What is a feasibility study?
A feasibility study explores the option, through studies and consultations, of creating a national marine conservation area. Is an NMCA both practical and desirable? Can the goals of an NMCA be achieved in the study area? Is broad, community-based support present, especially with local residents, First Nations and stakeholder groups?
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A final decision is not made until the feasibility study has been completed.
Technical studies and research to better understand the area include information gathering and mapping on:
- water quality
- marine biodiversity and habitat
- marine transportation
- cultural resources
- economic resources and uses
- other marine uses, and
- potential for ecologically sustainable use