Saguenay-St. Lawrence Marine Park

Saguenay-St. Lawrence Marine Park

September 01, 2009 14:21 ET

Saguenay-St. Lawrence Marine Park to Hold Group Workshop to Prepare Marine Activity Management Plan

TADOUSSAC, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Sept. 1, 2009) - The Saguenay-St. Lawrence Marine Park will be holding a group workshop on September 9 and 10, 2009, to prepare the Marine Activity Management Plan, as indicated in its Management Plan. The goal of this plan for the sustainable use of the marine park is to protect marine ecosystems and mammals and ensure the sustainability of marine activities.

The workshop will be divided into two components. Wednesday evening, September 9, which is open to the public, will be dedicated to presentations from experts, paving the way for the next day's activities and informing the public about the process. The state of marine mammal populations in the St. Lawrence Estuary, boat traffic in the marine park and global trends in sustainable tourism are the main topics that will be discussed. Information on the socio-economic aspect of marine tours will also be presented. This information evening will be held at the Tadoussac Hotel, at 6:00 pm.

On September 10, two focus groups will be held simultaneously. The first will be on the visitor experience and marketing. The second will be dealing with amendments to the Marine Activities in the Saguenay-St. Lawrence Marine Park Regulations. Only the stakeholders concerned directly by marine activities will take part on the second day.

The workshop will enable the Saguenay-St. Lawrence Marine Park to reach consensus with users on measures that take various viewpoints into consideration. This approach is in keeping with its collaborative management structure and its mandate, which is to increase the protection of ecosystems while promoting recreational, educational and scientific research activities.

The Saguenay-St. Lawrence Marine Park is part of a global network of protected marine environments. Its marine activities therefore have to meet international standards.

The 1,245 km2 marine park is the first in Quebec to protect and develop an exclusively marine environment. It is jointly managed by the governments of Quebec and Canada and is being developed in co-operation with local stakeholders.

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Contact Information

  • Parks Canada
    Priscille Bourque
    Communications Advisor
    Quebec department of sustainable development,
    environment and parks (MDDEP)
    Media Relations