National Marine Conservation Areas (NMCA), are established and managed to protect and conserve representative marine areas for the benefit, education and enjoyment of the people of Canada and the world. The purpose of NMCAs is to achieve ecological sustainability in these areas, create enjoyable experiences for visitors, promote awareness and understanding among Canadians, and provide benefits for Indigenous peoples and coastal communities.

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Parks Canada is consulting with individuals and stakeholder groups with an interest in national marine conservation areas (NMCA). The Agency is revising its policy for NMCA and is in the early stages of developing regulations under the Canada National Marine Conservation Areas Act. This revision will help ensure that representative examples of Canada’s marine heritage are protected and conserved today, and for future generations.

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