Marxan Report: Ecological Scenarios

from January 15th, 2012

The BCMCA is in the final stages of preparing our Marxan analysis report on results. We have posted the report A Series of Marxan Scenarios for Pacific Canada that describes how we used Marxan to identify areas of high conservation value and areas important to human use. The 60-page report illustrates the results for 6 different ecological scenarios that drew on 170 ecological features to identify areas of high conservation value.

The results for our human use scenarios are still under review. The BCMCA is currently meeting with the Human Use Working Group sector representatives to review Marxan results for each sector, receive their comments and request approval to post maps of these results. The six sectors included in the review process are recreational fishing, commercial fishing, recreation and tourism, ocean energy, shipping and transportation, and tenures.

BCMCA anticipates the review process will be complete this winter. As sector representative approvals are received, BCMCA will update the full report and post results online. So… stay tuned!


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