Healthy Oceans. Healthy Communities.

Creating an ecosystem-based management plan

Primnoa coral

What is ecosystem-based management? Basically, it's a way of managing human activities that takes into account our cumulative impacts on ocean biodiversity, habitat, food webs, and water quality.

This is a new approach to doing things in the ocean - until now, we've only worried about our impacts on a handful of valuable species.

With ecosystem-based management, our scope is broadened to include non-commercial species, deep-sea corals and sponges, and so on.

Ecosystem-based management is the future of not only fisheries management, but of the management of all human activities in Canada's Pacific waters - and Living Oceans Society is at the forefront of this effort.