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Activity application for SGaan Kinghlas-Bowie Seamount MPA

2. The Application Process

Who should apply for an activity approval?


Anyone wishing to conduct scientific research, monitoring, educational or commercial marine tourism activities in the area is required to submit an activity plan that addresses the information required by the Regulations governing the MPA. It is advisable to consult the regulations to learn what activities are allowed in the MPA before starting the application process.

How do I apply?


Those proposing to conduct an activity in the SK-B MPA should contact the MPA management team to obtain the current Activity Plan Submission Form. The regulations, SK-B Management Plan, and the checklist should be reviewed by applicants prior to submission to ensure that all required information has been included.

When should I apply?


The regulations specify that applications must be submitted not less than 60 days before the day on which the activity is proposed to begin. It is recommended that you contact the MPA management team well in advance of the application period to seek guidance regarding completion of the application and raise any concerns that should be addressed prior to the official submission of the application.

How does the application process work?


Fully completed applications must be submitted to the MPA management team in order to be processed. The application will be reviewed by the MPA management team made up of CHN and DFO representatives, and other subject-matter experts (as required), who will then submit recommendations to approve or deny the activity to the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans and CHN. The MPA regulations, the SK-B Management Plan, and other documents provide criteria against which the application is evaluated; applicants will be contacted if clarification is needed on any aspects of the application or proposed activities.

What is required for an activity to be approved?


The basic requirements for activity approval are described in section 5 of the regulations and are limited to scientific research, monitoring, educational or commercial marine tourism activities. Proposed research activities must not contravene the conservation objective identified for the MPA and should be consistent with the SK-B management Plan’s goals and objectives.

Use the checklist to make sure that all required information is included. Additional information may be requested to ensure sound management of the Area. Although your request will be assessed based only on the required elements, the review can be expedited and facilitated if you provide more information.

How long does it take to receive a decision?


A decision on the activity plan must be made within 30 days of the date the final version of the plan is received.

Is a follow-up report required?


There is no regulatory requirement for a post-activity report. However, MPA managers may request that copies of any study, report or other work that is related to the conservation and protection of the MPA be submitted to assist in the ongoing management of the Area.

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