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.
Ecologically and Biologically Significant Areas (EBSAs) in DFO Maritimes Region
Scale 1:2 100 000
Important note: Not all EBSAs will become MPAs
|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|
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 usAttention: MPA Network Planning
Oceans and Coastal Management Division
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Bedford Institute of Oceanography PO Box 1006, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
Please feel free to contact us for further information.
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