Grand Codroy Estuary
Ramsar Wetland of International Significance Since: May 1987
The Codroy Valley is located on the Codroy Valley International Wetlands scenic driving route, on the southwest coast of Newfoundland, approximately 35km northwest of Port aux Basques. Today the Valley has over 700 households spread through 19 communities.
Although community development has expanded over the years, the rich estuarine habitat has been maintained so that waterfowl continue to use it as a major staging, nesting and brood raising area. Local residents made a significant conservation effort in 1974 when they requested the closure of the Grand Codroy Estuary to hunting. Following this action, the Canadian Wildlife Service and the Newfoundland Wildlife Division made a joint request to the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources to declare the Estuary as a site of international significance. On May 27, 1987 the Grand Codroy Estuary became the first wetlands area in Newfoundland and Labrador to be declared a Wetland of International Importance under the Ramsar Convention (1971).
It is evident from the integrated efforts of so many people and organizations that the Codroy Estuary is a precious wetland area worthy of conservation. It is home for thousands of migratory birds during the fall and spring migration, including the endangered piping plover.