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.
Marine Conservation Institute and the Waitt Foundation provide this
interactive tool to help users visualize the locations and coverage of global
marine protected areas (MPA). This atlas provides information on over 8000 MPAs
globally, drawing on datasets from the
World Database on Protected Areas1,
US MPA Center2,
and other country- and regional-level data authorities, as well as research
conducted by the Marine Conservation Institute.
In addition to MPA boundaries and site management information, this dataset
contains information on conservation measures with a particular focus on those
restricting the exploitation of marine life.
Features on this site are designed to allow users to understand (1) where current
protection exists and at what level, and (2), where important areas for future protection
are and any processes underway to establish MPAs. This provides vital information to
countries and their citizens interested in ocean conservation, management and stewardship.
The dataset is constantly being updated and we welcome visitors to the site to provide
feedback and update content by creating a member account on MPAtlas today.