Pacific Marine Analysis and Research Association

Who we are

PacMARA is a Canadian charitable organization based in Victoria, British Columbia, of science and planning professionals dedicated to building and increasing capacity in marine and coastal planning in Canada and internationally.

We acknowledge and respect the lək̓ʷəŋən peoples on whose traditional territory we stand, and the Songhees, Esquimalt and W̱SÁNEĆ peoples whose historical relationships with the land continue to this day.


Since 2010, we have trained more than 800 students and professional practitioners from 20 different countries on decision support tools for systematic conservation planning and marine spatial planning.

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In addition to training, we offer other services including technical analyses and advice, management support, and facilitation in applied marine (spatial) planning contexts.

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