Fin in the House: Statement on World Oceans Day

We must come together today to protect our oceans for tomorrow.

 

  Mr. Fin Donnelly (Port Moody—Coquitlam, NDP): Mr. Speaker, today is World Oceans Day, an international day to celebrate our oceans and encourage conservation by addressing climate change, pollution, micro plastics, overfishing and habitat destruction.

    As we celebrate Canada's 150th birthday, we can take pride knowing it was Canadians who first proposed World Oceans Day at Rio's earth summit in 1992. However, Canada must do more to protect our oceans by lowering emissions, adding marine protected areas, encouraging sustainable fisheries, transitioning salmon aquaculture to safe closed containment, protecting killer whale habitat and other marine ecosystems, and removing abandoned vessels from our waters.

     I encourage all members of the House to support World Oceans Day. We must come together today to protect our oceans for tomorrow.

    I would like to acknowledge that today is our first World Oceans Day without one of its greatest champion, Rob Stewart. We miss him, but he will not be forgotten.