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Proceedings 2011/047

Identification of Ecologically and Biologically Significant Areas (EBSAs) in the Canadian Arctic; June 14-17, 2011

Chairpersons: J. Paulic and J. Rice
Editor: M.-C. Fortin


A national science advisory meeting was held June 14-17, 2011 at the Delta Hotel in Winnipeg. The primary objective of this peer-review meeting was to identify marine Ecologically and Biologically Significant Areas (EBSAs) in the Canadian Arctic using Fisheries and Oceans Canada EBSA Criteria. A primary working paper summarised the information from a large number of sources and provided the basis for the related science advice. In addition, meeting participants provided further supplementary information. Once the relevant Arctic EBSAs were identified, their national or global significance was determined. This Arctic EBSA exercise is part of Canada’s ongoing commitment to building a national network of marine protected areas.

This meeting gathered a total of 32 experts from Fisheries and Oceans Canada (Science, Oceans, and Ecosystems and Fisheries Management), other federal departments, the World Wildlife Fund, the Canadian Healthy Oceans Network (CHONe), the province of Manitoba, and the Fisheries Joint Management Committee (Inuvialuit). These proceedings summarize the discussions from the meeting. Additional publications from this process will be posted on the DFO Science Advisory Schedule.

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