Marine protected areas (MPAs) and their regulations

Protection of important fish and marine mammal habitats and endangered marine species.

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About MPAs

How MPAs conserve, manage and protect nature.


How MPAs are established and managed under the Oceans Act.

Anguniaqvia niqiqyuam (Ung-u-niak-via Ni-kig-e-um)

Anguniaqvia niqiqyuam was designated on November 16, 2016, as an MPA under the Oceans Act.


This MPA off the Gaspé Peninsula contains species at risk and diverse molluscs and crustaceans.

Basin Head

Basin Head is located on the eastern tip of PEI, about 100 km east of Charlottetown.


One small Eastport MPA surrounds Round Island, and the second surrounds Duck Islands.

Endeavour Hydrothermal Vents

The Endeavour MPA is a seismically active area of seafloor formation and hydrothermal venting.

Gilbert Bay

This MPA is about 300 km from Happy Valley-Goose Bay on the southeast coast of Labrador.

The Gully

The Gully is about 200 km off the coast of Nova Scotia and east of Sable Island.

Hecate Strait

Composed of 3 individual areas in the Pacific Region, near the entrance to the Douglas Channel.

Laurentian Channel

The Laurentian Channel MPA is located about 150km off the southwest coast of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Musquash Estuary

This MPA is 20 km southwest of Saint John, NB, with the boundary defined by low tide water levels.

SGaan Kinghlas-Bowie Seamount

The SGaan Kinghlas-Bowie Seamount MPA is 180 km offshore and west of Haida Gwaii in the northeast Pacific.

St. Anns Bank

St. Anns Bank MPA, designated on World Ocean Day, 2017, is located east of Scatarie Island, off Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.

Tarium Niryutait

Canada's first Arctic MPA was officially announced in 2010 and consists of 3 individual areas.


Tuvaijuittuq MPA is located off the northwest coast of Ellesmere Island, Nunavut, in the Arctic Ocean.

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