Mapping Canada’s Protected Marine Areas

Posted on November 28, 2012


Since 2003, Canadian citizens and activists have been trying to make Canada’s unique marine environment a protected area.  DaVinci Business Graphics maps out the soon-to-be protected marine areas. 


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The Mid-Island Sustainability and Stewardship Initiative is a group that has been trying to develop a protected area encompassing Canada’s Gabriola Island and Nanaimo River Estuary.  Turning these areas into protected marine environments would mean good things for locals, as it would encourage eco-tourism.  However, businesses have been opposing the idea.


Many logging companies use the Nanaimo River to store and transport their logs.  Establishing a protected marine area around the river would certainly hurt these companies.  Let’s take a look at the unique areas that the MISSI is trying to protect.


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Gabriola Island

Gabriola Island is one of the Gulf Islands in the Strait of Georgia.  Located in British Columbia, Gabriola has a land area of about 22.2 sq mi and a resident population of slightly more than 4,000.  What sort of things is the MSSI looking to protect on Gabriola?  The families of orcas, sea lions, seals, otters, and salmon that call Gabriola’s coast their home.


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Nanaimo River Estuary

The Nanaimo River is located about 11 miles south of downtown Nanaimo.  The river is known for its popular swimming holes.  If the Nanaimo River and Estuary were to become protected marine areas, things like mining, oil and gas exploration would be prohibited but human activities would be able to continue.


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The local Canadian government has not yet approved these areas to become protected marine environments, but the MSSI is pushing hard to convince them.  If you want to learn more about geographic features, cities, or unique places in Canada, try a map.  DaVinci Business Graphics carries a full selection of Canada wall maps.


Contact DaVinci Business Graphics today.  Our Canadian maps are the most accurate and up-to-date


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