On December 5, 2011, the governments of Canada and Quebec signed an agreement for carrying out a joint feasibility study on the establishment of a marine protected area around the Îles de la Madeleine (Magdalen Islands). The study area, which covers some of 17,000 km2, encompasses most of the Magdalen Shallows plateau.

The agreement defines the terms of collaboration between Canada and Québec for the term of the two-year study. The Université du Québec à Rimouski and its affiliated Centre de recherche sur les milieux insulaires et maritimes (CERMIM) (Research centre on island and maritime environments) will contribute to the realization of the study, which is funded and coordinated by Parks Canada and the Ministère du Développement durable, de l’Environnement, de la Faune et des Parcs (MDDEFP).

An advisory committee of local stakeholders will counsel the study’s steering committee. Over the course of the study, the public will be kept informed of progress and will have various opportunities to offer comments.

To learn more and monitor the evolution of this study, visit this Web site.

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