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Oceans Act

Version of section 35 from 2002-12-31 to 2019-05-26:

Marginal note:Marine protected areas

  •  (1) A marine protected area is an area of the sea that forms part of the internal waters of Canada, the territorial sea of Canada or the exclusive economic zone of Canada and has been designated under this section for special protection for one or more of the following reasons:

    • (a) the conservation and protection of commercial and non-commercial fishery resources, including marine mammals, and their habitats;

    • (b) the conservation and protection of endangered or threatened marine species, and their habitats;

    • (c) the conservation and protection of unique habitats;

    • (d) the conservation and protection of marine areas of high biodiversity or biological productivity; and

    • (e) the conservation and protection of any other marine resource or habitat as is necessary to fulfil the mandate of the Minister.

  • Marginal note:Marine protected areas

    (2) For the purposes of integrated management plans referred to in sections 31 and 32, the Minister will lead and coordinate the development and implementation of a national system of marine protected areas on behalf of the Government of Canada.

  • Marginal note:Regulations

    (3) The Governor in Council, on the recommendation of the Minister, may make regulations

    • (a) designating marine protected areas; and

    • (b) prescribing measures that may include but not be limited to

      • (i) the zoning of marine protected areas,

      • (ii) the prohibition of classes of activities within marine protected areas, and

      • (iii) any other matter consistent with the purpose of the designation.

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