In our inbox this morning. Please attend if you are concerned about the future of the Quoddy Region.
I wanted to let you know of an open house on MPA network planning that DFO is holding in St. George. It’ll take place on Wednesday, October 26 (4-7pm) at the Magaguadavic Place. During the open house, there will be no formal presentations but there will be information on the MPA network development process, associated timelines and opportunities for providing feedback. The open house is meant to be an opportunity for those people DFO hasn’t had targeted meetings with yet to come and learn about the MPA network development process. Everyone is welcome to drop in anytime between 4-7pm.
I’ve attached a flyer for the event and would appreciate if you could share it with those you think would be interested in attending.
Cheers, Penny Doherty, DFO
Protecting our oceans: Public Open Houses being held in Maritimes Region
Map: Ecologically and Biologically Significant Areas that have been identified along the Atlantic coast of Nova Scotia and in the Bay of Fundy. It is important to note that not all of these areas will become marine protected areas.
Canada’s oceans and coastal environments provide countless goods and services, from food and economic opportunities to recreation, and helping to keep our air clean. However, increasing activity in the ocean together with environmental changes has put our marine ecosystems under significant pressure. Marine protected areas (MPAs) have been used around the world as one way to help conserve these valuable ecosystems. Maintaining the health of our oceans will help ensure they continue to provide goods and services for generations to come. In general terms, MPAs are areas in the ocean that are actively managed for the long term conservation of nature. They come in all shapes and sizes and can have different levels of restrictions.
In 2010, Canada signed an international agreement committing to have 10% of its coastal and marine areas protected by the year 2020. Roughly 1% of our oceans are currently protected, so there is a great deal of work still to be done to meet this commitment. Fisheries and Oceans Canada is leading an effort to identify and select future MPAs, starting with a number of Ecologically and Biologically Significant Areas (EBSAs) identified by scientists and local experts around the Atlantic coast of Nova Scotia and the Bay of Fundy. These areas are considered to be particularly important for the health of the ocean, whether it is for the abundant marine life they contain, or due to their unique or rare features. It is important to note that not all of these special areas will become MPAs.
In designing this future network of MPAs, it is important to keep a balance between protecting the environment and maintaining the interests of all Canadians who depend on the ocean for work, food and recreation. Consultation with stakeholders, First Nations and Aboriginal organizations, and the general public is an important part of the MPA identification process. Fisheries and Oceans Canada is holding open houses across the region as one way to obtain this input. One of these open houses will be held at Magaguadavic Place in St. George, New Brunswick on October 26th from 4-7pm. The open house will include specific information on the areas that have been identified as important in the Bay of Fundy and an overview of the broader process being followed. Everyone is welcome to drop in any time between 4-7pm and provide input.
For more information on marine protected areas in general, visit http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/oceans/index-eng.html or call 902-426-9919. Additional public open houses for other areas will be announced shortly.