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 to support those goals.

Coastline of Mistaken Point

The public can visit most ecological reserves for educational purposes or low-impact recreational activities, such as wild life viewing and nature photography. However, to view the fossils at Mistaken Point, visitors must be accompanied by an official tour guide. Guided tours are offered by Natural Areas Program interpreters at the Interpretive Centre in Portugal Cove South.

The Fossil Ecological Reserve Regulations and the Mistaken Point Ecological Reserve Management Plan PDF (3.3 MB) were revised in 2009 to provide stronger protection for the Reserve while accommodating public access. Permits are required for scientific research, commercial operators, non-commercial enterprises, educational tours and entry into the Fossil Protection Zone.

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)

Read the official reserve regulations:

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