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 PNCIMA, which stretches 88,000 square kilometres from the northern tip of Vancouver Island to the southern tip of Alaska. PNCIMA is of interest to many British Columbians, and this report is intended to serve as an overview of the biological and ecological diversity, along with a profile of commercial industries that operate within and rely on the PNCIMA. Major threats to the sustainability of the PNCIMA species or ecosystems are reviewed.
This report also highlights the Canadian governance complexities as related to ecosystem-based ocean management and the scientific capacity available in British Columbia. The report identifies gaps in information needed to inform decision-making on marine-resource use issues. It finishes with a summary of social attitudes toward the integrated management of the PNCIMA.