The Bay St. George/Port au Port Peninsula CMA extends from Cape Ray in the south to Serpentine River in the north, encompassing St. Georges Bay and Port au Port Bay. Aboriginal and French cultures are prominent throughout many of the communities and, in the past, the U.S. Air force base and the pulp and paper mill have had major socio-economic and potential environmental impacts on the area. Traditional industries such as commercial fishing and agriculture continue to play a major role in the economy. Meanwhile, the emergence of other industries (oil and gas exploration, mining and mineral exploration, tourism and aquaculture) have heightened awareness among stakeholders, industry and regulators of the environmental, social, cultural and economic pressures that exists and the need to better manage coastal and marine resources in a sustainable matter.
In 2006, a number of stakeholders came together to form the Bay St. George/Port au Port Peninsula Marine and Coastal Resources Steering Committee. The committee's focus is to create an awareness of coastal and marine issues within the area by engaging stakeholders, industry and government agencies in a process that will support better management of resources and marine space.