The Marine Environment Protection Committee,
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The Marine Environment Protection Committee,

 BEING AWARE of the ecological, social, economic, cultural, scientific and educational value of the Canary Islands, as well as its vulnerability to damage by international shipping traffic and activities in the area and the steps taken by Spain to address that vulnerability,

 NOTING that the Guidelines for the Identification and Designation of Particularly Sensitive Sea Areas adopted under resolution A.927(22) set out procedures for the designation of particularly sensitive sea areas,

 HAVING CONSIDERED the proposal from Spain to designate the Canary Islands as a Particularly Sensitive Sea Area,

 HAVING AGREED that criteria for identification of a Particularly Sensitive Sea Area provided in resolution A.927(22) are fulfilled for the Canary Islands,

  1. DESIGNATES the Canary Islands as defined in Annex 1 to this resolution as a Particularly Sensitive Sea Area; and

  2. INVITES Member Governments to note the establishment of associated protective measures defined in Annex 2. The associated protective measures and the date of their entry into force are expected to be adopted by the Maritime Safety Committee at its eighty-first session in May 2006.

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