Gulf of St. Lawrence Expedition

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Exploring and Protecting Canada’s Oceans. Gulf of St. Lawrence Expedition, August 2017

Oceana Canada, leading scientists and Alexandra Cousteau, Senior Oceana Advisor and granddaughter of Jacques-Yves Cousteau, will set sail to explore never-before-seen parts of the Gulf of St. Lawrence. The week-long expedition is the most in-depth visual exploration of the area in Canada’s history. Thanks to advances in oceanographic research and technology, you too can take part and interact with scientists through a 24-hour live stream and daily video and photo updates shared across Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

The expedition team will collect samples as well as videos and images to document new areas of the seafloor. This expedition is the most in-depth visual exploration of the Gulf of St. Lawrence in Canada’s history and its findings will help protect habitat essential to the health of our oceans.

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Oceana Canada seeks to make our oceans as rich, healthy and abundant as they once were. Canada has the world's longest coastline and is responsible for 2.76 million square kilometers of ocean. This real estate makes Canada one of the world’s major fishing nations, catching 1.1 million metric tons of fish each year, or 1.6 per cent of the world’s wild fish catch by weight, and consistently ranking within the top 25 fish-producing countries in the world. But even with these high yields, Canadian fisheries are performing below their full potential. Fortunately, we know how to fix things. Science-based fishery management – which establishes science-based catch limits, reduces bycatch and protects habitat — is helping the oceans rebound and recover where it is established. Oceana Canada campaigns for national policies that rebuild fisheries and return Canada’s formerly vibrant oceans to health; reduce the harvesting of depleted fisheries; and avoid impacts to other species. We also work to protect key habitat for fish to breed and grow to maturity. Our campaigns address increasing fisheries management transparency and paving the way to recovery for Canada’s depleted fish populations.

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