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Creating New National Marine Conservation Areas of Canada

Completing the National Marine Conservation Areas System - Text Version 

The map presents the National Marine Conservation Areas of Canada system.
Parks Canada’s long-term goal is to establish at least one national marine conservation area in each of Canada’s marine regions.

The system of national marine conservation areas represents Canada’s marine regions spanning its three oceans and the Great Lakes. With the addition of the Gwaii Haanas National Marine Conservation Area Reserve and Haida Heritage Site in 2010, five of Canada’s 29 marine regions are represented making the system 17 percent complete, protecting 14,846 square kilometres of Canada’s marine and freshwater ecosystems.

The purpose of map is to identify the 29 marine regions of Canada including whether or not they are presently represented by a national marine conservation area.
Canada's 29 marine regions are as follows:

Pacific Ocean

  1. Hecate Strait (Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve, National Marine Conservation Area Reserve, and Haida Heritage Site
  2. Queen Charlotte Shelf (Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve, National Marine Conservation Area Reserve, and Haida Heritage Site
  3. Queen Charlotte Sound 
  4. Vancouver Island Shelf 
  5. Strait of Georgia (Proposed Southern Strait of Georgia National Marine Conservation Area Reserve Feasibility Study)

Great Lakes

  1. Lake Superior (Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area of Canada
  2. Georgian Bay (Fathom Five National Marine Park of Canada
  3. Lake Huron 
  4. Lake Erie 
  5. Lake Ontario

Atlantic Ocean

  1. Hudson Strait 
  2. Labrador Shelf 
  3. Newfoundland Shelf 
  4. North Gulf Shelf 
  5. St. Lawrence Estuary (Saguenay-St. Lawrence Marine Park
  6. Magdalen Shallows (Study on the creation of a Marine Protected Area in Îles-de-la-Madeleine
  7. Laurentian Channel 
  8. The Grand Banks 
  9. Scotian Shelf 
  10. The Bay of Fundy

Arctic Ocean

  1. Arctic Basin 
  2. Beaufort Sea 
  3. Arctic Archipelago 
  4. Queen Maud Gulf 
  5. Lancaster Sound (Proposed Lancaster Sound National Marine Conservation Area Feasibility Assessment
  6. Baffin Island Shelf 
  7. Foxe Basin 
  8. Hudson Bay 
  9. James Bay

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