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1 Proposed National Marine Conservation Area Reserve Southern Strait of Georgia PROJECT UPDATE Spring 2012 National marine conservation areas (NMCAs) are established to protect, conserve and present examples of Canada s marine Canada, in partnership with the Government of British What s Inside Frequently Asked Questions... 2 Proposed Boundary...4 Map...6 Phased Implementation... 8 NMCA Background...9 Get Involved Contact Us...10 New Resources...10 (c) Mark Hiebert

2 FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS What is an NMCA? A national marine conservation area (NMCA) is a an NMCA has an additional What is the legislation? The Canada National Marine Conservation Areas Act enables the Government of Canada to What is an NMCA reserve? An NMCA reserve Benefits of an NMCA Protection and conservation of marine habitats, species, and water quality Ecologically sustainable use of marine resources Maintaining and restoring biological diversity and habitats Shared stewardship 2

3 NMCA BACKGROUND How are First Nations involved? relationship with the land and waters in the What are the benefits of an NMCA? How would an NMCA reserve be managed? Fisheries Act and Canada Shipping Act Canada National Marine Conservation Areas Act Education and visitor appreciation Sharing of traditional knowledge and scientific research Sustainable recreation and tourism, and associated economic benefits Collaboration with First Nations, local communities, stakeholders and governments Integrated planning and coordinated management 3

4 PROPOSED BOUNDARY What areas are included? The proposed boundary aims to: Gulf Islands National Park Reserve What areas are not included? Areas of High Tenure Concentration 4

5 Provincial Parks Rectangle Off Galiano and Valdes Islands What are your thoughts? EXAMPLE: Proposed excluded areas, 5

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8 PHASED IMPLEMENTATION What are your thoughts? Proposed Option for Phase 1 8

9 NMCA BACKGROUND Where are other NMCAs? Canada National Marine Conservation Areas Act NMCA establishment process Following a series of studies and consultations A with candidate the Government area is selected of British based Columbia, on its the representation Southern Strait of of one Georgia of Canada s was selected 29 marine as the regions. candidate area to represent the Strait of Georgia marine region. Parks Canada, in partnership with the the Government of of British Columbia, works works with with First Nations, local governments, stakeholders and and Canadians Canadians to to compile compile background background information and explore the proposal s information and explore the proposal s opportunities and challenges. The information opportunities and challenges. The information is is then assessed to determine if the NMCA then assessed to determine if an NMCA reserve reserve is feasible. is feasible. The Federal and Provincial governments enter The negotiations Federal and about Provincial establishment governments details, enter negotiations including the about final establishment boundary. Negotiations details, including conclude the with final a formal boundary. NMCA Negotiations establishment conclude agreement. with There a formal may establishment also be agreements agreement. with There First Nations may also related be agreements to their involvement with First Nations in the related NMCA to reserve. their involvement in the NMCA reserve. An interim management plan is a strategic An guide interim for management the first five years plan of is a operation strategic of guide for the the NMCA first five reserve. years It of includes operation management of an NMCA reserve. objectives It includes and a zoning management plan, and objectives is developed and a zoning through plan, consultations. and is developed through consultations. An An amendment to to the the Canada National National Marine Conservation Marine Conservation Areas Act is Areas made Act to add is made a description to add a description of the boundary. of the NMCA reserve boundary. 9

10 GET INVOLVED Let us know what you think about the proposed boundary and the phased approach. CONTACT US NEW RESOURCES Marine Atlas Secrets of the Emerald Sea DVD Secrets of the Emerald Sea Secrets of the Emerald Sea Proposed Southern Strait of Georgia National Marine Conservation Area Reserve parkscanada.gc.ca Proposed Southern Strait of Georgia National Marine Conservation Area Reserve Atlas All photos copyright Parks Canada unless otherwise noted. 10

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