Environmental group says Canada needs to do better at protecting its oceans

An environmental group says Canada needs to up its game on protecting its oceans.

The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society says there's been progress in recent years, but recommendations from international scientific bodies suggest there's still more work to do.

Report author Sabine Jessen says Canada is likely to exceed its target of protecting 10 per cent of its seas by next year more than meeting its international commitments.

She says a large international conservation union of governments and scientists suggests it will take at least a 30 per cent effort worldwide to ensure all ocean habitats are protected.

The wilderness society's report says Canada could get more than halfway toward that goal simply by completing projects already in the works to protect marine areas.

The report notes that saving Canada's seas is also good business.

It quotes Statistics Canada figures indicating more than 100-thousand Canadian jobs are directly tied to fisheries and nearly 60-thousand to ocean ecotourism.