Fisheries and Land Resources

Rules & Regulations

Biodiversity protection and habitat conservation are two of the key purposes of ecological reserves, so certain rules apply within all the reserves in the province.

The public can visit most ecological reserves for educational purposes or low-impact recreational activities-such as hiking or sightseeing-but these activities are prohibited in the Gannet Islands due to the significance and sensitivity of the site. Only individuals conducting approved scientific research can visit the islands in the reserve.

The following activities are strictly prohibited in all wilderness and ecological reserves:

  • Disturbing, destroying, or removing plants, animals, or fossils
  • Introducing plants, animals, or anything else to the reserve landscape
  • Forestry, mining (including exploration), hydro development, agriculture, new roads, tracks, or building construction
  • Driving off-road vehicles including all-terrain vehicles (ATVs)

It is important that any boaters approaching the islands do so carefully, so as not to disturb the birds.

Read the official reserve regulations:

Regulations and a management plan are pending for the Gannet Islands Ecological Reserve.

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