Partnership Launched for Aquatic Stewardship

The Canadian Wildlife Federation and the Canadian Yachting Association have signed a Memorandum of Understanding recognizing their shared interest in the health of lakes and oceans and the special connection sailors have to habitats and wildlife.

“This is a watershed moment for aquatic stewardship and I’m honoured to sit at the helm with the Canadian Yachting Association,” said. “By participating in sailing events, conducting public lectures, creating an online community of sailors, and supporting water education ambassadors, CWF and its partners inspire experiential learning about responsible boating and racing, marine and fresh water wildlife in distress, environmental hazards, aquatic wildlife and best practices.”

The MoU was signed at the preview night for the Toronto International Boat Show Jan. 13 at the Direct Energy Centre. Several Olympic athletes were in attendance.

“CYA and CWF have several commonly held goals and objectives,” said Paddy Boyd, Executive Director  of the Canadian Yachting Association. “By partnering on wildlife, environmental and conservation leadership, we will achieve a greater capacity for public education.”

CWF, through its Sail for Wildlife program, is a keen supporter of sailing through their partnership with the 2012 Transat Quebec Saint-Malo. The Transat is the only continuous west-to-east offshore double-handed race in the world. The race promotes the ports of Québec City and Saint-Malo, France and showcases the challenging St. Lawrence River. The MoU will allow CYA and CWF to develop further partnerships in this area.

CWF also provided signed copies of the best-selling children’s book Larry the Loon to members of the yachting association.  This beautifully illustrated and true story has become a national best-seller, with proceeds dedicated to CWF for conservation programs. The success of this project demonstrates what we can achieve when we become aware that we share our space with marine wildlife, Luzny said.

Photo: Paddy Boyd, Executive Director of the Canadian Yachting Association (left) and Wade Luzny, CEO-Executive Vice President of the Canadian Wildlife Federation.

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