While the federal government has declared new minimum standards that prohibit dumping in Canada’s MPAs, it has yet to define what counts as dumping, or how these standards will be implemented and enforced. Without a comprehensive definition, we risk protections that are too weak to work as intended.
The rules around dumping in these ecologically sensitive areas cannot be left up to interpretation. To ensure Canada’s MPAs are protected in more than name only, “no dumping” needs to mean NO to the dumping of ALL sewage, grey water, garbage, scrubber effluent from exhaust systems, ballast water and oily mixtures.
We shouldn’t call an area “protected” if dumping from commercial and cruise ships is still allowed, in any quantity.