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Identification of fisheries area closures that meet Canadas guidance and criteria for other effective area based conservation measures
by Canada (Government)
On June 7, 2017 the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Canada announced existing fisheries management measures in Canadian waters that provide refuge to fish, mammals and their habitat, contributing to Canadas 2017 marine conservation targets. There are five criteria, which Canada has developed, that these conservation measure must meet in order to contribute to Canadas marine conservation targets: the geographic location must be clearly defined; stock management or conservation objectives need to directly relate to an important species or habitat; the area must contain an important species and important habitat; the measures must be long term; and, the measures need to protect the important species and its habitat from both existing and foreseeable pressures.

Based on these criteria, Fisheries and Oceans Canada has evaluated existing fisheries management measures and species at risk critical habitat. Measures that currently meet the criteria represent about 26,600 km2 and an additional 0.46% of protected marine territory in Canada. These marine refuges are intended to be in place for the long-term and therefore, will make a lasting contribution to marine conservation.
Progress reports
By 2020, sustainably manage and protect marine and coastal ecosystems to avoid significant adverse impacts, including by strengthening their resilience, and take action for their restoration in order to achieve healthy and productive oceans
Type of commitment
  • Ecosystem-based Adaptation
By 2020, effectively regulate harvesting and end overfishing, illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and destructive fishing practices and implement science-based management plans, in order to restore fish stocks in the shortest time feasible, at least to levels that can produce maximum sustainable yield as determined by their biological characteristics
Type of commitment
  • Ecosystem approach to fisheries (EAF)
By 2020, conserve at least 10 per cent of coastal and marine areas, consistent with national and international law and based on the best available scientific information
Type of commitment
  • Other (please specify): Other effective area based conservation measure
June 2016
Announcement of other effective area based conservation measures that contribute to Canadas marine conservation targets
Consultation and identification of new fisheries area closures that meet the criteria of other effective area based conservation measures within Canada
Other, please specify
Significant financial, technical, and expert Government of Canada resources have been mobilized in order to identify these other area based conservation measures.
Basic information
Time-frame: June 2016 - Ongoing
Fisheries and Oceans Canada (Government), Canadian Provinces and Territories(sub-national Government); Indigenous Groups(other relevant actor); environmental groups(NGO); Canadian fishing industry associations (private sector); and other marine industry stakeholders (private sector)
Ocean Basins
  • Arctic Ocean
  • North Atlantic
  • North Pacific
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
Contact information
Christie Chute, Manager, Marine Conservation Programs, Christie.Chute@dfo-mpo.gc.ca, 613-818-6578
Ottawa, Canada
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