Our purpose is "to secure a healthy environment in which we and future generations can prosper."
This is why we're here. Defra helps people adapt to the changes involved in building a low-carbon, resource-efficient economy. We deal with environmental risks and work towards securing a sustainable society and a healthy environment.
Our priorities -we focus on achieving these through everything we do - are to:
Secure a healthy natural environment for us all and deal with environmental risks
Promote a sustainable, low-carbon and resource-efficient economy
Ensure a thriving farming sector and a sustainable, healthy and secure food supply
We lead for Government on the Public Service Agreement (PSA) on the natural environment.
Snow crab fishery closes to protect right whales Canada
Fisheries and Oceans Canada decided the closure of snow crab season in the Southern Gulf of St. Lawrence with the aim of protecting North Atlantic right whales from risks posed by the crustacean fishing gear in the area.