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Marine conservation network sites for the Scotian Shelf-Bay of Fundy Bioregion

Call for public feedback

Public engagement on the marine conservation network plan is open from April 29 to June 29, 2024.

Please visit our consultation page to learn how you can get involved or submit a survey.

A marine conservation network plan has been created for the Scotian Shelf-Bay of Fundy Bioregion. Use our interactive map below to explore the existing and proposed sites that make up the conservation network.

Feedback will be considered to finalize a marine conservation network plan for the bioregion. This conservation network plan is an important part of marine spatial planning in the region and will be periodically updated to guide regional spatial marine conservation work for years to come.

Map of proposed and existing sites in the Marine Conservation Network for the Scotian Shelf-Bay of Fundy Bioregion


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Marine conservation network map

This map shows existing and proposed conservation sites in the bioregion, which taken together form the marine conservation network plan. The proposed conservation network sites are organized into 2 tiers:

Other sites have also been identified through network planning. These are not considered part of the conservation network plan at this time.


Existing or proposed conservation areas are found within the coloured areas. The map shows:

Proposed conservation sites

Number Name
1 Cobequid Bay
2 Southern Bight
3 Chignecto Bay
4 Salmon Rivers
5 Bay of Fundy Horse Mussel Aggregations
6 West Isles and Passages
7 Long Eddy
8 South Grand Manan
9 Brier Island
10 Chebogue
11 Eel Bay
12 McNutts Island
13 Pemsɨk
14 LaHave Islands
15 Sambro Ledges-Prospect
16 Martinique Beach and Musquodoboit Harbour
17 St. Mary's (Napu'saqnuk) River and Estuary
18 Country Island
19 Canso Ledges-Sugar Harbour Islands
20 MacNamaras Island
21 Fleur-de-Lis Coast
22 Bird Islands
23 Ingonish
24 Aspy Bay
25 Bras d'Or Lake
26 Southwest Bank
27 Western Jordan Basin
28 Georges Bank
29 LaHave Basin
30 Scotian Gulf
31 Central Scotian Slope, Rise, and Abyss
32 Inner Shelf Sea Pen Field
33 Sable Island Bank
34 Logan Canyon
35 Canso Bank and Channels
36 Misaine Bank and Laurentian Channel
37 Eastern Shoal
38 Cold Seeps

Marine conservation network development

A marine conservation network is made up of many individual conservation areas, including Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) and Other Effective Area-Based Conservation Measures (OECMs).

Creating a well thought out bioregional network plan will result in better protection for marine species, habitats, and ecosystems. Networks support conservation over the long term, while also minimizing impacts on ocean users. Learn more about the approach used for creating the marine conservation network plan.

Activities in conservation areas

Every conservation area (MPA or OECM) is unique. The management measures in each new site depend on site-specific conservation objectives. These will be determined through a separate establishment process with additional in-depth consultation.

In 2019, the MPA Protection Standard was developed to provide greater consistency and clarity on prohibited activities in federal MPAs. The standard prohibits oil and gas exploration and exploitation, mining, dumping, and bottom trawling in all new federal MPAs. There is more flexibility with OECMs. Activities are assessed on a case-by-case basis to ensure effective biodiversity conservation.

Low-impact activities are often compatible with MPAs and OECMs. For example, sustainable coastal fisheries using fixed-gears (e.g., lobster) and ecotourism activities (e.g., kayaking, whale watching) are usually permitted in coastal conservation areas. Food, Social and Ceremonial (FSC) fishing by First Nations and Indigenous communities is also generally permitted.

Contact us for help

Marine Planning and Conservation Program
Fisheries and Oceans Canada

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