MPA Network Planning Process for the Northern Shelf

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We need the ocean. Now the ocean needs us.

Help us create a Marine Protected Area Network in the Northern Shelf Bioregion.

The waters of British Columbia’s coast have been home to rich marine life and the habitats that sustain them for millennia. They are a source of food and job opportunity for people throughout the north coast and have provided for First Nations since time immemorial. The Northern Shelf is a coastal stretch from North Vancouver Island to the Alaska border, is home to Pacific salmon, Pacific herring, colonies of corals and sponge reefs, three types of killer whale, sea otter, a variety of rockfish, groundfish and shellfish, and lush kelp beds and eelgrass meadows.

These waters are today facing an increasing number of threats, including the impacts of development and climate change. Marine protected area (MPA) networks can help to restore coastal habitats, protect ecological values, and support environmental, cultural, social and economic benefits.

A landmark partnership between First Nations, the Province of B.C. and the Government of Canada is working to proactively protect areas of the Northern Shelf. From September 20 to November 10, the public is invited to provide input on a draft Network Action Plan to guide future implementation of a network of MPAs.

The draft plan is the outcome of over a decade of collaboration between three orders of governments, and consultation with industry, coastal communities, and other stakeholders.

We all share in the responsibility of conserving and protecting special marine areas. That’s why we’re looking forward to hearing from everyone that has interest in the Northern Shelf and its future as we develop a plan for a network of MPAs in British Columbia.

We need the ocean. Now the ocean needs us.

Help us create a Marine Protected Area Network in the Northern Shelf Bioregion.

The waters of British Columbia’s coast have been home to rich marine life and the habitats that sustain them for millennia. They are a source of food and job opportunity for people throughout the north coast and have provided for First Nations since time immemorial. The Northern Shelf is a coastal stretch from North Vancouver Island to the Alaska border, is home to Pacific salmon, Pacific herring, colonies of corals and sponge reefs, three types of killer whale, sea otter, a variety of rockfish, groundfish and shellfish, and lush kelp beds and eelgrass meadows.

These waters are today facing an increasing number of threats, including the impacts of development and climate change. Marine protected area (MPA) networks can help to restore coastal habitats, protect ecological values, and support environmental, cultural, social and economic benefits.

A landmark partnership between First Nations, the Province of B.C. and the Government of Canada is working to proactively protect areas of the Northern Shelf. From September 20 to November 10, the public is invited to provide input on a draft Network Action Plan to guide future implementation of a network of MPAs.

The draft plan is the outcome of over a decade of collaboration between three orders of governments, and consultation with industry, coastal communities, and other stakeholders.

We all share in the responsibility of conserving and protecting special marine areas. That’s why we’re looking forward to hearing from everyone that has interest in the Northern Shelf and its future as we develop a plan for a network of MPAs in British Columbia.

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MPA Network in the Northern Shelf Bioregion

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Spatial Survey

The Network Action Plan spatial survey is one of the main tools for the public to share their input on the proposed Marine Protected Area Network. After attending an open house or reading the Network Action Plan and its supporting documents, take a moment to fill out the following spatial survey and help us create a Marine Protected Area Network that works for all British Columbians. This spatial survey enables you to view maps of the proposed MPA network and drop a ‘pin’ on a Marine Protected Area Network Zone or other area of interest, and provide comments about this particular location. To provide input on a specific zone, click on the '+' symbol on the upper left side of the screen, then drag a pin over to zone/location on the map. Once the pin is placed it will open up a form with a short series of questions enabling you to comment on the zone. You can also click on a zone to get some basic information about it (zone number, sub-region, type).


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