Success for the snow belugas all around Québec!

  • Published on Mar 13 2014 |
  • This article is tagged as: milieux-marins |

Montréal, March 13, 2014 – With a new snowstorm battering the province, Quebecers showed that they want to take advantage of winter right until the end! Starting at noon today, mittens were donned to make not snowmen, but snow belugas instead. This is how to participate in the mybeluga.ca campaign, launched by CPAWS Québec, ROMM, CRE BSL, and Stratégies Saint-Laurent, to call for the establishment of marine protected areas in Québec.

An initiative which has been well received in all four corners of Québec
“In Bas-Saint-Laurent, people immediately loved the idea. It’s a unique action, which lets them do something for their marine areas, while at the same time having fun as a family,” states Marie-Eve Lagacé of CRE BSL.1

Héloïse Hernandez, of Stratégies Saint-Laurent, has noticed the same level of enthusiasm at the heart of their network of ZIP committees: “The Saint Lawrence River is at the heart of our culture and our lifestyle. Quebecers are very attached to it, and it is high time for us to protect our wonderful marine heritage!”

“I was in love with the idea of snow belugas right from the start!” grins Véronique Nolet, of ROMM.2 “I made mine right at the beginning of the campaign when it was very cold, and I am rather pleased with the result! Did you see it on the mybeluga.ca Google Map?” 

Some schools and universities, and even professionals are participating. Employees of MEC3 stores and of the Montréal Centre for Sustainable Development have even started a contest for the most beautiful snow beluga!

A chronic shortage of marine protected areas in Québec
The international objectives of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) set a conservation goal of at least 10% of coastal and marine areas by 2020. However, in 2014, Québec is still far from attaining these goals; only 1.3% of our marine environment is protected.
Last March 4, TransCanada officially presented its Energy East Pipeline Project which aims to construct a port for shipping oil in Cacouna, right in the middle of beluga breeding habitat.
Like Quebecers facing winter to build snow belugas, it is high time our decision-makers roll up their own sleeves and get to work protecting our unique heritage of marine biodiversity, which would contribute to the image of Québec worldwide.
 
1 Conseil régional de l’environnement du Bas-Saint-Laurent (www.crebsl.com)
2 Réseau d’observation de mammifères marins (www.romm.ca)
3 Mountain Equipment Coop (www.mec.ca)

 

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Informations and interviews :
Fanny Lloret, campaign manager mybeluga.ca, SNAP Québec
bur. 514.278.7627 x222
flloret@snapqc.org