B.C.’s Bountiful Sea: Heritage Worth Preserving
David Suzuki Foundation and partners
Authored by: Jodi Stark
Partners: Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS), Living Oceans Society, Sierra Club of BC
Oceans and fresh water British Columbia, protecting coastal waters, Pacific North Coast Integrated Management Area (PNCIMA), conservation, industry, community and culture, policy and regulation, water systems
The marine environments of British Columbia’s central and north coast teem with life and offer up adventure and opportunity. Few places in the world offer such an abundance and diversity of marine life.
The Canadian government has named this region the Pacific North Coast Integrated Management Area, or PNCIMA (pronounced pen-SEE-ma). The area is one of five large ocean regions selected by the federal government to undergo a planning process to improve management and ensure long-term ecosystem health.
Increasing industrialization is threatening the wildlife, natural spaces and the very health of ocean ecosystems. The opportunity, and our challenge, lies in the potential to ensure the continual productivity and health of this region by developing a comprehensive management and conservation plan that considers the interests of all the people, animals and plants that share our ocean resources.
The opportunity is before us. The challenge is ours. Let’s start unraveling some of PNCIMA’s mystery by exploring its natural wonder.
State of the Ocean in the Pacific North Coast Integrated Management Area (PNCIMA)
The report examines the current state of the marine area known as the Pacific North Coast Integrated Management Area, including biological and ecological diversity as well as commercial industries.