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A Legacy for BCMCA

from June 12th, 2013

The British Columbia Marine Conservation Analysis project spanned 2006 through 2013, and is now complete.

The BC Conservation Foundation (BCCF) have agreed to continue hosting the BCMCA website content through May 2016, keeping the data, atlas pages and analysis available. These resources can help inform decision making for years to come about Canada's Pacific.

If you have any questions about the BCMCA data or products please contact the BCMCA data custodian at

Also, to help people spread the word, we've created a printed promotional flier, which will start being distributed this week. Feel free to download the email-optimized PDF of the flier and share it with anyone whom you feel could benefit from BCMCA's resources.

Thank you for joining us on this journey, and we hope you make excellent use of this suite of products!

BCMCA Interactive Atlas Now Available!

from June 12th, 2013

The BCMCA has developed a BCMCA interactive online atlas. The interactive atlas displays all the familiar BCMCA marine feature data and allows you to overlay different features. Zoom into your specific area of interest and see how ecological features and human uses actually overlap.

The new atlas will not enable data downloads, but does facilitate viewing multiple datasets simultaneously and exploring the data the way you want to. There is a quick link from each layer to the corresponding BCMCA website feature page full of information and often you can download the data from there. The interactive atlas also lets you compose maps and save screen shots.

Find the atlas on the BCMCA website on the Community Mapping Network. Have fun exploring!

Features Updated and New Atlas Pages Available

from May 30th, 2013

The BCMCA has obtained updated data for a number of features over the last few months. The following Ecological features atlas pages have been updated: At-sea marine bird density, At-sea listed marine bird density, At-sea Marbled Murrelet density, Cassin’s Auklet foraging habitat, Rhinoceros Auklet foraging habitat, Bull kelp and giant kelp, Rare algae, Selected invertebrates (corals, crustaceans, echinoderms, molluscs, segmented worms, sponges), Oceanographic Regions, now called Upper Ocean Sub Regions (Methods to derive these regions were reviewed, our new facing page is much more informative, and a full report on methods is now available with the feature data download.).

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BCMCA Wrapping Up with Products Remaining Online

from May 28th, 2013

The British Columbia Marine Conservation Analysis (BCMCA) project is wrapping up phase two of our work and coming to a close. Believe it or not, it’s been almost two years since we published the Marine Atlas of Pacific Canada!

We’ve been busy since then… We have published our example Marxan Scenarios for Pacific Canada report. We held a series of presentations and provided many data sets to numerous government agencies, academic projects, and other organizations to assist in marine planning activities. We have also updated some atlas pages, drafted a few new ones, and assisted West Coast Aquatic and the Marine Planning Partnership with Marxan analyses to inform their planning initiatives. read more »

Any Interest in Marxan Training?

from December 15th, 2012

Are you interested in learning how to use the BCMCA features with Marxan?

The Project Team is considering hosting a free public webinar or developing a series of videos to demonstrate how the BCMCA features can be used in Marxan scenarios for marine planning decision support.

If you need help to access features that are not currently available for download on the BCMCA website or wonder how to prepare datasets for Marxan, this may be for you!


BCMCA Manuscript Accepted for Publication

from December 10th, 2012

The BCMCA is celebrating another success. A manuscript about the BCMCA that was co-authored and submitted for peer review by several project team members was recently published in the journal Marine Policy. read more »

New BCMCA Video

from November 20th, 2012

Check out this new video of the BCMCA. Project Team member and environmental non-governmental representative, Karin Bodtker, describes aspects of the BCMCA and the products. Please take a look!


More Data Packages Ready for Download

from November 10th, 2012

If you are interested in downloading the data or atlas pages for numerous features that are available on the BCMCA website, it can take some time. To make the process easier, the BCMCA has made available packages of the ecological features and we have now added packages for the human use features. read more »

Marxan Report Updated

from October 15th, 2012

Our report on a series of Marxan scenarios (13 MB PDF) features the results of some human use Marxan analyses.  The report describes how the BCMCA used Marxan to identify areas of high conservation value (using ecological data) and to identify areas important to human use (using human use data only). read more »

Revised Website Focuses on Results

from August 28th, 2012

The BC Marine Conservation Analysis (BCMCA) recently redesigned our website to allow for better access to the results of the BCMCA. The website is one of the main tools the BCMCA uses to offer marine planning initiatives in British Columbia access and use to the products in order to support decision makers. read more »

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