlife and fish stocks.
Canadians see ocean protection as a good way to minimize human impact on the environment.
Canadians want to see meaningful levels of protection for their oceans and clearly differentiate between acceptable and unacceptable activities in MPAs.
Canadians support a minimum standard for all MPAs that includes no oil or gas development and at least 50 per cent of area closed to commercial fishing.
David Miller, president and CEO of WWF-Canada says:
“Science tells us that healthy oceans depend on a network of marine protected areas, and these areas are most effective when they have high ecological standards. This survey shows that Canadians know this, too, and their support for MPAs is strong and unequivocal. Canada needs to protect a lot more of its oceans – and the level of protection has to be meaningful. Canadians have clearly indicated they want to see more MPAs that will conserve wildlife and habitat, and have even expressed a willingness to put ocean protection ahead of economic development.”
The results are based on a survey conducted with a sample of 1,655 Canadians (aged 18 and over) from Sept. 27 to Oct. 7, 2016. A mixed-mode approach was used, with 1,502 interviews conducted from an online panel in the provinces, and 153 interviews conducted by telephone in the Territories.
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