Exhibit 3.3—There are multiple stakeholders with interests in the Scotian Shelf bioregion—text version

2012 Fall Report of the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development

Fall 2012 Report—Chapter 3

Exhibit 3.3—There are multiple stakeholders with interests in the Scotian Shelf bioregion

This map illustrates multiple stakeholder interests in the Scotian Shelf bioregion of Atlantic Canada.

The Musquash MPA in southern New Brunswick is near the critical habitat of right whales at Grand Manan Basin near the Bay of Fundy. Also in the area are commercial fishing interests and principal shipping lines.

South and west of Nova Scotia is another right whale critical habitat (Roseway Basin) and an International Marine Organization Area that is to be avoided. This region also includes the Lobster fishing area 40, which is closed to inshore-offshore lobster fishing, and the Georges Bank exclusion zone. The exclusion zone includes commercial fishing, principal shipping lines, and oil and gas interests. It is adjacent to the Northeast Channel Coral Conservation Area.

To the east is a juvenile haddock closure, which is located amid commercial fishing and shipping interests, and just north of oil and gas deposits. Further east are the Sable Island National Park and The Gully MPA, as well as the critical habitat for the northern bottlenose whales. The easternmost point of the Scotian Shelf includes the Lophelia Coral Conservation Area, as well as commercial fishing, and oil and gas interests. This area includes the French exclusive zone, which extends southward from Saint-Pierre and Miquelon.

To the north of The Gully MPA is the St Anns Bank Area of Interest; it is northeast of Nova Scotia off the coast of Glace Bay. This area lies amid commercial fishing interests and principal shipping lines and just southwest of oil and gas deposits.

Note: Commercial fisheries are active throughout the Scotian Shelf bioregion.

Source: Adapted from Fisheries and Oceans Canada data

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