Eastern Shore Islands Area of Interest Consultations

Current status: Open

Opened on April 5, 2018 and set to close on December 31, 2020.

Consultation and Engagement

DFO is using multiple approaches to fully involve First Nations, Indigenous Peoples, other governments, the community, and relevant industries in the design of the proposed Eastern Shore Islands MPA. In addition to established consultation processes for First Nations and the Province of Nova Scotia, a dedicated Advisory Committee was created to serve as a key platform for multi-sector engagement in the MPA establishment process. The purpose of the Advisory Committee was to serve as a forum to share information, exchange views, and provide advice on MPA design prior to designation. The Advisory Committee membership is provided below:

Advisory Committee Membership
Category Organization
Federal Departments Environment and Climate Change Canada – Canadian Wildlife Service
Transport Canada
First Nations/Indigenous Peoples Millbrook First Nation
Sipekne'katik First Nation
Kwilmu'kw Maw-klusuaqn Negotiation Office
Maritimes Aboriginal Peoples Council
Native Council of Nova Scotia
M’ikmaw Conservation Group
Province of Nova Scotia Intergovernmental Affairs
Municipal Government Halifax Regional Municipality
Municipality of the District of St. Mary’s
Fisheries Eastern Shore Fisherman’s Protective Association
Groundfish Enterprise Allocation Council
Nova Scotia Swordfishermen’s Association
Seafood Processors/Buyers
Aquaculture Aquaculture Association of Nova Scotia
Marine Plant Industry Acadian Seaplants Ltd.
Environmental nongovernmental organizations (ENGOs) Oceans North
Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society
Nova Scotia Salmon Association
Academia Dalhousie University
Community Groups Musquodoboit and Area Chamber of Commerce
Sheet Harbour and Area Chamber of Commerce
Wild Islands Tourism Advancement Partnership
Nova Scotia Federation of Anglers and Hunters
Association for the Preservation of the Eastern Shore
Eastern Shore Forest Watch Association
Association of Eastern Shore Communities Protecting
Environment and Historical Access
Eastern Shore Wildlife Association

To complement the Advisory Committee and allow for broader participation and input, a working group composed of the membership of the Eastern Shore Fishermen’s Protective Association (ESFPA) was established.

We also welcomed the input of the broader community along the Eastern Shore so we attended meetings with community groups and also hosted public events, including information sessions and workshops that were open to all community members at key points in the site establishment process.

Meeting Schedule

Date (YYYY-MM-DD) Location Meeting Detail
2019-03-28 Ship Harbour, NS Eastern Shore Islands AOI Advisory Committee RSVP is required to attend this meeting as an observer, please contact MaritimesMPAs@dfo-mpo.gc.ca by March 20th.
2019-01-22 Sheet Harbour, NS Eastern Shore Islands AOI Advisory Committee
2018-11-07 Moser River, NS Community Open House

Moser River Community Hall
28975 Hwy 7, Moser River, NS
10:30am-6:30pm
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2018-10-30 Tangier, NS Community Open House

Tangier Fire Hall
17559 Hwy 7, Tangier, NS
10:30am-6:30pm
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2018-10-23 Ship Harbour, NS Eastern Shore Fishermen’s Protective Association Fisheries Working Group
2018-09-13 Ship Harbour, NS Eastern Shore Islands AOI Advisory Committee
2018-08-28 Ship Harbour, NS Eastern Shore Fishermen’s Protective Association Fisheries Working Group  
2018-04-05 Ship Harbour, NS Eastern Shore Fishermen’s Protective Association Fisheries Working Group  

For further information contact us at MaritimesMPAs@dfo-mpo.gc.ca.

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