5A      General Regulatory Requirements for all Oceans Act Marine Protected Areas

The Federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans has authority under the Oceans Act to designate Marine Protected Areas, by regulation, for the conservation and protection of:

(a) commercial and non-commercial fishery resources and their habitats; 
(b) endangered or threatened species and their habitats; 
(c) unique habitats; 
(d) marine areas of high biodiversity or biological productivity; 
(e) any other marine resource or habitat as is necessary to fulfill the mandate of the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans.

General Prohibitions (Prohibited Activities)

The Oceans Act Marine Protected Areas regulations contain a general prohibition on the disturbance, damage, destruction or removal of any living marine organism or any part of its habitat within the Marine Protected Areas. In addition, the regulations prohibit the depositing, discharging or dumping of substances within the Marine Protected Areas that are likely to result in the disturbance, damage, destruction, or removal of any living organisms or any part of its habitat within the Marine Protected Area. These prohibitions apply to all vessel transits within the Marine Protected Areas.

Exceptions (Permitted Activities)

The regulations allow for the exercise of international navigational rights in the Marine Protected Areas year round. Vessels must operate in compliance with all relevant provisions of the Canada Shipping Act, 2001 and all relevant requirements of the International Maritime Organization. Vessels in non-compliance with these requirements contravene the Marine Protected Area regulations and are also subject to penalties under the Oceans Act.

The prohibitions do not apply to any movement or other activity that is carried out for the purpose of public safety, law enforcement or national security or for the exercise of Canadian sovereignty.

Report of Incident

Any person involved in an incident that is likely to result in any prohibited activity shall, within two hours after its occurrence, report the incident to the Canadian Coast Guard.

Penalties

Individuals who contravene Oceans Act Marine Protected Areas regulations are guilty of an offence and liable to a fine not exceeding $500,000 ( Oceans Act,  s.37). Individuals who contravene these regulations may also be subject to penalties under other applicable Federal legislation.

1. Marine Protected Areas in Eastern Canada

The following section provides information on Marine Protected Areas that have been designated under the Oceans Act in Eastern Canada.

1.1 The Gully Marine Protected Area

The Gully Marine Protected Area was designated pursuant to the Oceans Act on May 7th 2004. The full text of the regulations may be accessed in the Canada Gazette Part II, Vol. 138, No. 10, 663-668 (http://canadagazette.gc.ca).

Coordinates

The Gully is a deep canyon ecosystem on the edge of the Scotian Shelf near Sable Island. The Gully Marine Protected Area is bounded by rhumb lines connecting the following geographical coordinates [North America Datum 1983 (NAD 83)/World Geodetic System (WGS 84)].

Point Latitude (North) Longitude (West)
1 44° 13' 59° 06'
2 43° 47' 58° 35'
3 43° 35' 58° 35'
4 43° 35' 59° 08'
5 43° 55' 59° 08'
6 44° 06' 59° 20'

The Gully Marine Protected Area is shown in the map below:

Gully Marine Protected Area

Regulatory Requirements for Vessels Operating in the Gully Marine Protected Area


  • See Section 5A - General Regulatory Requirements for all Oceans Act Marine Protected Areas.

  • Specific requirements for the Gully Marine Protected Area
    • Be aware that for the Gully Marine Protected Area, the prohibitions extend to the vicinityof the Marine Protected Area. It is prohibited to carry out any activity in the vicinity of the Gully Marine Protected Area that is likely to result in the disturbance, damage, destruction or removal of any living marine organism or any part of its habitat within the Marine Protected Area.

    • Vessels must avoid discharge of ballast water in the Marine Protected Area. Please see the Ballast Water Control and Management Regulations for additional guidance (including exceptions) on ballast water management in and around the Marine Protected Area.

Guidelines for Vessels Operating in the Area (Year Round)

The following procedures are recommended in order to safeguard the Marine Protected Area and its resources.

Marine Mammal Protection

 All marine mammal species are protected in the Marine Protected Area. The main species of concern are northern bottlenose, blue and North Atlantic right whales. The key threats associated with shipping are acoustic disturbances and vessel collisions. Vessels should adhere to the following measures to ensure marine mammal protection:

  1. Vessels should avoid passage through this area if possible. Avoidance is the most effective means to eliminate or reduce acoustic disturbances and vessel collisions.

  2. If passage through this area is required, decrease vessel speed to 10 knots or less and post a look-out to increase the likelihood of sighting and avoiding marine mammals. Increased caution must be exercised in conditions of reduced visibility, such as rain, fog, rough sea state, or at night. Be aware that marine mammals often travel in small groups dispersed over an area of several miles.

  3. Vessels should adhere to the following operating measures while maneuvering around any marine mammal activity:
    1. Avoid any sudden changes in speed or direction.
    2. Avoid heading directly toward marine mammals.
    3. Travel parallel to marine mammals.
    4. If it is not possible to maneuver around marine mammals, slow down and wait until animals are more than 400 meters (0.215 nautical miles) away before resuming speed.

      Note: some marine mammal species require different minimum distances – please refer to individual species’ needs in Section 5 of this Notices to Mariners.

    5. If operating a sailing vessel with an auxiliary motor, leave it in idle or use the echo sounder to signal presence.

  4. Vessels must comply with all relevant provisions of the Marine Mammal Regulations pursuant to theFisheries Act.  Further guidance is found in Section 5 - General Guidelines for Aquatic Species at Risk and Important Marine Mammal Areas .

  5. Report any marine mammal collisions, entanglements, distressed or dead animals to the whale emergency hotline (1-866-567-6277), or via VHF channel 16. Sightings of northern bottlenose, blue or North Atlantic right whales including location, date, and photos should be reported toXMARwhalesightings@dfo-mpo.gc.ca.


  6. Pollution Prevention

    The Marine Protected Area regulations apply to activities that may cause harm to the marine environment. Vessels must adhere to the following measures to ensure the protection of marine environmental quality:


    1. Vessels must avoid discharges, including ballast water, in the Marine Protected Area. Vessels should also avoid such discharges within a minimum distance of 50 kilometers (27 nautical miles) from the Marine Protected Area.

    2. Vessels must report any pollution sightings or incidents to the Canadian Coast Guard (1-800-565-1633 or VHF channel 16).

    1.2 The Musquash Estuary Marine Protected Area

    The Musquash Estuary Marine Protected Area was designated pursuant to the Oceans Act on December 14, 2006. The full text of the regulations may be accessed in the Canada Gazette Part II, Vol. 140, No. 26, 2324-2343 (http://canadagazette.gc.ca).

    Coordinates

    The Musquash Marine Protected Area consists of the waters that are within an area bounded by the low-water line of the estuary and by the following rhumb lines to their respective points of intersection with the low-water line. All geographical coordinates (latitude and longitude) are expressed in the North America Datum 1983 (NAD 83) geodetic reference system.

    Point Latitude (North) Longitude (West)
    1 45° 11' 19.63" 66° 15' 37.35"
    2 45° 11' 23.96" 66° 15' 33.38"
    3 45° 08' 47.00" 66° 15' 11.00"
    4 45° 09' 08.91" 66° 13' 55.87"
    5 45° 08' 28.46" 66° 15' 12.23"
    6 45° 08' 14.39" 66° 15' 35.50"
    7 45° 08' 35.60" 66° 14' 16.77"

    The Musquash Estuary Marine Protected Area is shown in the map below:

    Musquash Estuary Marine Protected Area

    Regulatory Requirements for Vessels Operating in the Musquash Estuary Marine Protected Area

    • See Section 5A - General Regulatory Requirements for all Oceans Act Marine Protected Areas.

    • Specific requirements for the Musquash Estuary Marine Protected Area

    The Musquash Estuary Marine Protected Area is composed of three internal management zones (Zone 1, Zones 2A and 2B, and Zone 3) in which different activities may be permitted, provided that they do not compromise the overall conservation objectives of the Marine Protected Area.

    • The operation of a motorized vessel is not permitted in Zone 1.

    • The operation of a vessel in Zones 2A and 2B is permitted at a speed no greater than 5 knots.

    • The operation of a vessel in Zone 3 is permitted at a speed no greater than 8 knots.

    1.3The St. Anns Bank Marine Protected Area

    The St. Anns Bank Marine Protected Area was designated pursuant to the Oceans Act on June 2, 2017. The full text of the regulations may be accessed in the Canada Gazette Part II, Vol. 151, No. 12, 1199-1205 (http://canadagazette.gc.ca).

    Coordinates

    The St. Anns Bank Marine Protected Areais bounded by a series of rhumb lines drawn from points 1 to 10, and then back to point 1. All geographical coordinates (latitude and longitude) are expressed in the North America Datum 1983 (NAD83) reference system.

    Point

    Latitude (North)

    Longitude (West)

    1

    46° 10'

    59° 39'

    2

    46° 10'

    59° 20'

    3

    46° 16'

    59° 20'

    4

    46° 25'

    59° 00'

    5

    46° 25'

    58° 40'

    6

    46° 14'

    58° 22'

    7

    46° 04'

    58° 32'

    8

    46° 04'

    58° 40'

    9

    45° 56'

    58° 40'

    10

    45° 47'

    59° 39'

    The St. Anns Bank Marine Protected Areais shown in the map below:

    Duck Island Marine Protected Areas

    Regulatory Requirements for Vessels Operating in the St. Anns Bank Marine Protected Area

    • See Section 5A - General Regulatory Requirements for all Oceans Act Marine Protected Areas.
    • Specific requirements for the St. Anns Bank Marine Protected Area
      1. oVessels must avoid discharge of ballast water in the Marine Protected Area. However, under certain circumstances, vessels when navigating on transoceanic voyages mayconduct ballast exchanges in the portion of the Marine Protected Area that overlaps with the Laurentian Channel, where the water depth is at least 300 m, and only between the dates December 1 and May 1. Please see the Ballast Water Control and Management Regulations for additional guidance (including exceptions) on ballast water management in and around the Marine Protected Area.

    Guidelines for Vessels Operating in the Area (Year Round)

    The following procedures are recommended in order to safeguard the Marine Protected Area and its resources.

    1.Vessels must comply with all relevant provisions of the Marine Mammal Regulations pursuant to the Fisheries Act. Further guidance is found in Section 5 - General Guidelines for Aquatic Species at Risk and Important MarineMammal Areas.

    2.Report any marine mammal collisions, entanglements, distressed or dead animals to the Marine Animal Response Society’s emergency hotline (1-866-567-6277), or via VHF channel 16. Sightings of healthy marine mammals should be reported to XMARwhalesightings@dfo-mpo.gc.ca. The following information about the sighting should be included: date, time, location, and species. Photos and videos should be submitted if available.

    3.Report all live and dead sea turtle sightings and incidents (e.g. entanglements, collisions) to the Canadian Sea Turtle Network’s hotline (1-888-729-4667) or online at http://seaturtle.ca/turtle-sighting/. The following information about the sighting or incident should be included: date, time, location, species, and condition of the animal. Photos and videos should be submitted if available.

    1.4 Eastport Marine Protected Areas

    The Eastport Marine Protected Areas were designated pursuant to the Oceans Act on September 26th, 2005. The full text of the regulations may be accessed in the Canada Gazette Part II, Vol. 139, No. 21, 2277-2290 (http://canadagazette.gc.ca).

    Coordinates

    The Eastport Marine Protected Areas consist of the waters surrounding Round Island and Duck Islands, in Bonavista Bay, Newfoundland as described below. All geographical coordinates (latitude and longitude) are expressed in the North America Datum 1983 (NAD 83) geodetic reference system.

    The Round Island Marine Protected Area comprises the area 198.12 m (650 ft) seaward from the low water line of the island.

    The Duck Island Marine Protected Area comprises the waters that are within an area bounded by the island's low water line to the outer limit defined by the following series of rhumb lines.

    Point Latitude (North) Longitude (West)
    1 48° 45' 06" 53° 41' 18"
    2 48° 44' 30" 53° 40' 42"
    3 48° 43' 54" 53° 41' 18"
    4 48° 44' 30" 53° 42' 06"

    The Duck Island and Round Island Marine Protected Areas are shown on the maps below:

    Duck Island Marine Protected Areas Duck Island Marine Protected Areas

    Regulatory Requirements for Vessels Operating in the Eastport Marine Protected Areas

    • See Section 5A - General Regulatory Requirements for all Oceans Act Marine Protected Areas.

    Guidelines for Vessels Operating in the Area (Year Round)

    • Boaters are permitted to sail through the Marine Protected Areas, but are asked to take every precaution and exercise due diligence while operating a vessel near these waters.

    1.5 Gilbert Bay Marine Protected Area

    The Gilbert Bay Marine Protected Area was designated pursuant to the Oceans Act on September 26th, 2005. The full text of the regulations may be accessed in the Canada Gazette Part II, Vol. 139, No. 21, 2291-2308 (http://canadagazette.gc.ca).

    Coordinates

    The Gilbert Bay Marine Protected Area comprises the waters, seabed and subsoil below the waters to a depth of 2 metres that are within an area bounded by the island's low water line to the outer limit defined by rhumb lines as defined below. All geographic coordinates (latitude and longitude) are expressed in the North America Datum 1983 (NAD 83) geodetic reference system.

    Point Latitude (North) Longitude (West)
    1 52° 38' 56" 55° 59' 28"
    2 52° 37' 43" 55° 59' 36"
    3 52° 37' 00" 55° 58' 07"
    4 52° 36' 49" 55° 57' 45"
    5 52° 36' 16" 55° 52' 19"
    6 52° 35' 38" 55° 52' 20"
    7 52° 36' 17" 55° 48' 59"
    8 52° 36' 09" 55° 48' 59"
    9 52° 33' 17" 55° 46' 27"
    10 52° 32' 59" 55° 46' 58"
    11 52° 33' 25" 55° 54' 19"
    12 52° 33' 01" 55° 53' 31"

    The Gilbert Bay Marine Protected Area is shown on the following map:

    Gilbert Bay Marine Protected Areas

    Regulatory Requirements for Vessels Operating in the Gilbert Bay Marine Protected Area

    • See Section 5A - General Regulatory Requirements for all Oceans Act Marine Protected Areas.

    Guidelines for Vessels Operating in the Area (Year Round)

    • Boaters are permitted to sail through the Marine Protected Areas, but are asked to take every precaution and exercise due diligence while operating a vessel near these waters.

    1.6 Basin Head Marine Protected Area

    The Basin Head Marine Protected Area was designated pursuant the Oceans Act on September 26th, 2005. The full text of regulations can be accessed in the Canada Gazette Part II Vol. 139, No. 21, 2264-2276(http://www.canadagazette.gc.ca/).

    Coordinates

    The Basin Head Marine Protected Area and the management zones coordinates are shown in the following map ( geographic coordinates are expressed in the North America Datum 1983 (NAD 83) geodetic reference system).

    Basin Head Marine Protected Areas

    Regulatory Requirements for Vessels Operating in the Basin Head Marine Protected Area

    • See Section 5A - General Regulatory Requirements for all Oceans Act Marine Protected Areas.
    • Specific requirements for the Basin Head Marine Protected Areas
      • Zone 1 (The inner channel) - This zone has the highest level of protection. Swimming, diving and use of motorized vessels are not permitted.
      • Zone 2 (The lagoon) - This zone acts as a buffer zone for the more sensitive Zone 1 area. Swimming and diving is allowed but the use of a motorized vessel is only permitted south of the rhumb line connecting points 9 and 10 (see map above) solely for the purpose of transiting Zone 2 in order to launch a vessel from, or land it at, a boat launch.
      • Zone 3 (The outer coast) - Swimming, diving, and the use of motorized vessels are permitted in this zone.

    2. Marine Protected Areas in the Pacific Region of Canada

    The following section provides information on Marine Protected Areas that have been designated under the Oceans Act in Canada's Pacific Region.

    2.1 Bowie Seamount Marine Protected Area

    The Bowie Seamount Marine Protected Area was designated pursuant to the Oceans Act on April 17th, 2008. The full text of the regulations may be accessed in the Canada Gazette Part II, Vol. 142, No. 9, 1037-1055  (http://canadagazette.gc.ca).

    Coordinates

    The Bowie Seamount (SGaan Kinghlas) is located 180 km west of Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Islands) on Canada's Pacific Coast, and is comprised of Bowie, Hodgkins and Davidson Seamounts of the Kodiak-Bowie seamount chain. The Bowie Seamount Marine Protected Area is bounded by rhumb lines connecting the following geographical coordinates. All geographic coordinates (latitude and longitude) are expressed in the North America Datum 1983 (NAD 83) geodetic reference system.

    Point Latitude (North) Longitude (West)
    1 53° 03' 07.6" 135° 50' 25.9"
    2 53° 16' 20.9" 134° 59' 55.4"
    3 53° 39' 49.2" 135° 17' 04.9"
    4 53° 39' 18.0" 135° 53' 46.5"
    5 53° 52' 16.7" 136° 30' 23.1"
    6 53° 49' 19.6" 136° 47' 33.1"
    7 53° 40' 02.5" 136° 57' 03.5"
    8 53° 13' 59.2" 136° 10' 00.0"

    The Bowie Seamount Marine Protected Area is shown in the map below:

    Bowie Marine Protected Areas

    Regulatory Requirements for Vessels Operating in the Bowie Seamount Marine Protected Area

    • See Section 5A - General Regulatory Requirements for all Oceans Act Marine Protected Areas.
    • Specific Requirements for the Bowie Seamount Marine Protected Area
      • Vessels must avoid discharge of ballast water in the Marine Protected Area. Please see the Ballast Water Control and Management Regulations for additional guidance (including exceptions) on ballast water management in and around the Marine Protected Area.

    2.2 Endeavour Hydrothermal Vents Marine Protected Area

    The Endeavour Hydrothermal Vents Marine Protected Area was designated pursuant to the Oceans Act on March 4th, 2003. The full text of the regulations may be accessed in the Canada Gazette Part II, Vol. 137, No. 6, 944-957  (http://canadagazette.gc.ca).

    Coordinates

    The Endeavour area of the Juan de Fuca Ridge is a seismically active area of seafloor formation and hydrothermal venting. The Endeavour Hydrothermal Vent Marine Protected Area is located 250 km offshore from Vancouver Island. The Marine Protected Area is approximately 94 km 2 and includes the water, seabed and subsoil. The Marine Protected Area is bounded by rhumb lines connecting the following geographical coordinates. All geographic coordinates (latitude and longitude) are expressed in the North America Datum 1983 (NAD 83) geodetic reference system.

    Point Latitude (North) Longitude (West)
    1 47° 54' 129° 02'
    2 47° 54' 129° 08'
    3 48° 01' 129° 08'
    4 48° 01' 129° 02'

    The Endeavour Hydrothermal Vents Marine Protected Area is shown in the map below.

    Endeavour Hydrothermal Vents

    Regulatory Requirements for Vessels Operating in the Endeavour Hydrothermal Vents Protected Area

    • See Section 5A - General Regulatory Requirements for all Oceans Act Marine Protected Areas.

    3. Marine Protected Areas in the Canadian Arctic

    The following section provides information on Marine Protected Areas that have been designated under the Oceans Act in the Canadian Arctic.

    3.1 The Tarium Niryutait Marine Protected Area

    The Tarium Niryutait Marine Protected Areas were designated pursuant to the Oceans Act on August 25th, 2010. The full text of the regulations may be accessed in the Canada Gazette Part II, Vol. 144, No. 19, 1742-1762  (http://canadagazette.gc.ca)

    Coordinates

    The Tarium Niryutait Marine Protected Areas consists of three areas of the Mackenzie Bay: Okeevik, Kittigaryuit and Niaqunnaq. The ocean bottom is soft and sediment laden and the waters are fairly shallow. The three areas are bounded by rhumb lines connecting the following geographical coordinates [North America Datum 1983 (NAD 83)/World Geodetic System (WGS 84)].

    Okeevik Sub Area

    Point Latitude (North) Longitude (West)
    1 69° 38' 19" 135° 25' 09"
    2 69° 38' 03" 135° 25' 11"
    3 69° 37' 46" 135° 24' 52"
    4 69° 29' 49" 135° 12' 49"
    5 69° 30' 45" 135° 16' 56"
    6 69° 29' 26" 135° 18' 53"
    7 69° 29' 23" 135° 19' 06"
    8 69° 28' 07" 135° 20' 25"
    9 69° 27' 36" 135° 24' 25"
    10 69° 25' 51" 135° 32' 27"
    11 69° 26' 32" 135° 34' 54"
    12 69° 28' 21" 135° 35' 24"
    13 69° 28' 35" 135° 36' 40"
    14 69° 28' 39" 135° 37' 58"
    15 69° 30' 34" 135° 45' 54"
    16 69° 35' 18" 135° 35' 42"
    17 69° 36' 00" 135° 22' 10"
    18 69° 34' 40" 135° 20' 09"
    19 69° 34' 00" 135° 20' 09"
    20 69° 34' 00" 135° 27' 39"
    21 69° 36' 00" 135° 27' 39"
    22 69° 27' 00" 135° 31' 11"
    23 69° 27' 00" 135° 34' 45"

    Kittigaruit Sub Area

    Point Latitude (North) Longitude (West)
    1 69° 35' 10" 133° 48' 26"
    2 69° 34' 00" 133° 28' 00"
    3 69° 23' 37" 133° 26' 40"
    4 69° 20' 34" 133° 40' 37"
    5 69° 19' 05" 133° 42' 21"
    6 69° 19' 01" 133° 42' 31"
    7 69° 20' 39" 133° 43' 20"
    8 69° 16' 42" 133° 54' 54"
    9 69° 15' 20" 134° 06' 53"
    10 69° 16' 33" 134° 05' 56"
    11 69° 20' 42" 134° 02' 44"
    12 69° 24' 00" 133° 59' 10"
    13 69° 24' 34" 133° 53' 49"
    14 69° 28' 21" 133° 48' 15"
    15 69° 28' 02" 133° 50' 59"
    16 69° 33' 20" 133° 47' 29"
    17 69° 34' 33" 133° 47' 42"
    18 69° 32' 55" 133° 51' 09"
    19 69° 32' 56" 133° 51' 54"
    20 69° 33' 46" 133° 55' 48"
    21 69° 33' 46" 133° 55' 31"

    Niaqunnaq Sub Area

    Point Latitude (North) Longitude (West)
    1 69° 08' 00" 136° 16' 44"
    2 69° 04' 25" 136° 07' 45"
    3 69° 03' 43" 136° 07' 08"
    4 69° 01' 19" 136° 04' 45"
    5 69° 01' 14" 136° 04' 45"
    6 69° 00' 57" 136° 05' 42"
    7 69° 00' 12" 136° 07' 08"
    8 68° 57' 00" 136° 10' 00"
    9 68° 55' 00" 136° 15' 00"
    10 68° 54' 22" 136° 31' 50"
    11 68° 55' 00" 136° 38' 33"
    12 68° 56' 15" 137° 00' 41"
    13 68° 56' 29" 137° 03' 03"
    14 68° 55' 48" 137° 11' 00"
    15 68° 57' 50" 137° 16' 40"
    16 68° 59' 20" 137° 21' 30"
    17 69° 03' 09" 137° 44' 54"

    The Tarium Niryutait Marine Protected Areas are shown in the map below:

    Endeavour Hydrothermal Vents

    Regulatory Requirements for Vessels Operating in the Tarium Niryutait Marine Protected Areas

    • See Section 5A - General Regulatory Requirements for all Oceans Act Marine Protected Areas.

    Specific Requirements for the Tarium Niryutait Marine Protected Areas

    • The regulations prohibit ship activities to disturb, damage or destroy a marine mammal in the Areas, or remove a marine mammal from the Areas.

    Other Requirements for the Tarium Niryutait Marine Protected Areas

    • It is forbidden for ships to approach the traditional marine mammal harvest grounds, or to approach marine mammals unless they are directly associated with the traditional harvest of these animals. Information regarding the traditional harvest can be gained from the Fisheries Joint Management Committee (fjmc-rp@jointsec.nt.ca)

    Voluntary Guidelines for Ships Operating in the Areas (Year Round)

    The following procedures are recommended in order to safeguard the Marine Protected Areas and its resources.

    Vessels should adhere to the following measures for safety reasons and to ensure marine mammal protection:

    • It is strongly advised that commercial vessels remain in the community supply routes. These routes are generally marked by Canadian Coast Guard buoys and they should be followed whenever possible.

    3.2      The Anguniaqvia niqiqyuam Marine Protected Areas

    The Anguniaqvia niqiqyuam Marine Protected Areas were designated pursuant to the Oceans Act on November 16th, 2016. The full text of the regulations may be accessed in the Canada Gazette Part II, Vol. 150, No. 23, 4134-4168(http://canadagazette.gc.ca)

    Coordinates

    The Anguniaqvia niqiqyuam Marine Protected Areas consist of two areas in Darnley Bay and Amundsen Gulf in the Beaufort Sea: Zone 1 and Zone 2. The areas consist of the seabed, the subsoil to a depth of five metres and the water column, including the sea ice. The two areas are bounded by straight lines connecting the following geographical coordinates [North America Datum 1983 (NAD 83)].

    Zone 1

    Point Latitude (North) Longitude (West)
    A 69° 21’ 07.8” 124° 21’ 32” approx
    B 70° 12’ 00” approx 124° 31’ 55.2”
    C 70° 08’ 22.0” 124° 41’ 45” approx
    D 70° 09’ 09.9” 124° 57’ 42” approx
    E 70° 09’ 13” approx 125° 05’ 28.6”
    F 70° 09’ 13.2” 125° 17’ 53.0”
    G 70° 20’ 00.0” 125° 17’ 53.0”
    H 70° 20’ 00.0” 123° 54’ 17.5”
    I 69° 37’ 20.6” 123° 54’ 17.5”
    J 69° 30’ 00.0” 124° 15’ 34.7”

    Zone 2

    Point Latitude (North) Longitude (West)
    K 70° 04’ 15.8” 124° 41’ 51” approx
    L 70° 04’ 48.6” 124° 41’ 54” approx
    M 70° 02’ 12.9” 124° 35’ 23” approx
    N 70° 02’ 12.9” 124° 35’ 29” approx
    Endeavour Hydrothermal Vents

    Regulatory Requirements for Vessel Operating in the Anguniaqvia niqiqyuam Marine Protected Areas

    • See Section 5A - General Regulatory Requirements for all Oceans Act Marine Protected Areas.

    Other Requirement for the Anguniaqvia niqiqyuam Marine Protected Areas

    • To It is forbidden for ships to approach the traditional marine mammal harvest grounds, or to approach marine mammals unless they are directly associated with the traditional harvest of these animals. Information regarding the traditional harvest can be gained from the Fisheries Joint Management Committee (fjmc-rp@jointsec.nt.ca).

    Voluntary Guidelines for Ships Operating in the Areas (Year Round)

    Vessels should adhere to the following measures for safety reasons and to ensure marine mammal protection:

    • It is strongly advised that commercial vessels remain in the community supply routes. These routes are generally marked by Canadian Coast Guard buoys and they should be followed whenever possible.
    • Ice breaking activities should be avoided in the Cape Parry polynya whenever possible due to the high level of marine mammal aggregations.


    Authority: Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO)