The Humane Society of Canada, working alongside many other concerned individuals and groups is pleased to report that on June 13, 2002, Bill C-10 Canada National Marine Conservation Areas Act was given royal assent in the Canadian Senate.

This act, which is administered by Parks Canada, will allow the federal government to create a system National Marine Conservation Areas that are representative of Canada's Arctic, Pacific, Atlantic Oceans and the Great Lakes.

Up until now, unlike our terrestrial environment, Canada's marine & freshwater environments were typically not focused on for conservation activities; this act represents a first step in providing a framework for protecting our waters.

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