The B.C. Northern Shelf Marine Protected Area (MPA) network planning process will use SeaSketch, a marine spatial planning tool designed for collaborative planning. The SeaSketch portal, customized for this process, has hundreds of geospatial data layers including administrative boundaries, species, habitats and marine uses.
The portal will support collaborative decision making by using the information displayed to inform discussions and decisions related to designing the network of MPAs for the Northern Shelf. It will also be used to engage stakeholders by providing an opportunity to see the data, to review draft and final network designs and support informed feedback. This tool is being used to make better management decisions in marine planning around the world.
Visit the MPA Network SeaSketch Portal to see how this tool is used and explore the many data layers to learn about the ecology and human uses of B.C.’s Northern Shelf.
You can use the portal to:
*Some areas of the portal include restricted, sensitive or confidential spatial data and therefore are protected.
MPA Network of the Northern Shelf Bioregion is a collaborative partnership between the Government of Canada, the Province of BC and many First Nations
Gitxaala Nation, Metlakatla First Nation, Gitga’at First Nation, Kitasoo/Xaixais First Nation, Heiltsuk Nation, Nuxalk First Nation, Wuikinuxv First Nation, Mamalilikulla Nation, Tlowitsis Nation, Da'naxda'xw Awetlala First Nation, Wei Wai Kum First Nation, and K'ómoks First Nation