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Canada | MP draws criticism for supporting O&G drilling within offshore no-take area

St. John's MP Nick Whalen is standing by a move to open oil exploration bids in a marine refuge that is closed to fishing, even though the move has drawn significant criticism from fish harvesters, scientists and conservation groups.

Last December, Fisheries and Oceans Canada announced the closure of what's called the Northeast Newfoundland Slope to bottom contact fishing. The closure was meant to protect sensitive sponges and corals, which are a vital fish habitat.


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