Coastal Resource Management
We evaluated the effectiveness of a marine zoning plan for the coast of British Columbia using ShoreZone and Marxan.
There is a growing body of research demonstrating that marine zoning has a positive effect on resident communities of fish, mammals, birds, invertebrates, and algae and plants. Zoning plans are intended to reduce present and potential conflicts among users and activities, provide business and user group with regulatory guidelines, improve efficiency in permitting decisions, and provide general management directions for resource managers. We conducted an ecological assessment for the Marine Planning Partnership for the North Pacific Coast (MaPP) that used ShoreZone coastal habitat attributes as data layers in a spatial analysis. MAPP is a collaborative process for developing a coastal and marine zoning plan for the coast of British Columbia. The MaPP partnership is between the Province of British Columbia, and 18 First Nations represented by the Coastal First Nations-Great Bear Initiative, the North Coast-Skeena First Nations Stewardship Society and the Nanwakolas Council.