Exhibit 3.8—Parks Canada has marine protected areas in 3 of its 29 marine regions—text version

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

Fall 2012 Report—Chapter 3

Exhibit 3.8—Parks Canada has marine protected areas in 3 of its 29 marine regions

This bar chart compares the level of progress achieved for the marine protected areas (MPAs) that have been proposed or established by Parks Canada. The progress is measured in steps one to five as described in the text.

Proposed or established marine protected area Level of progress
Pacific region:
Vancouver Island Shelf Step 1a (regional analysis) has not been completed
Queen Charlotte Sound Step 1b (completion of field study to confirm representative areas)
Strait of Georgia Step 2b (official acknowledgement from senior management as an MPA candidate site)
Hecate Strait Step 5 (established) Gwaii Haanas MPA established and includes two marine areas: Hecate Strait and Queen Charlotte Shelf
Queen Charlotte Shelf   Step 5 (established) Gwaii Haanas MPA  
Arctic region:  
Foxe Basin Step 1a (regional analysis) has been completed
Arctic Basin Step 1a
Arctic Archipelago Step 1a
Queen Maud Gulf Step 1a
Baffin Island Shelf Step 1b (completion of field study to confirm representative areas)
Beaufort Sea Step 2b (official acknowledgement from senior management as an MPA candidate site)
Lancaster Sound Step 2b
Hudson Bay Step 2b
James Bay Step 2b
Atlantic region:  
Hudson Strait Step 1a (regional analysis) has been completed
Grand Banks Step 1a
Bay of Fundy Step 1a
Labrador Shelf Step 2a (completion of a selection report that recommends the preferred representative area for protection in the marine region)
North Gulf Shelf Step 2a
Scotian Shelf Step 2a
Newfoundland Shelf Step 2b (official acknowledgement from senior management as an MPA candidate site)
Magdalen Shallows Step 2b
Laurentian Channel Step 2b
St. Lawrence Estuary Step 5 (established) Saguenay–St. Lawrence MPA
Great Lakes Region:  
Lake Huron Step 2a (completion of a selection report that recommends the preferred representative area for protection in the marine region)
Lake Erie Step 2a
Lake Ontario   Step 2b (official acknowledgement from senior management as an MPA candidate site)
Lake Superior Step 4 (negotiation of agreements, setting out the terms and conditions under which the MPA will be established and managed.)
Georgian Bay Step 4

Note that Step 3 (feasibility assessment) was not completed for Hecate Strait, Queen Charlotte Shelf, or Georgian Bay, because agreements to establish MPAs in these regions were already in place.

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