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Committing to effective marine protected areas

May 21, 2014
Committing to effective marine protected areas
Marine protected areas need management plans, budgets, dedicated staff, monitoring and enforcement to achieve their intended benefits. Marine protection measures are more successful and regulations are easier to enforce when communities are involved. This beautifully illustrated report presents opportunities to build support and boost local economies through partnerships with First...

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Rockfish conservation areas in B.C.: Our current state of knowledge

March 31, 2014
Rockfish conservation areas in B.C.: Our current state of knowledge
Rockfish Conservation Areas are fishery closures intended to be refuges for the diversity of rockfish in B.C.'s oceans. But are they working? This technical report: examines the reasons for—and potential of—Rockfish Conservation Areas; summarizes studies about their effectiveness; and, describes the research and outreach needed for them to work better....

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Marine Protected Areas 101

March 13, 2014
Marine Protected Areas 101
Science and experience have taught us key design principles to help make marine protected areas most effective. The most fundamental ones are summarized in this one-page report. Part of a series of reports on marine planning and protected areas. Read more: Safeguarding B.C.'s coastal waters: marine protected areas for fishing,...

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Safeguarding B.C.'s Coastal Waters: Marine protected areas for fishing, tourism and communities

March 13, 2014
Marine protected areas safeguard our natural treasures, as well as coastal economies. A vast majority of British Columbians are asking for greater marine protection in the Canadian Pacific. Political and financial commitments are needed to meet Canada's national and international commitments to establish a network of marine protected areas by...

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Cleaning Up Our Ocean: A report on ocean pollution from shipping-related sources in the Pacific North Coast Integrated Management Area (Pncima) on the British Columbia coast

April 2, 2009
Cleaning Up Our Ocean: A report on ocean pollution from shipping-related sources in the Pacific North Coast Integrated Management Area (Pncima) on the British Columbia coast

This report aims to assist conservation efforts in the Pacific Northwest by assessing the pollution impacts of the shipping sector, as well as offering area-based recommendations for the integrated management of the region.

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Knowledge Integration in Salmon Conservation and Sustainability Planning: Towards Effective Implementation of Wild Salmon Policy Strategy Four

March 29, 2009
Knowledge Integration in Salmon Conservation and Sustainability Planning: Towards Effective Implementation of Wild Salmon Policy Strategy Four

This report builds on the efforts of the David Suzuki Foundation report, Returning Salmon, and focuses on the integration of knowledge and people in salmon management.

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B.C.'s Bountiful Sea: Heritage Worth Preserving

October 29, 2008
B.C.'s Bountiful Sea: Heritage Worth Preserving

B.C.'s Bountiful Sea: Heritage Worth Preserving explores the natural wonders of the Pacific North Coast Integrated Management Area (PNCIMA).

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An Upstream Battle: Declines in 10 Pacific salmon stocks and solutions for their survival

October 27, 2008
An Upstream Battle: Declines in 10 Pacific salmon stocks and solutions for their survival

The declines of salmon profiled in An Upstream Battle: Declines in 10 Pacific salmon stocks and solutions for their survival are symptomatic of the challenges facing Pacific salmon in Canada. By focusing on specific examples of salmon stocks in decline, this report analyzes these challenges in greater detail and provides guidance on their recovery.

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Global Assessment of Closed System Aquaculture

May 15, 2008
Global Assessment of Closed System Aquaculture

Closed system aquaculture (CSA) is already providing better ways to farm fish. This involves barrier technologies that ensure no contact between wild and farmed fish, thus eliminating the most negative impacts of fish farming and significantly reducing others. Around the world, CSA is producing fish and profits without degrading the rich abundance of oceans, lakes, and streams.

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Tomorrow Today: How Canada can make a world of difference

March 6, 2008
Tomorrow Today: How Canada can make a world of difference

Tomorrow Today: How Canada can make a world of difference, issued by the country's 11 largest environmental and conservation organizations offers practical directions for addressing the number one concern for Canadians - the state of the environment. The groups' recommendations centre on climate change, energy use, food production, toxic substances, water, forests and oceans.

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Marine Protected Areas Progress Report Card

January 11, 2008
Marine Protected Areas Progress Report Card

The Living Oceans Society, David Suzuki Foundation and Sierra Club British Columbia have produced this progress report card to assess Canada's performance in meeting its national and international commitments to establish a global network of Marine Protected Areas by 2012. The performances of classmates Australia and the United States were assessed to provide a comparison. In light of the poor grades Canada received, specific steps have been recommended outlining how and where Canada needs improvement in order to get a passing grade by 2012.

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Fish Farms Drive Wild Salmon Toward Local Extinction

December 11, 2007
Fish Farms Drive Wild Salmon Toward Local Extinction

This is a summary of Declining wild salmon populations in relation to parasites from farm salmon, a study conducted by a team of biologists, fisheries scientists, and mathematicians from Dalhousie University and the University of Alberta and published in the peer-reviewed journal Science in December 2007. It investigates the impacts of sea lice from fish farms on wild salmon abundance.

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