Canada’s Oceans Act is 20 years old, yet its full implementation has yet to be realized. To meet the increasing challenges facing our oceans, leaders and practitioners came together in June 2017 at the Oceans20 workshop in Ottawa to chart a path to:
- achieve effective protection for Canada’s ocean by 2020
- meet our legal obligations to protect biodiversity, and
- set the foundation for the next two decades to help ensure thriving ocean ecosystems that continue to support our cultures and livelihoods.
This document summarizes 10 key messages that emerged from active dialogue and expert discussions at the Oceans20 workshop.