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Conserving Life in Canada’s Oceans

Canada is bordered by three oceans—the Atlantic, Pacific, and Arctic—that together give it the world’s longest shoreline and jurisdiction over approximately 3.3 million square miles of marine habitat that are as diverse and full of life as they are vast. This biodiversity and abundance support a unique way of life for all Canadians including more than a million Indigenous people, who have sustained their communities with hunting and fishing for thousands of years.

The Pew Charitable Trusts works to protect the rich diversity of life in Canada’s oceans through partnerships with Canada-based scientists, conservation and fishing organizations, Indigenous communities, and government agencies. Together, we advance policies to establish marine protected areas; safeguard environmentally sensitive regions of the Arctic Ocean from industrial fishing, offshore energy development, and shipping; and promote science-based conservation measures for commercial fisheries. 

Right whales

North Atlantic Right Whales

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North Atlantic Right Whales

North Atlantic right whales, which migrate along the East Coast from Canada to Florida, were heavily hunted by commercial whalers into the early 20th century. In the decades after whaling ceased, the population slowly but steadily increased, but now that trend has reversed.

glass sponges
glass sponges
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Pacific Canada

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Pacific Canada

The proposed Offshore Pacific Area of Interest (AOI) off the coast of British Columbia contains underwater mountains, some 10,000 feet high, overlooking a vast network of hydrothermal vents that spew hot sulfur and nutrients into the surrounding water.

Baffin Bay
Baffin Bay
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Arctic Oasis Sustains Northernmost Inuit Communities

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Between Canada and Greenland lies the most biologically productive ecosystem north of the Arctic Circle: an 85,000-square-kilometer (32,800-square-mile) region of ocean known in Greenland as Pikialasorsuaq (the Great Upwelling) and in Canada as Sarvarjuaq.

Our Work

The Arctic Heritage and Beauty of Tallurutiup Imanga (Lancaster Sound)