Oceans Program

There are approximately 6,500 islands, 37,000 kilometres of shoreline and about 450,000 square kilometres of ocean in British Columbia.

Our mandate is to implement Canada's Oceans Strategy, developed in accordance with the Oceans Act, using integrated oceans management and marine conservation tools.

We use a modern and coordinated approach to manage the impact of human activities on Canada’s oceans in a sustainable manner, creating a balance between protecting marine ecosystems and maintaining a prosperous economy.

Managing Canada’s Oceans

Marine protected areas (MPAs), areas of interest (AOI) and other measures