Marine environmental management resources

The following resources can provide valuable assistance when reviewing the opportunities and challenges involved in maintaining a sustainable marine environment.


BC Seafood Alliance

The BC Seafood Alliance is committed to the conservation and sustainable use of seafood resources in British Columbia. This site includes Archipelago’s report on “traceability in the BC seafood sector.”

The Canadian Groundfish Research and Conservation Society

The Canadian Groundfish Research and Conservation Society (CGRCS) is committed to the conservation and sustainable management of Canadian Groundfish off the west coast of British Columbia, Canada. The CGRCS works cooperatively and in partnership with Department of Fisheries and Oceans scientists and managers on research activities and operational programs in support of a healthy and well-managed fishery.

EM Information

The Electronic Monitoring Information website hosted by the National EM Workshop Steering Committee. This site publishes resources and discussions on electronic monitoring and electronic reporting, including sessions of the 2014 National EM Workshop held in Seattle, Washington.

Underwater Harvesters Association (Geoduck)

The Underwater Harvesters Association’s site devoted to the geoduck clam and the management of the geoduck fishery.

Pacific Halibut Management Association

The Pacific Halibut Management Association (PHMA) is a BC fishermen’s association representing over 80% of commercial halibut licence holders in British Columbia. PHMA members continue to reap benefits from years of sustainable management practices, and the PHMA website reflects the Association’s commitment to advancing co-management in the commercial fishery and ensuring that halibut resources continue to be conserved and protected. displays global AIS transponder information to monitor and identify vessels anywhere in the world.


BC Ministry of Environment, Oceans and Marine Fisheries Branch

Visit the Oceans and Marine Fisheries Branch Reports and Publications page to view reports on traceability within the BC seafood sector.

BC Integrated Groundfish Program

The Government of Canada and the BC seafood industry implemented an integrated groundfish management program in 2006 to ensure that groundfish are harvested in a sustainable manner. See the BC Fishery information sheet for more.

BC Species and Ecosystems Explorer (via BC Conservation Data Centre)

The BC Species and Ecosystems Explorer provides authoritative conservation information on approximately 6000 plants and animals, and over 600 ecological communities (ecosystems) in British Columbia.

Centre for Scientific Advice (Fisheries and Oceans Canada)

The Pacific Scientific Advice Review Committee (PSARC) issues science advisory reports that summarize the status and trends of different stocks of fish, invertebrates and marine mammals in Canada as well as ecosystem, environmental, species at risk, and management issues.

Coastal Resources Information Management System

The Coastal Resource Information System (CRIMS) displays a diverse range of coastal and marine biophysical and resource information including shoreline video, climate stations, and fisheries.

Community Mapping Network

The CMN helps communities throughout British Columbia and across Canada to map sensitive habitats and species distributions in aid of planning for sustainable communities. The CMN uses customized data entry and digitizing tools integrated with links to local and remote data sets, as well as web map service (WMS) sources, geo-referenced videos, and sensitive habitat inventory and mapping (SHIM) projects.

Denmark’s Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries

As the fifth largest exporter of fish and fish products in the world, Denmark is a leading advocate of sustainable fishing alternatives. The Danish Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries is committed to using optimal fishing methods, conserving catch, and limiting discards to help ensure the sustainable development of this sector.

DFO Pacific Fisheries Management

The Pacific Region includes over 27 000 kilometres of coastline along British Columbia and the Yukon Territory, and 560 000 square kilometres of ocean. The Fisheries and Ocean Canada “Pacific Region” web site provides a range of resources and reference material on all aspects of the Pacific Region’s commercial, recreational and Aboriginal fisheries.

European Commission: Fisheries

The European Commission’s Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries manages two policy areas: integrated maritime policy and common fisheries policy (CFP). Visit this site to learn more about current events such the European Commission’s latest reforms to the common fisheries policy.

Fisheries and Aquaculture Department: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Integrated Fisheries Monitoring (IFM) refers to the collection and analysis of a wide range of data from the fisheries. IFM encompasses monitoring, control, and surveillance (MCS), as well as other aspects of monitoring carried out on or by fishing vessels. Visit FAO’s “Integrated Fisheries Monitoring” page to learn more.

GIS Maps & Data (Fisheries and Oceans Canada)

The GIS Maps & Data page offers an interactive mapping utility that includes various layers, such as catch and effort data provided by Archipelago and BC fisheries.


The HabitatWizard is a map-based tool created for government, industry, and environmental users to spatially access detailed fish and fish habitat information, including fish observations, fish ranges, obstacles, stream and lake physical information, aerial photography, the watershed atlas, fish stocking records, and bathymetric mapping for over 2500 lakes.

NOAA Fisheries Service: Bycatch

As part of its National Bycatch Strategy, NOAA’s Fisheries Service is committed to implementing conservation and management measures for living marine resources that will minimize, to the extent practicable, bycatch and the mortality of bycatch that cannot be avoided. Visit NOAA’s “Bycatch” page to learn more.

NOAA Fisheries Service: Office of Sustainable Fisheries

Around the world, catch shares help to eliminate overfishing and achieve annual catch limits, produce more fish at lower costs, improve fishermen’s safety and profits, and reduce the negative biological and economic effects of regulated fisheries that don’t use catch share programs. Visit NOAA’s “Catch Shares” page to learn more.

Pacific North Coast Integrated Management Area

The Pacific North Coast Integrated Management Area (PNCIMA) initiative aims to ensure a healthy, safe, and prosperous ocean area by engaging all interested parties in the collaborative development and implementation of an integrated management plan for PNCIMA.

Scottish Government Catch Quota Scheme

This report builds on the interim report published by Marine Scotland in September 2010 and is intended to focus on the scientific, economic and compliance aspects of Catch Quota Management using Remote Electronic Monitoring (REM).

Shorezone: Alaska Coastal Inventory and Mapping Project

A valuable resource for coastal managers, ShoreZone provides coastal aerial video surveys with biophysical classification, all geo-referenced and available to the public through this site.

Transportation Safety Board of Canada: Marine

Use this site to quickly access marine investigation reports, recommendations and assessments of responses, and statistics.


Environmental Defense Fund: Monitoring Fisheries Electronically

This site lists the latest papers, reports, meetings etc., on using EM for fisheries.

Environmental Defense Fund: BC Integrated Groundfish Program

The British Columbia Integrated Groundfish Program is one of the most comprehensive catch share programs in the world. Visit the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) site to learn more.

Environmental Defense Fund: Danish Pelagic and Demersal ITQ Programs

The Danish Pelagic and Demersal Individual Transferable Quota Programs (ITQ Programs) involve promoting economic growth in the fisheries sector by balancing the capacity of the fishing fleet with the available resource. Visit the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) site to learn more.

Green Shores

Tools and resources for planning, design, and construction professionals who want to minimize the environmental impacts of their projects in a cost effective manner.

International Seafood Sustainability Foundation

The International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) employs science-based initiatives for the long-term conservation and sustainable use of tuna stocks, reducing bycatch and promoting ecosystem health.

Marine Stewardship Council

MSC’s theory of change describes how the MSC eco-labelling and certification program contributes to achieving its vision of safeguarding the worlds’ oceans, and preserving seafood supplies for this, and future generations.

World Wildlife Fund: Global Marine Programme

WWF’s Global Marine Programme creates, promotes, and implements solutions to protect marine ecosystems and use marine resources sustainably.


British Columbia Marine Conservation Analysis

The British Columbia Marine Conservation Analysis (BCMCA) is a collaborative project designed to provide information about marine biodiversity and human activity in BC’s marine waters.


FishBase is a searchable database developed by the University of British Columbia that provides a range of fish information, including life history, photos, distribution, etc.

Fisheries Science and Management Research Group (Simon Fraser University)

The Fisheries Science and Management Research Group helps to improve the understanding and management of fish populations through research on marine and freshwater systems, including fish, marine mammals, invertebrates, and their habitats.

International Pacific Halibut Commission

The International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC) was established in 1923 by a Convention between the governments of Canada and the United States of America to provide research and management of the stocks of Pacific halibut. This site is a good resource for industry reports and summaries, event information, research, etc.

University of British Columbia Fisheries Centre

The Fisheries Centre works with maritime communities, government, and NGOs to help restore fisheries, conserve aquatic life, and rebuild ecosystems.