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Without a healthy blue economy there will be no green recovery

In many communities along all three coasts, without fish to catch there can be no long-term recovery

"It cannot be free to pollute.”

“The Government will ban harmful single-use plastics.”

These were encouraging words from Canada’s Speech from the Throne on September 23. And rightly so, the speech focused on making the health and well-being of Canadians a crucial part of our economic recovery.

Canada’s $32-billion blue economy – our oceans – must also be part of this strategy. The pandemic, climate change, habitat destruction and persistent overfishing have made it more urgent than ever that we invest in our oceans as the Earth’s largest life-support system. Canada now has a unique and powerful opportunity to make our oceans part of a sustainable recovery from COVID-19.

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