Fisheries and Oceans Canada cites public backlash as one of the motivating factors for changing the rules governing marine protected areas.
The government is counting fisheries closures as protected spaces in order to hit a 2020 target. Many scientists argue this is not meaningful conservation.
New legislation would give planned MPAs interim protection during the years-long approval process.
A string of concessions to the oil and gas and fishing industries has severely weakened the protective value of Canada’s largest planned marine protected area.
Conservation and recycling can reduce the need for massive municipal water infrastructure.