November 19, 2007

Federal government designates new marine conservation area

NIPIGON, ONT-Canada's newest National Marine Conservation Area (NMCA) will become the largest freshwater marine protected area in the world. The newly-created NMCA will take in more than 10,000 square kilometres of Lake Superior, including the lakebed, islands and north shorelands within its boundaries. The proposed boundaries of the Lake Superior NMCA extend from Thunder Cape at the tip of Sleeping Giant Provincial Park in the west, to Bottle Point just east of Terrace Bay, and south to the Canada-U.S. border. The creation of this NMCA follows a decade of planning and negotiations involving the federal, Ontario and local governments as well as First Nations in the region. National marine conservation areas, part of the network of national heritage sites for which Parks Canada is responsible, serve to balance environmental protection with responsible economic activity. Designation of an NMCA will protect key elements of the ecosystem while preserving the livelihoods of local residents who work in marine industries such as commercial fishing, sport fishing and shipping.

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