Living Ocean Society
- Conservation Utility Analysis, Living Oceans Society (1.5 MB PDF)
The Conservation Utility Analysis was conducted as part of the the Coast Information Team’s Ecosystem Spatial Analysis and completed as part of the Central Coast Land and Resource Management Plan. The CUA used the decision-support tool Marxan to identify marine areas of high conservation value for BC.
Canadian Science Advisory Secretariat
Department of Fisheries and Oceans
Joint Initiatives Government of Canada and British Columbia
IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas
Other PDF atlas products
- Atlas of the Patagonian Sea. Species and Spaces (website)
Alarmed by the growing vulnerability of the Patagonian Sea and its dwindling wildlife and motivated by the lack of accessible information for sustainable conservation, an unprecedented gathering of scientific and conservation organizations came together to fill the information gap. They determined to create a series of wholly new and basic conservation management tools. This Atlas of the Patagonian Sea and its companion publication, the Synthesis, are the rewarding results. The bilingual atlas, published in Spanish and English, is based on the contributions from 25 scientists of 13 organizations and represent the most advanced information ever compiled on the southwest Atlantic’s characteristics and resources.
- Grand Banks Human Use Atlas (117 MB PDF)
The atlas was prepared by the Oceans Division of Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO), Newfoundland and Labrador Region, to provide oceans planners, managers and users with a visual interpretation on the location and extent of major human activities that occur within the Grand Banks study area (see map entitled, Atlas of Human Activities Study Area). It will serve as a useful tool in the initial planning stages of the offshore component of the Placentia Bay/Grand Banks Large Ocean Management Area (PB/GB LOMA).
Web Mapping and Applications Documents
- Community Mapping Network (CMN) (website)
The CMN helps communities in British Columbia and Canada map sensitive habitats and species distribution. Information is integrated from many sources to assist land use planning and is freely available in over fifty user friendly atlases. The atlases have links to local and remote databases, WMS sources and geo-referenced video. The CMN supports Sensitive Habitat Inventory and Mapping (SHIM) projects and provides customized data entry, digitizing and other tools.
- BC Marine Protection Area web mapping tool (website)
This Province of British Columbia web site provides detailed information regarding Marine Protection Areas in Pacific Canada predominantly through the use of the MPnA Decision Support Tool. The tool is an online query and set of reporting tools that uses available marine spatial and attribute resource data to enable the rapid spatial assessment of the current Marine Protection Areas (MPnA) system and priority candidate sites in BC.
- Eastern Scotian Shelf Integrated Management (ESSIM) (website)
This atlas was prepared by the Eastern Scotian Shelf Integrated Management (ESSIM) Planning Office [of DFO] to show the extent of human activities on the Scotian Shelf and some of the management boundaries related to those activities. Managing multiple human activities is a major theme in the draft ESSIM Integrated Ocean Management Plan and a number of objectives set out in the plan relate to this theme. By providing information on the extent and intensity of a broad range of human activities on the shelf, it is hoped that managers, ocean users and others involved with the ESSIM initiative will have a better understanding of human activities in the offshore.
- Marine Matters – Atlas of Haida Gwaii – Queen Charlotte Islands (website)
This Marine Atlas is a beginning to greater understanding of marine matters around the Islands. It is by no means a comprehensive picture of the intricacies of the ocean, but it does begin to paint a picture of current human uses of marine resources and what we know of the marine ecosystems that support us.