A marine protected areas network is crucial for Nova Scotia

There has been a lot of talk recently about marine protected areas (MPAs), as Canada strives to achieve its international commitment to protect at least 10% of our ocean. The importance of MPAs is much more than just reaching a percent target, so, I thought this would be an opportune time to discuss MPAs, and why they are so crucial. From the extensive mudflats of the Bay of Fundy, to the deep submarine canyons of the Scotian Shelf, our ocean contains important ecosystems and marine life, which we need to protect. MPAs are one of the tools available to help.

The year in conservation

  • Published on Dec 21 2017 |
  • by Chris Miller |
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The year in conservation It has been another busy year for conservation in Nova Scotia. Important progress has been made, but there is still much work to do. Here is a look back at some of the highlights for 2017 and a quick discussion of what’s likely in store for 2018. I’d also like to take this opportunity to thank our many supporters and everyone who has taken the time to help protect Nova Scotia’s natural areas. Enjoy the holidays. ~Chris Miller

The newest member of the CPAWS Nova Scotia team

  • Published on Dec 14 2017 |
  • by Meghan Borland |
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Hi Everyone! My name is Meghan Borland and I am thrilled to be the newest addition to the CPAWS-NS team. I will be working with Chris Miller to protect Nova Scotia’s precious wilderness. With a background in Marine Management, I will be primarily focusing on issues related to the marine environment, more specifically marine protected areas (MPAs).

Finally some progress for Birch Cove Lakes Regional Park (probably)

Last week, Halifax Regional Council approved a motion that appears to trigger the first land purchase for the Blue Mountain – Birch Cove Lakes Regional Park. If so, that’s probably good news. The City has been struggling to acquire lands for the regional park since the original HRM Regional Plan was approved in 2006.

My thoughts on Canada’s newest MPA

Earlier today, the Government of Canada announced that it has completed the designation process for St. Anns Bank Marine Protected Area off the coast of Cape Breton. In short, this completes a six-year process between the time when this site was first announced as an “Area of Interest” for a marine protected area in 2011 and when it actually received real protection today through regulations established under the Oceans Act.

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