March 29 - April 5, 2004

Ottawa plans feasibility study for marine conservation area around Magdalene Islands

ILES-DE-LA-MADELEINE, QUE-The federal government will conduct a feasibility study on the creation of a national marine conservation area around the Magdalen Islands. The purpose of the feasibility study is to determine whether it is possible and desirable to create a national marine conservation area around the Magdalen Islands archipelago. The area being considered covers some 5,000 square kilometres and would extend to a depth of 50 metres. It would be part of a new system of national marine conservation areas designed to represent Canada's 29 marine regions. These areas, which encompass both the seabed and the water column, are managed for sustainable use and contain within their boundaries highly protected zones. Marine conservation areas can also include wetlands, estuaries, islands and other coastal lands. "I am very pleased with the interest expressed by the municipality of Iles-de-la-Madeleine in carrying out this study on the creation of a national marine conservation area that would ensure that this extraordinary marine ecosystem is protected and used in a sustainable manner," said federal Environment Minister David Anderson.
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