Tang.ɢwan – ḥačxwiqak – Tsig̱is Marine Protected Area established off BC Coast

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The Tang.ɢ̱wan – ḥačxwiqak – Tsig̱is Marine Protected Area (TḥT MPA) Regulations officially designate the area of 133,017 km 2 in the Offshore Pacific Bioregion as an Oceans Act MPA. The MPA protects hydrothermal vents and seamounts, which are vulnerable, unique, and productive conservation features. The Regulation will conserve, protect and enhance understanding of unique seafloor features, including seamounts and hydrothermal vents, and the marine ecosystems they support in the MPA. The Regulation establishes a general prohibition against activities likely to disturb, damage, destroy, or remove any living marine organism or any part of its habitat from the MPA; with specific exceptions to the general prohibition to allow activities that are compatible with the above-noted conservation objective.

This milestone was achieved through the ongoing partnership of the Council of the Haida Nation, Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council, Pacheedaht First Nation, and Quatsino First Nation.

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