Thursday, November 23, 2006

 

CBC article: Mapping race for ocean riches underway

Canada is trying to chart new territory off the East Coast and in the Arctic to claim the resources below, but the right to stake that claim has turned into a race against the clock.

The Canadian Coast Guard icebreaker Louis St. Laurent has spent four months in the Arctic laying plotting points on the outer edge of the continental shelf, an underwater mountainside that slopes as deep as 3,000 metres under the sea and ice.

"Once the edge is defined and that data is submitted to the United Nations, once that's approved, then that's Canada's territory," said Capt. Andrew MacNeil.

Dick MacDougall, with the Hydrographic Service of Canada, the agency that makes ocean maps, says the area in the East Coast is a million square kilometres, while the area in the Arctic is about 750,000 square kilometres.

"It's roughly the size of the three prairie provinces, to which Canada would have the rights to the sea bed, the resources on the sea bed and the resources below the sea bed," said MacDougall.

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/newfoundland-labrador/story/2006/11/21/map-ocean.html

Don't confuse this with custodial management or ownership of the fish in the seas above our continental shelf. This is just for the sedentary species like clams and the oil and gas below our continental shelf.

The Terrorist fishing activities being conducted by foreign nations with OTTawa's approval at worse and capitulation at best will continue unabated as long as it is in the best interest of the MAJOPRITY of canadians ON/QC even though it is killing the province which depends upon that resource for a living.

But then again we will never be able to lay claim to the continental shelf unless we can delineate it. So I guess it is a step in the right direction even if it is a two step.

http://seamap.bio.ns.ca/seamapconcept.html

http://www.vocm.com/news-info.asp?id=13068
suskun
July 12, 2006

A St.John's company has won a $2 million contract to help provide ocean data to the federal government as part of Canada's efforts to define its jurisdictional boundaries offshore. Fugro GeoSurveys plans to do survey work on the Continental Slope off the Grand Banks and in the South Labrador Sea.

Canada ratifies United Nations Law of the Sea
http://www.dfait-maeci.gc.ca/department/focus/UNCLOS-en.asp
UNCLOS
http://www.lawofthesea.net/convention.htm
Comments:
Hi,

My name is Matthew Griffin-Allwood, I'm a graduate architecture student at dalhousie university. I'm writing my thesis about Sable Island National park. The images of the continental shelf around newfoundland and nova scotia you posted are stunning! I'd love to use them as a base for some analysis drawings I'm making. Do you have higher detail versions? Or can you direct me to the creator so I can find out how to get them?

Best

Matthew
 
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