As Fisheries and Oceans Canada moved towards implementing Integrated Management in the North and Central Coasts of British Columbia, several options were evaluated for the placement of administrative boundaries. This report reviewed three proposed boundaries that span the Central and North Coasts, and made note of one other in the Central Coast (Figure 1). From these inputs two recommendations were developed:
In this paper, an analysis of the literature around governance, collaboration, complexity, the role of science in society, and new thinking about resource management was undertaken to show that collaborations such as PacMARA might actually be better at asking and answering the questions needed to inform an ecosystem-based management approach.
The Pacific Marine Analysis and Research Association (PacMARA) is an organization that seeks to develop the use of cross-disciplinary marine science in ecosystem-based decision-making. We take an impartial, non-advocacy approach, to ocean and marine planning, because access to data, good science, and clear results are the heart of sustainable oceans management. Subscribe to our Newsletter