Selecting coastal marine protected areas

On behalf of the Government of Canada, Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) is leading the development of a national network of marine protected areas. DFO has begun a process to develop a marine protected area network plan for the coastal and offshore waters of Scotian Shelf Bioregion.

This short feedback form is an opportunity for you to help identify coastal areas to be included in the marine protected area network plan for Scotian Shelf Bioregion. The feedback received from this consultation process will be considered in the development of the draft marine protected area network plan. This draft plan is anticipated to be available for review in 2017.

The marine protected area network plan will identify priority areas for future protection. The process for identifying coastal priority areas will begin with a focus on Ecologically and Biologically Significant Areas (EBSAs) that have been identified for the Atlantic coast of Nova Scotia and the Bay of Fundy (see map below). Not all of these areas will become marine protected areas. The decision on areas (including certain EBSAs or portions of EBSAs) to be included in the marine protected area network plan will be guided by science and take into account the views of the public, other government agencies, Aboriginal groups, and interested stakeholders. Every effort will be made to select areas of high ecological value, while also minimizing potential economic impacts.

Coastal and offshore waters of the Scotian Shelf Bioregion (depicted using DFO Maritimes Region boundaries)

Coastal and offshore waters of the Scotian Shelf Bioregion (depicted using DFO Maritimes Region boundaries)

Ecologically and Biologically Significant Areas (EBSAs) in DFO Maritimes Region
Scale 1:2 100 000

Important note: Not all EBSAs will become MPAs

Ecologically and Biologically Significant Areas (EBSAs) in DFO Maritimes Region Scale 1:2 100 000
Ref # EBSA Ref # EBSA Ref # EBSA
1 Cabot Strait (between Cape North and St. Paul Island) 19 Sugar Harbour Islands 37 Outer Tusket Islands
2 Aspy Bay 20 Country Harbour Islands 38 Southwest Scotian Shelf
3 Ingonish Bays 21 Tobacco Island 39 Brier Island, Digby Neck
4 Western Sydney Bight 22 Eastern Shore Archipelago 40 Machias Seal Island
5 Bird Islands 23 Musquodoboit Harbour and Surrounding Areas 41 Southwest Grand Manan
6 Indian Bay - Lingan Bay 24 Cole Harbour - Lawrencetown 42 Right Whale Conservation Area
7 Big Glace Bay 25 Outer Halifax Harbour 43 Flagg Cove, Whale Cove, Grand Manan
8 Morien Bay 26 Sambro Ledges 44 Long Eddy, NE Grand Manan
9 Scatarie Island 27 St. Margarets Bay 45 The Wolves, White Island
10 Portnova Islands 28 Mahone Bay 46 Whole of Quoddy Region
11 Islet off of Baleine 29 Pearl Island 47 Tongue Shoal, Passamaquoddy
12 Harbour Rock 30 LaHave Islands and Surrounding Areas 48 Sam Orr Pond, Passamaquoddy
13 Rocks off Cape Fourchu 31 Medway Harbour Area 49 Head Harbour, West Isles, the Passages
14 Green Island 32 Port Joli and Surrounding Areas 50 Maces Bay
15 Guyon Island 33 Green Point to Ram Island 51 Musquash Estuary
16 Point Michaud and Basque Islands 34 Cape Sable Island 52 Modiolus Reefs
17 Bras d'Or Lakes 35 Bon Portage Island 53 Mary's Point, Chignecto Bay
18 The Canso Ledges 36 Lobster Bay Area 54 Evangeline, Blomodin, Minas Basin

Related information

For more information on EBSAs identified in the Bay of Fundy, see: Buzeta, M-I. 2014. Identification and review of Ecologically and Biologically Significant Areas in the Bay of Fundy. DFO. Can. Sci. Advis. Sec. Res. Doc. 2013/065. vi + 59 p.

For more information on EBSAs identified on the Atlantic coast of Nova Scotia, see: Hastings, K., King, M., and K. Allard, 2014. Ecologically and Biologically Significant Areas in the Atlantic coastal region of Nova Scotia. Can. Tech. Rep. Fish. Aquat. Sci. 3107:xii + 174 p.

Contact us

Attention: MPA Network Planning
Oceans and Coastal Management Division
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Bedford Institute of Oceanography PO Box 1006, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
B2Y 4A2
Phone: 902-426-9919
Fax: 902-426-9909
MaritimesMPAs@dfo-mpo.gc.ca

Please feel free to contact us for further information.

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