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Proceedings 2011/046

Application of Ecologically and Biologically Significant Areas (EBSA) Criteria – Lessons Learned; May 19-20, 2011

Chairpersons: J. Rice and N. Templeman
Editor: M.-C. Fortin


A national science advisory process was held May 19-20 2011 at the Lord Elgin Hotel in Ottawa. The primary objective of this science advisory process was to reflect on lessons learned in previous initiatives to identify ecologically and biologically significant areas (EBSAs) in the Canadian marine environment, and to provide further guidance for the application of criteria to identify EBSAs in the future. Participants reviewed, summarized, and provided guidance on the application of the five criteria used in the EBSA identification exercises. Further guidance was produced on the use of the EBSA criteria in coastal and freshwater environments, the identification of EBSAs within Canadian waters in data poor areas, and considerations of boundaries and scale. The Canadian Science Advisory Secretariat (CSAS) Science Advisory Report resulting from this meeting provides specific scientific advice and will help inform future EBSA evaluation processes, whereas these Proceedings summarize the discussions from the meeting.  This meeting gathered a total of 32 experts from Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) Science, Oceans and Habitat as well as experts from other federal and provincial Departments.

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