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Port authority applauds federal government’s commitment to protect the marine environment

December 11, 2017

The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority commends the federal government on its recent announcement to invest $9.3 billion in the protection of Canada’s coastal ecosystem through the Cumulative Effects of Marine Shipping initiative as part of the Oceans Protection Plan.

“As a Canada Port Authority, environmental protection is part of our legislated federal mandate,” said Duncan Wilson, vice president, corporate social responsibility at the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority. “It’s also a key element of our vision to be the world’s most sustainable port. A better understanding of the cumulative effects of marine shipping is important to us and an area we are working on through our own environmental programs.”

One of these programs is the Enhancing Cetacean Habitat and Observation Program (ECHO) Program, a port authority-led program with input and guidance from government agencies, First Nations individuals, marine industry users, environmental and conservation organizations and scientific experts. The research completed through the ECHO Program serves to provide a better understanding of the cumulative impacts of shipping activities on whales throughout the southern coast of British Columbia.

“Transport Canada’s initiative aligns well with our environmental objectives and we are pleased to see their ongoing commitment to protect the marine environment,” added Wilson.

The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority will continue to collaborate with Transport Canada and all levels of government on progressive actions to ensure the Port of Vancouver remains competitive, safe and sustainable.

About Vancouver Fraser Port Authority

The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority is responsible for the stewardship of the federal port lands in and around Vancouver, British Columbia. It is accountable to the federal minister of transport and operates pursuant to the Canada Marine Act. The Port of Vancouver is Canada’s largest, and the third largest in North America by tonnes of cargo, facilitating trade between Canada and more than 170 world economies. Located in a naturally beautiful setting on Canada’s west coast, the port authority and port terminals and tenants are responsible for the efficient and reliable movement of goods and passengers, integrating environmental, social and economic sustainability initiatives into all areas of port operations. Enabling the trade of approximately $200 billion in goods, port activities sustain 115,300 jobs, $7 billion in wages, and $11.9 billion in GDP across Canada.

Media contact:

Emily Hamer
Manager, Strategic Communications
604.665.9512
[email protected]

 

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