The minister spoke to the issue of minimum standards since it has become an issue as we've moved forward with a focus on the 5% target and then the 10% target. As we've done that, we've realized exactly what you've raised. It has been raised as well by environmental groups and others for the last 20 years that standards need to be in there.
Interestingly, in the international forum, the minister was at the UN. He was at the Convention on Biological Diversity annual meeting last year. He was in Malta. In the discussion around marine protected areas, the focus continues to be on percentages—5% and 10%—and getting beyond those, etc., but the focus is becoming more on effectiveness. There is more of a focus on monitoring, evaluation, and standards.
That is something, as the minister has said, that we need to take a look at. We will have a group take a look at whether we already have some tools to address standards in the Oceans Act. We probably do. Should it be up to the committee and Parliament to decide whether standards should be in there? It is certainly something the minister is taking seriously, and we're also taking seriously the idea of determining appropriate standards.
It is complex, so we think it's going to take some time to look at, but that panel can't take a long period of time, because we do need to make sure we're addressing those concerns as we're establishing new marine protected areas.