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Marine Planning

MPAs

"Pacific Canada is one of the most diverse and productive marine environments in the world ‐ we rely on it in many ways, as a source of food, employment, recreation and spiritual renewal. We want to build on and protect this richness for present and future generations." CDN-BC MPA Network Strategy

Pacific Canada’s first MPA was designated in 1911 (as part of Strathcona Provincial Park) for the protection of marine values, and Pacific Canada currently has a total of 187 MPAs covering 28% of our coastline and 2.8 percent of our Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).

Current MPA processes:

  • Canada-BC MPA Network Strategy
  • Scott Island National Wildlife Area Proposal
  • Hecate Strait Glass Sponge Reef Area of Interest
  • Gwaii Haanas National Marine Conservation Area
  • Southern Strait of Georgia NMCA proposal