Marine Tour of Gaspésie


The prosperity and well-being of communities in the Gulf of St. Lawrence are intimately linked to the health of the ocean, which experts say is deteriorating. It’s vital that we protect our shared marine heritage from things like pollution, overfishing and the consequences of climate change like warming and acidification.

One way to address these problems is to create a network of marine protected areas (MPAs) in the Gulf. The feasibility of establishing new MPAs increases as community support for the creation of this network builds, which is why SNAP-QC, along with the Réseau d’observation des mammifières marins (Marine Mammal Observation Network) and the ZIP Committee of Chaleur Bay, took to the road to meet people in the local communities of Gaspésie. Our tour included a number of public lectures whose purpose was primarily to share information on MPAs in general, and about the Gaspé Peninsula more specifically.

You can check out our Facebook page for updates from the tour, or check out our new brochure on Marine Protected Areas (in French only).

Whether you’re in Gaspé or far from it, you can support ocean conservation in Canada by signing on to our petition that calls on the federal government to establish 12 new marine protected areas by the end of 2012.

From the team at SNAP Quebec - Patrick, Jérôme, Sylvain and Marie-Eve