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Marine Ecosystem-based Management Gaps Dialogue


The Marine Ecosystem-based Management (EBM) Challenge Dialogue was developed by PacMARA in association with R. Keith Jones & Associates, with advice and recommendations from the BC Marine Community of Practice Process Champions:
  • DFO - Oceans, Habitat and Enhancement
  • DFO - Science
  • DFO - Fisheries and Aquaculture Management
  • BC Ministry of Environment - Oceans and Marine Fisheries
  • Parks Canada - Western and Northern Service Centre
  • Transport Canada - Environmental Services
  • Natural Resources Canada, GSC Pacific
  • BC Ministry of Forests - ILMB
  • BC Ministry of Agriculture and Lands - Aquaculture Policy

It was aimed at developing a common understanding and practice of marine EBM with regard to its implementation and practice in BC. The goal was to make recommendations on a process by which responsible agencies, First Nations and other interests collaboratively develop action plans to deliver on a shared strategy, with tangible benefits to improve capacity on Canada’s Pacific coast.

The Challenge Paper proposed the following activities:
  • Framing the marine EBM environment
  • Developing and delivering a strategy for an outreach and training program for EBM
  • Helping to facilitate the application of EBM in marine planning and decision-making
  • Leveraging EBM investments to date, including existing tools, skills and knowledge
  • Linking EBM science with marine policy development

Click here to view the Challenge Paper

The heart of this challenge is to engage a diverse set of key interests in the marine community in an open and progressive conversation focused on developing a common understanding of marine EBM. We start with an assessment of the current situation and recommend a strategy to address issues and opportunities in furthering EBM implementation and practice.

Response to the Challenge Paper was collected into the Consolidated Feedback, in which all responses appear unattributed.

Click here to view the Consolidated Feedback

This response was extremely helpful in forming the agenda and goals of the Marine Ecosystem-based Management Gaps Workshop that was held on 9-10 March 2010 in Sidney, BC.

Click here to go to the Marine Ecosystem-based Management Gaps Workshop page


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