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?

Visitors to Gulf Islands Visitors to Gulf Islands National Park Reserve
© Parks Canada / Bill Henwood

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:

  • fisheries
  • water quality
  • marine biodiversity and habitat
  • marine transportation
  • recreation
  • cultural resources
  • economic resources and uses
  • other marine uses, and
  • potential for ecologically sustainable use