Canada National Marine Conservation Areas Act (S.C. 2002, c. 18)

Act current to 2014-06-12 and last amended on 2014-04-01. Previous Versions

Marginal note:Consultation
  •  (1) The Minister shall consult with relevant federal and provincial ministers and agencies, with affected coastal communities, aboriginal organizations, aboriginal governments and bodies established under land claims agreements, and with other persons and bodies that the Minister considers appropriate in the development of marine conservation area policy and regulations, the establishment of any proposed marine conservation area and the modification of any marine conservation area, and any other matters that the Minister considers appropriate.

  • Marginal note:Progress reports

    (2) At least every two years, the Minister shall cause to be tabled in each House of Parliament a report on the state of marine conservation areas and on progress towards completion of a representative system of marine conservation areas.

Marginal note:Area advisory committees
  •  (1) The Minister shall, for each marine conservation area, establish a management advisory committee to advise the Minister on the formulation, review and implementation of the management plan for the area.

  • Marginal note:Other advisory committees

    (2) The Minister may establish other advisory committees to review and evaluate any aspect of marine conservation area policy or administration.

  • Marginal note:Composition

    (3) The Minister shall consult with relevant federal and provincial ministers and agencies, with affected coastal communities, aboriginal organizations, aboriginal governments and bodies established under land claims agreements, and with other persons and bodies that the Minister considers appropriate with respect to the composition of advisory committees.

PROHIBITIONS

Marginal note:No disposition or use without authority

 Except as permitted by this Act or the regulations,

  • (a) no interest in public lands in a marine conservation area may be disposed of; and

  • (b) no person shall use or occupy public lands in a marine conservation area.

Marginal note:Exploration and exploitation

 No person shall explore for or exploit hydrocarbons, minerals, aggregates or any other inorganic matter within a marine conservation area.

Marginal note:Disposal of substances
  •  (1) No person shall dispose of any substance in waters within a marine conservation area except as authorized by a permit issued by a superintendent pursuant to this Act or, in the case of waters to which subsection 125(1) of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 applies, authorized by section 130 of that Act or by a permit issued by the Minister of the Environment pursuant to section 127 or 128 of that Act.

  • Marginal note:Permits under CEPA, 1999

    (2) No permit may be issued under section 127 or 128 of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 for disposal in the waters of a marine conservation area except with the concurrence of the Minister.