Haida Gwaii will be home to Canada's first park protected marine area.
Yesterday the Gwaii Haanas marine conservation area was established under the Canadian National Marine Conservation Areas Act. The area extends 10 kilometres offshore from the already existing Gwaii Haanas park reserve and will serve to protect the homes of numerous whales, pinnipeds, seabirds, fish, and possibly even coral. Read more about this exciting legislation.
And speaking of corals and protection, environmentalist are excited about an announcement today for a new "Area of Interest" in Hecate Strait, meant to protect the recently discovered, thought to be exinct, glass sponge reefs. Read more about glass sponge reefs.