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Public Opinion on Marine Protected Areas 2019

May 1, 2019

Objectives. Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, the David Suzuki Foundation, West Coast EnvironmentalLaw Association and WWF-Canada commissioned this research to fulfill the following objectives:

  • Establish a representative perspective of how Canadians view the ocean and ocean protection,including why they value the ocean;
  • Identify and quantify provincial/regional variations in perspectives (particularly for Nova Scotia andNewfoundland and Labrador) and identify drivers of these differences;
  • Identify specific issues that motivate support for conservation or prevent Canadians from beingsupportive of marine protection, with emphasis on economic and regional issues;
  • Identify frames that motivate Canadians to care for, and act on, matters of ocean health; and,
  • Establish if Canadians' perspectives of marine protection have changed since 2016.