Canada's Oceans Strategy
Table of Contents
- Complete Text
- Minister's Message
- Executive Summary
- The Context for Canada's Oceans Strategy (COS)
- The Application of COS
- Policy Framework
- Strategic Directions for Implementing COS
Appendix 1 - Integrated Management Initiatives at Work
Integrated Management initiatives are currently underway on all three coasts. The following examples give a sense of how Integrated Management planning can be put into practice:
Arctic Ocean: Beaufort Sea Integrated Management Planning Initiative (BSIMPI)
The 1984 Inuvialuit Final Agreement (IFA) established a modern resource co-management arrangement among the Inuvialuit of the Western Arctic, the Government of the Northwest Territories and the Government of Canada. The regional co-management mechanisms within this agreement have enabled the development of a multi-level joint management process for the Beaufort Sea Integrated Management Planning Initiative. This initiative involves several organizations in the scoping and planning of theBSIMPI, including: the Fisheries Joint Management Committee, the Inuvialuit Game Council, the Inuvialuit Regional Corporation, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, and the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers. Integrated Management will facilitate sound decisions addressing large-scale ecosystems, multiple users and issues of marine quality. The Beaufort Sea area continues to be of immediate interest as the Mackenzie Delta/Beaufort Sea remain poised to become major contributors to the continental energy supply.
Atlantic Ocean: Eastern Scotian Shelf Integrated Management (ESSIM) Initiative
The Eastern Scotian Shelf Integrated Management (ESSIM) Initiative (ESSIM) will lead to an Integrated Oceans Management plan for this large offshore area. Key interests in oceans use and activities include fisheries, offshore oil and gas, shipping, maritime defence operations, submarine cables, science, research and development, recreation and tourism, potential offshore minerals development, and marine conservation. Based on dialogue and input gained through the ESSIM Initiative to date, there is now discussion of a collaborative management and planning process and structure – the ESSIM Forum. This forum would function as a networked structure for engaging and linking federal and provincial government departments, boards and agencies, First Nations, oceans industry and resource user groups, community associations, non-governmental organizations, and academia in the ESSIM process.
Pacific Ocean: Central Coast of British Columbia
The Central Coast of British Columbia has experienced extensive harvesting of the marine and terrestrial natural resources during the past half century. During recent years there has been increasing pressures from growth in aquaculture, cruise ship tourism, sports fishing and potential offshore petroleum. First Nations are the principle inhabitants of this extensive, sparsely-populated, largely wilderness area.
Building on the results of an ongoing strategic planning initiative by the provincial government the area has been identified as an Oceans Act Integrated Management planning area. In collaboration with the provincial government, First nations, stakeholders and other interested parties, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, and other federal organizations, have commenced development of the marine information needed for integrated management of activities in the Central Coast.
Cat. No. Fs23-116/2002E-IN
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