Shell Canada allows for marine protected area

Shell Canada is helping make way for the creation of a protected marine area off the coast of British Columbia. The area provides habitat for birds such as the tufted puffin. ©Mike’s birds

Shell Canada is helping make way for Canada’s first protected marine area under the Canada Wildlife Act by giving up its offshore exploration rights. The company gave up its right to explore for gas and oil in about 50,000 square kilometers off the coast of British Columbia to help with the creation of the Scott Islands marine National Wildlife Area. The area, which was first established in June, provides important breeding and nesting habitat for 40 percent of the province’s seabirds, including 90 percent of Canada’s tufted puffins (Fratercula cirrhata) and 95 percent of Pacific Canada’s common murres (Uria aalge).

Read more in the Financial Post.