Why Canada Created Two Ocean Sanctuaries

Someone said it right that everything has positive as well as negative aspects. On one side, we are moving towards advancement, and on the other side, the Arctic is having turbulent times. It is heating up so quickly because of global warming, and moreover, drilling, fishing, and mining are making it worse.

But Canada is trying to make a change. Yes, Canada has again proved that it is one of the leading countries that think about the protection of endangered animals. The government of Canada has opened two large ocean sanctuaries in order to preserve some areas that are very important for the life of the arctic.

Will This Be Enough?

Sea ice and glaciers are melting and these sanctuaries do not have the capability to put an end to it. But, the sanctuaries, which cover an area of almost 165,000 square miles, will offer protection from drilling, fishing, and mining. Ultimately, it will help to balance the overall ecosystem, and save the lives of animals.

Name of the Area and its Significance

The name of this area is Tuvaijuittuq. It is a Marine Protected Area. The name means “the place where the ice never melts.” It is the Inuit name of the area located on the northern coast of an island called Ellesmere in Nunavut. It is one of the last remaining places where the bitter heat of summer cannot melt the sea ice.

Fisheries in Canada are of the opinion that this area has the thickest and oldest sea ice in the entirety of the Arctic. These protections potentially make this area a unique habitat for several species, such as seals, polar bears, walrus, and many more.

Justin Trudeau, Canadian Prime Minister, was of the opinion that freezing human activities here will keep the ice in its true form.

Main Objective

There is no doubt that the foremost objective of opening these sanctuaries is to save the wildlife of Canada. Yes, this area is capable of saving the lives of many endangered animals. From narwhals to polar bears, bird species to walruses, this area will thrive in the ecosystem. 

However, hunting and Inuit movements are permitted as these are not excessive and considered as scientific research.