Location and Values: Miguasha National Park is a small park in Quebec, which includes a short stretch of coastal cliffs and beach on the Gaspe peninsula. It is considered to be the world’s most outstanding fossil site covering the Devonian Period (the ‘Age of Fishes’ from about 370 million years ago), with some 13,000 specimens discovered, many of which are exceptionally well preserved.
Conservation Status and Prospects. According to IUCN’s recent Conservation Outlook Assessment the conservation status of this site is ‘good’. The IUCN report notes that ‘the conservation outlook for the Miguasha National Park is good and presents no cause for concern. The current state of the geological values and attributes of the property is good and the trend is stable. New fossil discoveries are being made as a result of continuing field investigation, and an active research program is yielding new insights into the evolution of fishes and amphibians in Devonian times. The property is essentially secure and there are no significant threats to its outstanding universal values or attributes. The current protection and management regime is very competent and effective.’
Official UNESCO Site Details
IUCN Conservation Outlook
UNEP-WCMC Site Description