On Wednesday, April 24, the MPA, Environment and Climate Change Canada, and Fisheries and Oceans Canada jointly announced the project to create National Wildlife Areas on several islands in the St. Lawrence. These include the eight islands in the Boucherville Islands archipelago and Île Verte administered by the MPA, where an intensive program to create spawning grounds and improve fish habitats was launched more than 15 years ago.
In the coming months, the three organizations will continue their discussions to begin the process of creating National Wildlife Areas, which include consultations with Indigenous Peoples communities and local partners. The latter are important collaborators and their contribution will contribute to the achievement of the conservation objectives of this project.
“We are very pleased to be working closely with Environment and Climate Change Canada to designate these islands as National Wildlife Areas. For us, this is a logical follow-up to the actions we have been taking in the sector for decades,” said Sylvie Vachon during a press conference held at the Grand Quay, alongside Mayor Valérie Plante and Canada’s Minister of the Environment and Climate Change Catherine McKenna.