I was also impressed with what I was beginning to apprehend as a concerted effort by the Government of the United States to protect coastal habitat, and wondered why Canada had no such similar program.
In 2011 and then again in February 2016 (this time while wintering in Myrtle Beach SC), I visited Bull(s) Island, part of the Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge. I was charmed by it and posted charming photos of it.
I was also amused by the naturalist’s story about the number of born-and-bred South Carolinian seniors he’d met who admitted to not having known about the Refuge before they stumbled across it on a staycation.
It is, therefore, with some embarrassment that I present today’s national treasure – Canada’s national marine conservation areas – and acknowledge that I had never heard of them until I started poking around on Parks Canada website for National Treasure #82.
Like the national parks and national historic sites, there is a system plan and a focus on protecting portions of representative areas; in this case, four such areas: Arctic, Pacific, Great Lakes, and Atlantic.
So far, there are two national marine conservation areas:
Two more are in the planning stages:
- Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area
- Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve, National Marine Conservation Area Reserve, and Haida Heritage Site
In my view, these are both worthy initiatives, but could use snappier names.