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Estuary Islands National Wildlife Area Management Plan [Proposed]

Appendix I: Environment Canada notice published in 2011

Environment Canada would like to inform the public that the Estuary Island National Wildlife Area - a string of a dozen islands in the middle of the St. Lawrence Estuary in the municipalities of Rimouski, Saint-André and Kamouraska - is a protected area. Since its creation in 1986, the National Wildlife Area has been protecting wildlife and the nesting sites of migratory birds in the area, especially those of seabird colonies.

To protect this area, the Department is informing visitors to areas around the National Wildlife Area islands of their obligation to follow certain rules, as dictated by the Canada Wildlife Act and its regulations. Anyone who neglects to follow these rules or obey the laws in effect may be subject to fines and prosecution.

Nature viewing and hiking are authorized in designated areas on Le Pot du Phare Island.

Without a permit issued by the Minister, it is strictly prohibited for anyone in the National Wildlife Area to (see section 3(1) of the Wildlife Area Regulations):

  • hunt or fish;
  • destroy or remove a plant;
  • allow any domestic animal to run at large;
  • swim, picnic, camp or carry on any other recreational activity or light a fire;
  • operate any mode of transportation;
  • dump or deposit any trash.

For complete information on all applicable regulations, please consult the Canada Wildlife Act, Wildlife Area Regulations, 1994 Migratory Birds Convention Act and Species at Risk Act at Environment Canada website.

To file a complaint or report illegal activities, please contact Environment Canada by phone at 1-800-668-6767 or by email at enviro@info.ec.gc.ca.

Note: This notice shall not be construed so as to abrogate or derogate from any Aboriginal, treaty or other rights of Aboriginal peoples.

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