Canada Just Committed $2.7 Million To Research the Effects of Contaminants on Oceans
The research will help the government make decisions to support a healthy environment.
Canadian researchers will receive $2.7 million to research the effects of ocean contaminants on fish, marine mammals, and other aquatic species, the government of Canada announced on Monday.
The funds will be provided through Fisheries and Oceans Canada's National Contaminants Advisory Group and will be allocated to 13 universities and not-for-profit research organizations for projects on aquaculture therapeutants, pesticides, and other worrisome pollutants like microplastics.
Take Action: Take the Sustainable Seafood Pledge
Microplastics are tiny pieces of plastic that end up in the oceans because of human activity. Animals ingest the microplastics, which can not only cause injuries and death, but can also lead to humans ingesting them too.
“Ninety per cent of the plastics that you find suspended in ocean water are actually pieces from polyester garments or nylon garments,” Ocean Wise Conservation Association technician Stephen Chastain told Global News.
A $1.3-million partnership between Fisheries and Oceans Canada and the Vancouver Aquarium’s Ocean Pollution Research Program to further study the impact of microplastics was also announced this week.
“This research will help us make informed, science-based decisions to support healthy ecosystems and fisheries," Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard said in a statement.
Global Citizen campaigns on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, including issues that affect the environment. You can take action here.
Humanity Has Killed 83% of All Wild Mammals and Half of All Plants: Study
Of all the birds left in the world, 70% are poultry chickens and other farmed birds. Read More
7 Eco-Friendly Alternatives to Plastic Straws to Help Save the Oceans
“It’s not that hard to give up straws.” Read More
Paul McCartney's New Song Completely Blasts Climate-Denying World Leaders
The Beatles frontman wrote a climate change ballad. Read More