Atl’ka7tsem/Howe Sound Ecological Values Assessment
David Suzuki Foundation and partners
Authored by: Fiona Beaty, Willem Van Riet
Partners: Ocean Wise Coastal Ocean Research Institute (CORI)
This document outlines the methods used to identify high biodiversity areas in Alt’ka7tsem/Howe Sound and has an accompanying map book that shows the areas of high ecological value identified through the process.
Upon running our Marxan computer modelling analysis, we identified approximately 43 areas of high ecological value in Atl’ka7tsem/Howe Sound. These areas predominantly occur along shorelines and in shallow (<30 m) waters.
Atl’ka7tsem/Howe Sound Conservation Options
This conservation analysis of Alt’ka7tsem/Howe Sound identifies areas of high ecological value that have the best opportunity to catalyze conservation action. Many of these areas overlap with existing human activity and are therefore not suitable for formal conservation protection. However, these areas present excellent opportunities for employing management and stewardship practices.