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1 Conserving Marine Areas National Marine Conservation Areas (NMCA’s)

2 NMCAS: Who’s in Charge? Depends on location of area. – Parks Canada Within Nat. Parks and Historic Sites Establishment of MPA’s – Other Public Lands You are! – Conservation tasks – Education – Voting – Private Lands Landowners

3 NMCA: Why and What? They are areas managed for sustainable use and containing a smaller zone of high protection-Why? They may contain the sea floor, water column, estuaries, islands, etc. Protected from a variety of potentially harmful practices (Drilling, dumping, mining, overfishing etc.)

4 NMCA: How? Identify Marine Areas – Geological features (cliffs, beaches, etc) – Marine features (tides, ice, salinity, etc) – Biota (Plants, birds, fish, mammals) – Archaeologically and historically significant. Then, based upon the standards above make and area a candidate for listing as a NMCA.

5 NMCA: How? Selecting a site depends upon many factors including… – Importance for maintaining biodiversity – Critical habitat for endangered species – Exceptional natural/cultural features – Minimizing conflict with resource users – Threats to sustainability (i.e. protecting spawning grounds) – Aboriginal claims and uses

6 NMCA: How? Is creating a NMCA feasible? – Requires the cooperation of other federal departments/provincial/territorial governments – Local communities, regional stakeholders, Aboriginal peoples. Based on a feasibility study… – Negotiate and agreement (amongst parties above) Establishment!!!! – Canada National Marine Conservation Areas Act

7 Marine Protected Areas (MPA’s) Who’s in Charge Canada Department of Fisheries and Oceans Users of the Resource (commercial and non commercial) Managed within a specific plan for that MPA

8 MPA’s: Why and What? Areas established by the DFO to protect: – Commercial and non-commercial fishery resources and habitats Gilbert Bay Cod – Endangered marine species and their habitats Basin Head Irish moss – Unique habitats Endeavor Hydrothermal Vents (Pacific) – Highly diverse and productive areas Musquash Estuary Why is protection of these things important???

9 NMCA vs. MPA: What’re the main differences? Run by Parks Canada Focuses on cultural and historical sites Focus include other species Often sites are established for education and enjoyment Think: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (National Wildlife Refuges) Run by Canada’s DFO Focus: Commercial and Non commercial fishery resources and habitats Endangered marine species Unique habitats and those of high diversity and prod. Think: U.S.’s NOAA NMFS NMCA MPA

10 Marine Wildlife Areas (MWA’s): Who’s in Charge? Environment Canada Established as an amendment to the Canada Wildlife Act, these areas are part of the greater National Wildlife Areas in Canada. – Extended Canadian protection to 200 naut. Miles From shore. – Offshore and coastal habitats include areas where migratory birds may feed, molt, overnight, Ice flows, etc.

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