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WWF-Canada calls for halt of capelin fishery to protect species

Capelin is a keystone species, playing an important role in the marine ecosystem as a food source for predators such as northern cod, whales, and seabirds. Capelin abundance plummeted precipitously 30 years ago and has never recovered. Closing the fishery for now, until a precautionary approach can be applied, is an essential first step in allowing capelin populations to recover. 
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Ship-based oil spill compensation reform needed for Indigenous communities

Indigenous communities face many barriers to receiving compensation for oil spills from ships in their territories — in fact, only one relatively small claim has ever been paid directly to an Indigenous group — according to a new WWF-Canada-commissioned report. When an oil spill from a ship occurs, any person, organization, company,...
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Canada provides funding for oil and gas development in Newfoundland and Labrador amidst federal scientists’ critique of flawed environmental assessment

K’JIPUKTUK (HALIFAX) –  Earlier this week, Canada’s federal government gave $320 million to support Newfoundland and Labrador’s offshore oil and gas industry. Last week, the province also established an offshore exploration initiative that will encourage more drilling and reinvestment in offshore petroleum. These announcements to spur oil and gas...
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Flawed environmental assessment of offshore drilling in Newfoundland and Labrador puts marine ecosystems at risk

Environmental groups taking legal action against federal government over flawed environmental impact assessment ST. JOHN’S, NL – Environmental groups are taking legal action against the federal government for failing to properly assess the impacts of exploratory drilling for oil and gas in Newfoundland and Labrador’s offshore waters. It is the...
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Seismic survey threatens endangered whales

VANCOUVER, BC:  As the oceans become quieter amidst the global pandemic, an application for seismic surveys off the West Coast of Vancouver Island threatens the recovery of endangered Southern Resident killer whales. This week, in response, a coalition of conservation groups has written to the federal minister of Fisheries...
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Northeast Newfoundland marine refuge should be exempt from oil and gas development –WWF-Canada

St. John’s, NL, September 6, 2019 – Last week, the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board (C-NLOPB) put out a Call for Nominations in the Northeast Newfoundland Slope Closure — a marine refuge counting towards Canada’s marine protection targets. This nomination process helps the C-NLOPB determine what sites can be...
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WWF-Canada Restoration Fund recipient Katzie First Nation to restore traditional B.C. landmark and salmon spawning ground

VANCOUVER, August 7, 2019 —The 2019 WWF-Canada Restoration Fund recipient, British Columbia’s Katzie First Nation, will use the $150,000 CAD grant to restore the Upper Pitt River’s Blue Creek habitat. The area provides a healthy ecosystem for local wildlife and communities and is the traditional territory of the Katzie...
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