Integrated management is a modern approach to managing Canada’s ocean resources. It is a collaborative way of making decisions on how Canada’s marine resources can best be developed and protected.
Integrated management means new approaches to collaboration across and between governments, new ways of doing business for oceans users, and the active engagement of Canadian communities, Aboriginal people, organizations, and citizens.
As a central principle of Canada’s Oceans Strategy, Integrated Oceans Management is a commitment to planning and managing human activities while considering all measures necessary for the conservation, protection and sustainable use of ocean resources and the shared use of ocean areas.
An integrated management plan will reflect a balanced approach to oceans management, with objectives for respecting economic, social and ecological health of the region.
The Government of Canada has established five Large Ocean Management Areas (LOMAs) where integrated oceans management plans are being developed for the management of each of these ocean areas. These are identified in Canada's Oceans Action Plan. The Pacific North Coast Integrated Management Area (PNCIMA) is the first LOMA to be established on the west coast of Canada.
The PNCIMA initiative is a collaborative planning process that will develop an integrated ocean management plan for the Pacific central and north coast. The goal of the initiative is to ensure sustainable human use and conserve ecological diversity of the marine area.
The planning process will bring together all interested parties: commercial and recreational users, ENGOs, First Nations, government agencies, and coastal communities.
The PNCIMA planning process was formally launched at a multi-stakeholder PNCIMA Forum in March 2009, which was attended by over 300 people. The Forum represented the beginning of creating an integrated management planning process for the Pacific North Coast as well as an opportunity to learn and provide input into what that process might become.
Important progress has been made with input from the Integrated Oceans Advisory Committee and hundreds of attendees at sub regional advisory forums throughout the PNCIMA region.
In September, 2011, Fisheries and Oceans Canada decided to revise the planning process for the Pacific North Coast Integrated Management Area to ensure that the process is completed on schedule by December 2012 and that it results in an integrated management plan that is sustainable and effective. The resulting plan will be focused on establishing a strategic, ecosystem-based plan. This plan will:
The plan will include the following key elements:
In light of this new approach, Fisheries and Oceans Canada withdrew from the Project Support Memorandum of Understanding Tides Canada regarding the Pacific North Coast Integrated Oceans Management Area planning process.
A final draft integrated management plan is scheduled to be ready for submission by December 2012.
Visit pncima.org for further information, including a library of PNCIMA publications and reports.
DFO is collaborating with other government and non-government interests on the West Coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia
to work together to develop and implement strategies that address
aquatic issues while moving towards a longer term vision and objectives.
For more information, please see www.westcoastaquatic.ca.