Arctic Conservation

WCS Canada Comments - Recommendations on Northern Low Impact Shipping Corridors - July 2019
WCS Canada staff provide recommendations on an initiative to establish Low Impact Shipping Corridors through Arctic waters. We recommend a northward shift of the current corridor, which would avoid beluga and bowhead concentration areas, and would establish a noise buffer between the corridors and existing Marine Protected Areas.
WCS Canada Comments - Underwater Noise Management Plans Discussion Paper - March 2019
WCS Canada provides comments in response to Transport Canada's 2019 discussion paper, Reducing Underwater Vessel Noise through Underwater Noise Management Plans (UNMPs). We recommend that: i) UNMPs must be developed specifically for Arctic circumstances, ii) management at a fleet-level does not replace regional management or maximum noise limits, and iii) UNMPs need to be subject to regular review and continual refinement as our understanding of noise impacts continues to evolve.
WCS Canada Comments - Polar Knowledge Canada's 2020 to 2025 Research Plan and Strategic Plan - May 2018
WCS Canada arctic staff provide comments and recommendations are in response to a request for input from Polar Knowledge Canada (POLAR), which is in the process of developing its next 5-year Research Plan and broader agency-wide Strategic Plan to guide the agency’s future funding, programs and activities from 2020 to 2025.

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