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Coastal Habitat Restoration

WWF-Canada is working to restore coastal habitats to reverse wildlife decline.

Restoring Coastal Habitat

The area where land meets sea is often a place of spectacular biodiversity and ecological beauty. The coastal zone makes up only 10 per cent of the ocean environment but is home to over 90 per cent of all marine species.

© Anna Olafsdottir / WWF-Canada apelin (Mallotus villosus) eggs on kelp

Coastal Habitat Destruction

Coastal habitats are vital to the overall health of the ocean, but globally they are suffering declines in biodiversity and ecosystem function.

Coastal habitat restoration is important for the rehabilitation of aquatic ecosystems and marine biodiversity loss, both of which are important culturally and economically. The coastal restoration fund allows WWF-Canada to steward aquatic habitats in Newfoundland and Labrador.

What WWF-Canada is doing

© Karen Rosborough / WWF-Canada Fishing boats and fishermen, Newfoundland, Canada

Coastal Restoration

In 2017, WWF-Canada began a large-scale habitat restoration project in Newfoundland and Labrador. Through the Coastal Restoration Fund, the Fisheries and Oceans Canada supports WWF-Canada and nine partner organizations in monitoring and restoring coastal and riverine fish habitats. WWF-Canada encourages an ecosystem-based approach to fisheries management using traditional knowledge, scientific research and citizen science.

© Stephanie Nicholl / WWF-Canada Capelin on shore, Newfoundland

Healthy Capelin

Capelin are small fish that are an important food source for seabirds, seals, whales and northern cod. WWF-Canada is restoring capelin spawning habitats in Placentia Bay and other priority areas, as well as mapping the extent of capelin habitats using citizen science and knowledge gathering with partners (Fish Food and Allied Worker’s Union, Memorial University and NunatuKavut Community Council). WWF-Canada is also working on developing indicators for healthy capelin spawning habitats using egg and larvae monitoring and temperature monitoring on and off beaches.

© Gilbert Van Ryckevorsel / WWF-Canada Wild Atlantic Salmon

Community-Based Monitoring

WWF-Canada is working to develop the local capacity for community-based monitoring of wildlife and habitat restoration. This work includes:

  • Restoration planning and community consultations in NunatuKavut, Labrador and other strategic locations throughout the province.
  • Working with NunatuKavut Community Council and Geological Survey of Newfoundland and Labrador to characterize coastal change in NunatuKavut using remote sensing and ground surveys.
  • Monitoring and restoring Atlantic salmon and Arctic char habitat through collaboration with salmon conservation organizations and rural and Indigenous communities.
  • Working with the Capelin Observer Network and the St. Lawrence Global Observatory on eCapelin.ca, a website that allows citizens to document capelin sightings.
© Shutterstock Seagull by water

What You Can Do

Capelin in Newfoundland

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