Canada Protects Pacific Coral Reef

Canada Protects Pacific Coral Reef

Canada Implements Fishing Ban to Safeguard Pacific Coral Reef


Canada has taken a decisive step to protect its only known live coral reef in the Pacific Ocean by banning all commercial and recreational bottom-contact fishing, including midwater trawling, in the vicinity of the reef. This landmark decision, effective from February 14, 2024, aims to preserve the ecological integrity of the Lophelia Reef located in Finlayson Channel, northern British Columbia. Recognized for its unique biodiversity, cultural significance, and being the northernmost reef in the Pacific, the area is under consideration for further protection as a National Marine Conservation Area Reserve.

Collaborative Discovery and Conservation Efforts


The discovery and mapping of the reef were the result of joint efforts by the Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO), scientists, and indigenous communities, showcasing a successful collaboration in marine conservation. The indefinite closure reflects Canada’s commitment to ocean conservation and its dedication to protecting marine biodiversity against the impacts of climate change and human activities.

A Unique Marine Ecosystem


The Lophelia Reef, alongside its neighboring glass sponge reefs, represents a globally unique ecosystem, highlighting the importance of preserving such natural treasures. This initiative underscores the critical need for sustainable fishing practices and the role of protective measures in ensuring the health and resilience of marine ecosystems for future generations.