CPAWS is working to establish a network of marine protected areas in the Bay of Fundy to protect its important natural features. This includes establishing a National Marine Conservation Area near Digby Neck and Islands to protect an important marine zone where a wide diversity of whales congregate each year. Here, you will find humpback whales, fin whales, and endangered North Atlantic right whales, as well as porpoises and puffins.
Parks Canada has now completed a scientific study of the Bay of Fundy to identify sites of ecological importance and the outer Bay of Fundy where most of the whales congregate comes up as the highest priority for protection. The release of this report is a key first step in establishing a National Marine Conservation Area in the Bay of Fundy. The Department of Fisheries and Oceans should also commit to undertaking MPA network planning within the Bay of Fundy to protect the full range of conservation features that occur in this globally-significant marine ecosystem.