Recognize the Bay of Fundy on World Oceans Day

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Canadians encouraged to support Bay of Fundy in global New7Wonders of Nature campaign

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“It’s a chance to celebrate oceans and to help Canada claim its place among the New Seven Wonders of Nature.”

All Canadians have the opportunity to support the Bay of Fundy on a very special day, June 8, World Oceans Day, a global initiative to celebrate and build awareness about the importance and need to conserve the world’s oceans.

This year, Canada’s most significant ocean bay, the Bay of Fundy, is a finalist in an international quest to determine the New7Wonders of Nature. The Bay of Fundy is the only Canadian entry among 28 finalists in the global campaign. Other worldwide ocean finalists include Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, Vietnam’s Halong Bay and New Zealand’s Milford Sound.

Bay of Fundy Tourism leads Canada’s campaign to have the Bay of Fundy recognized as one of the New7Wonders of Nature. Executive director Terri McCulloch suggests voting for the Bay of Fundy, and other ocean finalists, as an ideal way to celebrate World Oceans Day.

“With the online voting system, people can vote for seven of the top 28 finalists. World Oceans Day seems like a perfect chance to support several of the world’s most significant ocean wonders and Canada’s Bay of Fundy is one of the most impressive,” McCulloch explains. “It’s a chance to celebrate oceans and to help Canada claim its place among the New Seven Wonders of Nature.”

There is good reason to participate in the [New7Wonders voting online on June 8. The Bay of Fundy is home to the world’s highest tides, with more than 100 billion tones of sea water flowing in and out twice a day, more than the combined daily flow of the world’s freshwater rivers.

The Bay of Fundy’s spectacularly diverse marine ecosystem supports a world-renowned array of marine life including sea turtles, sharks, porpoise, dolphin, whales and seals. One of the more notable inhabitants of the Bay is the North Atlantic Right Whale, an endangered species that is studied closely in its habitat in the Bay of Fundy.

Dr. Moira Brown, senior scientist with the Canadian Whale Institute, says the Bay of Fundy’s ocean currents and tides create perfect conditions to support large patches of plankton, which, in turn, draw as many as 200 Right Whales to the Bay each summer. Brown spends her days cataloguing and observing Right Whales and occasionally rescuing them from fishing nets as part of the Campobello Island Whale Rescue Team.

“We can see as many as half the world’s population of Right Whales in the Bay of Fundy during a summer. Right Whales return each year and bring their calves to spend the summer in the Bay of Fundy. The Bay of Fundy Nova Scotia is one of the only locations where people can see endangered species in its vibrant marine habitat. It’s a spectacular and very rare wildlife experience, and one that makes the Bay of Fundy one of the most notable marine locations on the planet,” Dr. Brown says.

Canadians can vote for free online for the Bay of Fundy as the New7Wonders of the world and other ocean wonders at http://www.votemyfundy.com . They can also vote for the Bay of Fundy from their mobile phones by texting FUNDY to 77077 ($0.25 per text vote). Voting continues until New7Wonders of Nature declaration day November 11, 2011.

About the Bay of Fundy The Bay of Fundy is a 270 km (170 mile) long ocean bay that stretches between the provinces of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia on Canada’s east coast. The Bay of Fundy is best known for the highest tides in the world and has been compared, in marine biodiversity, to the Amazon Rainforest. The Bay is the summer feeding area for half the world’s population of endangered North Atlantic Right Whales and 12 other whale species. It is home to the world’s most complete fossil record of the “Coal Age” (300 million years ago) as well as Canada’s oldest dinosaurs. The Bay of Fundy is home to two UNESCO Biosphere Reserves (Bay of Fundy & Southwest Nova) as well as the Joggins Fossil Cliffs UNESCO World Heritage Site and the Stonehammer Geopark in Saint John.

About Bay of Fundy Tourism Bay of Fundy Tourism is the official nominating committee of the Bay of Fundy in the New7Wonders of Nature campaign. The organization’s mandate is to raise the profile of the Bay of Fundy as a Canadian nature tourism icon. This non-profit association is supported by Nova Scotia Tourism, Culture & Heritage; New Brunswick Tourism & Parks; the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), and Regional Development & Tourism Associations.

About World Ocean’s Day
World Oceans Day was officially recognized by the United Nations as June 8th each year beginning in 2009. The concept was proposed on June 8, 1992 by Canada at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and it had been unofficially celebrated every year since then as World Oceans Day.

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