CANADA POSITIVE OCEANS INDEX
Canada’s overall Positive Oceans Index score is 7.2, ranking it in 3rd place out of 30 countries. This is thanks to its high scores for Marine Biodiversity at 8.8 and Coastal Development and Infrastructure at 8.4.
Canada has one of the lowest Coastal Tourism Density at 80 tourist per coastal kilometre. It scores high on water, wastewater and solid waste management, as well as availability of drinking water and sanitation. It also has the 2nd lowest Coastal Industry Density, at 1 heavy industry facility per 1'083 kilometres of coastline.
The country’s score are lower for Marine Recreational Activities and Marine Protection and Conservation. White it does have a very low Recreational Marine Estate Pressure at 5 people per square kilometres of marine estate, it operates several captive marine animals attractions. Canada banned dolphins and whales in captivity in 2019. However, the legislation allows Vancouver Aquarium and Marineland in Niagara Falls, the only two facilities in Canada that still house cetaceans, to continue to keep their animals as long as they do not breed or bring in any new individuals. In addition, Canada has a low MPAs coverage at 0.4%.
At A Glance
Total Marine Estate
Marine Protected Areas
Sustainable Marine Parks
Coastal Tourism Density