Ottawa announces $13 million for Canada's coastal habitats on World Oceans Day

VANCOUVER — The federal government marked World Oceans Day on Saturday by announcing $13 million in new funding for Canada's coastal ecosystems.

Federal Fisheries Minister Jonathan Wilkinson says the money would support an additional 24 projects under Ottawa's Coastal Restoration Fund to help restore habitats along Canada's shorelines.

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It's the third instalment distributed to the fund, which has previously supported 40 projects across the country.

According to the ministry, the projects include recovering wild salmon habitats affected by climate change and mitigating the impacts of infrastructure development on coastal ecosystems.

Wilkinson also announced a $5 million investment in nine new data collection projects in the ports of Vancouver and Prince Rupert, B.C., in order to assess the impacts of shipping traffic and climate change on the coast.

Both are part of the federal government's $1.5 billion Oceans Protection Plan launched in 2016.

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