The Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast announced the Conservation Agreement today, which supports the continuation of the ECHO Program. The agreement brings together the Department of Fisheries, Oceans, and the Canadian Coast Guard, Transport Canada, Vancouver Fraser Port Authority (VFPA), Pacific Pilotage Authority (PPA), and the commercial marine sector. It extends the voluntary measures designed to reduce the impact of large commercial vessels and hopes to attain an 80% participation rate. Since the Salish Sea is bi-national waters, shared between Canada and the USA, these voluntary measures can establish effective measures and guidelines in a way that traditional regulation cannot, as it would be outside the Government of Canada’s jurisdiction. This agreement is the first of its kind in Canada and may prove to be a model for future agreements/partnerships to protect Canadian Coasts.