The map presents the current 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.

Once completed, the system of national marine conservation areas will represent Canada’s 29 marine regions spanning its three oceans and the Great Lakes. With the addition of Tallurutiup Imanga National Marine Conservation Area in 2019, six of Canada’s 29 marine regions are represented making the system 21 percent complete, and protecting 122,846 square kilometres of Canada’s marine and freshwater ecosystems.
The purpose of the map is to illustrate the 29 marine regions of Canada including which are presently represented by a national marine conservation area, as well as those regions with active proposals. Canada's 29 marine regions are as follows::

Pacific Ocean

  1. Hecate Strait (Gwaii Haanas National Marine Conservation Area Reserve, and Haida Heritage Site
  2. Queen Charlotte Shelf (Gwaii Haanas National Marine Conservation Area Reserve, and Haida Heritage Site
  3. Queen Charlotte Sound 
  4. Vancouver Island Shelf 
  5. Strait of Georgia (Proposed national marine conservation area reserve in the southern Strait of Georgia)

Arctic Ocean

  1. Arctic Basin (Proposed national marine conservation area in Arctic Basin) 
  2. Beaufort Sea 
  3. Arctic Archipelago 
  4. Queen Maud Gulf 
  5. Lancaster Sound (Represented by Tallurutiup Imanga National Marine Conservation Area
  6. Baffin Island Shelf 
  7. Foxe Basin 
  8. Hudson Bay 
  9. James Bay (Proposed national marine conservation area in Eastern James Bay)

Atlantic Ocean

  1. Hudson Strait 
  2. Labrador Shelf 
  3. Newfoundland Shelf 
  4. North Gulf Shelf 
  5. St. Lawrence Estuary (Represented by Saguenay-St. Lawrence Marine Park
  6. Magdalen Shallows (Proposed marine protected area adjacent to the Îles de la Madeleine
  7. Laurentian Channel 
  8. The Grand Banks 
  9. Scotian Shelf 
  10. The Bay of Fundy

Great Lakes

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

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