BC Marine Conservation Analysis

DescriptionThe British Columbia Marine Conservation Analysis (BCMCA) (2006-2013) provides resource managers, scientists, decision-makers, and those with a vested interest in the marine environment with resources to inform marine planning and management initiatives. The BCMCA products provide a rich set of maps illustrating ecological resources and human uses in the marine environment and provide examples of areas of high conservation and areas important to human use in Canada’s Pacific Ocean including the Marine Atlas of Pacific Canada and A Series of Marxan Scenarios for Pacific Canada. Their website provides links to maps and data, Marxan analysis, an interactive atlas and BCMCA’s document library.

Key Wordsconservation, marine planning, maps, Marxan, Pacific Canada

Lead Organization BC Marine Conservation Analysis
Regional Focus  Kitimat-Stikine, Skeena/Queen Charlotte, Central Coast
Status  Complete
Website  bcmca.ca
Primary Contact  bcmca.ca/contact-us
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B.C. Shale Scenario Tool: Model and technical report

Description: The Pembina Institute, with modelling support from Navius Research, developed this scenario-planning tool to better understand the environmental impacts of proposed LNG terminals along BC’s coast. In particular, the tool allows users to explore the potential implications of different levels of LNG and shale gas development, different source basins for the gas, and different technologies and practices designed to limit environmental impacts. Updates and adding functionality of the tool to happen over time. See the website for more information and a video instructional manual for an overview of how to use the tool.

Key Words: Industry, LNG, monitoring, tool

Lead Organization Pembina Institute
Regional Focus Stikine, Kitimat-Stikine, Skeena-Queen Charlotte, Central Coast
Status On-going
Website www.pembina.org/pub/BCShaleTool
Primary Contact www.pembina.org/contact-us
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Cumulative Effects British Columbia SeaSketch Project

Description: Cumulative effects models and the data used to develop these models (i.e. habitats, and stressors) have been embedded into a GeoDesign application called SeaSketch. Using a standard web browser, users may sketch prospective management zones, increase or decrease stressor inputs, calculate the average cumulative effect score, and compare this to the original model. In doing so, users are simulating how prospective management actions might change the cumulative effects of human activities within a defined area.

Key Words: GeoDesign, management, model, tool

Lead Organizations World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Canada and the University of California Santa Barbara
Regional Focus BC coastline out to 200 nautical miles, Stikine, Kitimat-Stikine, Skeena-Queen Charlotte, Central Coast
Status On-going
Website cebc.seasketch.org
Primary Contact Will McClintock,  will@ucsb.edu,  805-893-8782
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Marine Protected Area Network – BC Northern Shelf

Description: Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) work towards the sustainability of the world’s oceans and address the need to mitigate the impact of multiple stressors to marine environments. Similar to terrestrial protected areas, they are used to protect critical habitat, recover endangered species, enhance local and regional fishing stocks, maintain cultural values and preserve recreational opportunities. The Government of Canada, the Province of British Columbia and 17 First Nations have worked together to develop an MPA network in the Northern Shelf Bioregion (top of Vancouver Island – Quadra Island/Bute Inlet – north to Canada/Alaska border). This website includes links to the MPA planning process, highlighting tools used such as MARXAN (decision support software for conservation planning) and SeaSketch (spatial planning software for oceans).

In 2014, the Canada-British Columbia Marine Protected Area Network Strategy was devised. Consistent with the National Framework for Canada’s Network of Marine Protected Areas, the strategy outlines network goals and principles for a coast-wide system of MPAs to help guide MPA establishment and regional planning initiatives. It identifies ecological, social, economic and cultural design principles for the creation of effective, functional networks in B.C.

Key Words:  Marine protection, conservation, sustainability, First Nations, federal government, provincial government, framework, strategy

Additional Resources:

Canada-British Columbia Marine Protected Area Network Strategy:  www.for.gov.bc.ca/tasb/slrp/pdf/ENG_BC_MPA_LOWRES.pdf

MARXAN: http://marxan.net

SeaSketch: www.seasketch.org/home.html

Lead Organization  MPA Network
Regional Focus  Kitimat-Stikine, Skeena/Queen Charlotte, Central Coast
Status On-going
Website  mpanetwork.ca/bcnorthernshelf
Primary Contact  mpanetwork.ca/bcnorthernshelf/contact
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The Pacific North Coast Integrated Management Area (PNCIMA) Initiative

DescriptionThe PNCIMA initiative’s aim is to engage all interested and affected parties in the collaborative development and implementation of an integrated management plan to ensure a healthy, safe and prosperous ocean area. PNCIMA stretches from Canada’s northern border with Alaska south to Bute Inlet on the mainland, across to Campbell River on the east side of Vancouver Island and the Brooks Peninsula on the west side of Vancouver Island. The PNCIMA has developed a plan that is high level and strategic, providing direction on and commitment to integrated, ecosystem-based and adaptive management of marine activities and resources in the planning area. The PNCIMA website includes a link to the 2017 plan as well as comprehensive information towards marine planning including plan development, implementation, valued ecosystem and socio-economic components and case studies.

The Atlas of the Pacific North Coast Integrated Management Area is a reference document comprised of a large selection of maps and accompanying text relevant to the PNCIMA planning process. It includes maps displaying information relevant to the geographical context, communities, physical oceanography, hydrology, ecology, commercial fisheries, recreation and tourism, aquaculture, energy, forestry, point source pollution and marine transportation in the area.

Key Words: ocean management plan, ecosystem, marine, socio-economic, atlas, maps

Additional Resourceshttp://www.pncima.org/media/documents/atlas/pncima-atlas_print_online.pdf

Lead Organization  Pacific North Coast Integrated Management Area (PNCIMA)
Regional Focus  Kitimat-Stikine, Skeena/Queen Charlotte, Central Coast
Status  On-going
Website  www.pncima.org
Primary Contact www.pncima.org/site/contact-us.html
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Pacific North Coast Integrated Management Area Document Library

DescriptionThe Pacific North Coast Integrated Management Area (PNCIMA) initiative’s aim is to engage all interested and affected parties in the collaborative development and implementation of an integrated management plan to ensure a healthy, safe and prosperous ocean area. PNCIMA stretches from Canada’s northern border with Alaska south to Bute Inlet on the mainland, across to Campbell River on the east side of Vancouver Island and the Brooks Peninsula on the west side of Vancouver Island. Their website includes a document library consisting of PNCIMA publications, government reports and articles, First Nations publications, related federal policy and legislation, and stakeholder publications broadly related to integrated marine ecosystem management.

Key Words: ocean management plan, ecosystem, library, government, First Nations, legislation, publications

Lead Organization  Pacific North Coast Integrated Management Area (PNCIMA)
Regional Focus  Kitimat-Stikine, Skeena/Queen Charlotte, Central Coast
Status On-going
Website www.pncima.org/site/about-pncima/document-library.html
Primary Contact www.pncima.org/site/contact-us.html
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Pollution Tracker

Description: Pollutiontracker.org is a new pollution monitoring tool documenting levels and trends of contaminants in sediment and mussels along the coast of British Columbia. Samples were collected in partnership with First Nations, community groups, port authorities and government agencies. The site includes an interactive map to view contaminants per study area including comprehensive data and findings. Phase 1 of PollutionTracker provides a high-quality coast-wide baseline dataset while Phase 2 (expected completion in 2018) will expand spatial coverage and temporal trend analysis.

Key Words:  Pollution, coast, analysis, contaminant, baseline data

Additional Resourceshttp://pollutiontracker.org

Lead Organization Ocean Wise
Regional Focus Central Coast, Kitimat-Stikine, Skeena-Queen Charlotte
Status On-going
Website ocean.org
Primary Contact pollutiontracker.org/contact
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State of the North Report – 2018

Description: The State of the North Development Trust released a ‘State of the North’ economic report in January 2018. The report focuses on northern British Columbia and provides data and statistics on key economic indicators such as GDP, unemployment rate and infrastructure investment. It has been designed as a tool to serve communities, businesses and not-for-profits.

Key Words:  Northern BC, economy, data, statistics

Additional Resourceshttps://www.northerndevelopment.bc.ca/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/NDIT-SoTN-Report-Final.pdf

Lead Organization Northern Development Initiative Trust
Regional Focus Bulkley-Nechako, Cariboo, Central Coast, Fraser-Fort George, Kitimat Stikine, Northern Rockies, Peace River, Skeena-Queen Charlotte
Status Complete
Website northerndevelopment.bc.ca
Primary Contact northerndevelopment.bc.ca/about/contact-us
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