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BCMCA persists to get it right!

from June 29th, 2010

The BC Marine Conservation Analysis has always been an ambitious project, and one that continues to bring new challenges and surprises.  Over the past few months the BCMCA has been experimenting with Marxan in a novel way - using two differently sized planning units (2x2 km and 4x4 km squares) in one analysis. Marxan experts didn’t really recommend this approach, but couldn’t provide evidence to convince us it wouldn’t work. read more »

Marxan Workshop Report

from June 8th, 2010

It was always part of the plan for the BCMCA to host a Marxan expert workshop to gather advice from those who have experience with the tool. It was a natural fit for the BCMCA and PacMARA to jointly host the Marxan workshop, as the BCMCA will be publishing lessons learned as a case study for a future edition of the Marxan Good Practices Handbook. Thus, the workshop was jointly planned with common objectives in mind and it was a great success! read more »

Wanted: Organized Spatial Datasets

from May 18th, 2010

You may be interested to know that on a global scale, there is a lack of consolidated, organized spatial datasets available to marine planners. Yes, the search for globally consolidated baseline data of marine and coastal ecosystems is on! Comprehensive, organized coastal datasets are currently limited in availability and are necessary to evaluate the multitude of resources and processes that are supplied by natural ecosystems.

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Impact of Marine Protected Areas on Fishing Communities

from May 18th, 2010

Due to the fact that Canada has the longest coastline in the world, over 7 million square kilometres of ocean area and a vast diversity of species, it is not surprising that marine protected areas are an area of interest for some researchers.

Conservation Biology recently published an online article (May 3, 2010) by Mascia et al, which examined the effects of marine protected areas (MPA) on fishing communities. The research concluded that MPAs cannot be definitively labeled as good or bad and the effects of MPAs on fishing communities vary within and among groups, when comparing different indicators of social well being. read more »

The BCMCA Concludes its Final Data Review Workshop

from May 18th, 2010

After meeting with several different fishery sectors in 2008 and 2009, the BCMCA collected and helped to develop spatial datasets that represent 22 different commercial fisheries. In December 2009 maps of the datasets and metadata were made available for review and during a project team meeting in January 2010, the idea of a workshop to complete the review process was proposed.

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Marxan 101

from May 18th, 2010

Marxan is a free decision-support tool, developed at the Ecology Center at the University of Queensland, which is widely used for marine planning purposes. Marxan is designed to facilitate smart decision-making that takes into account a broad range of ecological and socio-economic considerations, targets and tradeoffs. read more »

What does Economics have to do with the Great Barrier Reef?

from March 31st, 2010

There is a misconception that economics is only concerned with financial impacts and  values. However environmental economics, a growing field of economics, is the application of theoretical or empirical studies of the economic effects of national or local environmental policies around the world.

In February 2010, an article by McCook et al was published online in the PNAS (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United Sates of America), discussing both the environmental and economic benefits of a network of marine reserves in the Great Barrier Reef.  read more »

The Final Stages of Data Review

from March 8th, 2010

To date, there are approximately 100 ecological datasets that have been collected and reviewed by expert groups, which have been assembled into approximately 150 ecological features. The ecological data sets will be the first to be used for Marxan analyses, a process that will begin in the near future.

There have been approximately 100 datasets collected for Human Use data, which are currently in the final stages of review, by each appropriate sector. The data review process is required to verify that the data is accurate and complete, before it can be compiled to create features, which will be used to create one of the final products, the Atlas and used for Marxan analyses.

Stay tuned for updates as the data moves through some of the final, critical and exciting stages of the Project!

The BCMCA in Bamfield, B.C

from February 27th, 2010

Carrie Robb, BCMCA data manager and GIS specialist recently presented on behalf of the BCMCA at the First Knowledge Barkley Sound Symposium in Bamfield, B.C from February 9-11th. The BCMCA project tied in with the theme of the symposium, “spatial and temporal distributions of natural resources, human uses, and related values” and the Project Team was grateful that Carrie was able to participate in the symposium. As the project nears completion, this was a great opportunity to be able to communicate the unique collaboration of the BCMCA. read more »

The Countdown…

from February 27th, 2010

If you have visited the BCMCA website recently, you may have noticed that the Project Timeline has been altered. The full release of reports and final products has been extended to June 2010, from its original timeline of November 2009.

This extension will ensure that data collection is as thorough and extensive as possible. The BCMCA promotes transparency and collaboration and therefore the data review process is critical and it requires time… and patience.

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