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Lke Huron shoreline near Tobermory, the freshwater scuba capital of the world

Canada: Lake Huron Coastal Action Plan ready for release by year's end

The Lake Huron Centre for Coastal Conservation plans to release it’s Coastal Action Plan by mid-December.

The Lake Huron Centre for Coastal Conservation plans to release it’s Coastal Action Plan by mid-December.

The new Coastal Action Plan for the Southeastern Shoreline of Lake Huron will create a unified vision for Lake Huron coastal conservation and stewardship efforts for the shoreline between Sarnia and Tobermory. This plan will enable a coordinated approach to address common issues and goals of communities along the Lake Huron shoreline. The plan will develop a list of environmental management strategies by identifying valuable natural features and species, and the threats and stressors that negatively impact them.

Stewardship Coordinator Hannah Cann says they’ve spent the last three years studying the different eco-systems along the Sarnia to Tobermory shoreline and determined the stressors in each of those eco-systems.

“Common threats that are affecting our shoreline include point and non-point source pollution. This includes plastic pollution and different types of nutrient input.   And then we have threats like habitat loss and degradation through land use changes.”

Cann adds one of the most common threats along the entire shoreline is invasive species.

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Sarnia is a city in Southwestern Ontario, Canada, and had a 2016 population of 71,594. It is the largest city on Lake Huron and in Lambton County. Sarnia is located on the eastern bank of the junction between the Upper and Lower Great Lakes where Lake Huron flows into the St. Clair River, which forms the Canada–United States border, directly across from Port Huron, Michigan.

Tobermory is the capital, and until 1973 the only burgh on, the Isle of Mull in the Scottish Inner Hebrides. It is located on the east coast of Mishnish, the most northerly part of the island, near the northern entrance of the Sound of Mull. The village was founded as a fishing port in 1788; its layout was based on the designs of Dumfriesshire engineer Thomas Telford. It has a current population of about 1,000.

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