December 19, 2016 10:53 ET
OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Dec. 19, 2016) - Canada is taking action to protect marine biodiversity, ecosystem function and special natural features by proposing St. Anns Bank in Nova Scotia as a Marine Protected Area (MPA) under Canada's Oceans Act.
Located east of Cape Breton in Nova Scotia, St. Anns Bank has many ecologically significant features, including unique habitats and areas of high biodiversity and biological productivity. It is home to a number of at-risk species such as the Atlantic wolffish and is a summer foraging area for the endangered leatherback turtle.
The Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, announced today the launch of a 45-day public consultation period that ends January 31, 2017, as part of the pre-publication of the proposed regulations in Canada Gazette Part I. The Government of Canada will consider comments provided by the public during the consultation period to formulate the final regulations that will establish and govern the new MPA.
"The Government of Canada is proud to propose St. Anns Bank as Canada's next Marine Protected Area. I am looking forward to continuing this important work with local government and stakeholders to see increased marine protection in this exceptional ocean area."
The Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard
Proposal to Designate St. Anns Bank as a Marine Protected Area
St. Anns Bank AOI
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