Identifying Ecologically and Biologically Significant Areas (EBSA) and Ecologically Significant Species (ESS) in the coastal areas of the Great Lakes: adapting the criteria for determining 'significance' from DFO Oceans Action Plan


In marine areas, ecologically sensitive habitats and fish species that require enhanced management are identified under the Oceans Action Plan using specific criteria that address four conservation priorities:

  1. ecologically and biologically significant areas;
  2. ecologically significant species;
  3. depleted or rare species and
  4. degraded areas.

This project will test the use of these criteria for identifying the conservation priorities in freshwater ecosystems. This work will be done in two parts:

  1. a workshop to explain the marine criteria to freshwater scientists and to choose an area for a case study, and
  2. use of the case study results to evaluate the criteria in a freshwater context.

Program Name

Strategic Program for Ecosystem-based Research and Advice (SPERA)


Central Canada: Great Lakes, St. Lawrence Freshwater Drainage Basin

Principal Investigator(s)

Robert Randall

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