Canada has the longest ocean coastline in the world stretching over a quarter million km. We have depended on our oceans as a source of food, commerce and transportation for centuries and these links remain as vital today as they have throughout our history.
As a coastal nation, Canada has a responsibility to ocean stewardship which must be taken seriously.
Unfortunately we have learned the hard way that in ocean management, preventing problems is better than reacting to them. By the time reaction is necessary the damage to our ecosystem, and often times our economy, can last for decades.