Kelp forests are home and feeding grounds for species like killer whales, sea otters, and salmon and once stretched for hundreds of kilometers. Now, Canada prioritizes business over biodiversity. Shipping laws are so weak that ships from around the world will cross into Canada's oceans to dump their waste directly into the ocean.

Were this to happen on land, global citizens could see that Canada is promoting aquatic clear-cutting of the kelp forests, but it’s happening just below the ocean surface.

The impact of this dumping os the near total destruction of the kelp forests. In short, from killer whales to the plant life, nothing can escape this pollution and habitat loss if nothing changes. That is why works to protect the ocean, restore biodiversity, and pass legal protections.

Killer whale breaching ocean

How are ships getting away with this destruction? Canada has no laws in place to stop them from dumping.

Not just a "Canadian problem", ships from far and wide can cross the Canadian maritime border simply to dump waste into the sea kelp forest (including raw sewage). Water doesn’t respect maritime borders and neither does pollution; global oceans need your help.

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Only 73 Southern Resident Killer Whales remain

At one time kelp forests stretched for kilometers. Now the habitat is fractured- subject to deadly heat waves and red tides. Were this destruction to be visible above the surface, global citizens could see the results: Canada’s shipping laws are promoting aquatic clear-cutting.

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