Marine Reference Guide

Click the link below to explore our online interactive map.

The Marine Reference Guide is a product of the Howe Sound/Átl’ka7tsem Marine Stewardship Initiative. The Marine Reference Guide map contains hundreds of data layers and documents that describe Howe Sound/Átl’ka7tsem’s aquatic ecology, biophysical environment, administrative boundaries, and human uses. By visualizing how different data layers overlap in aquatic spaces, this interactive decision-support tool can be used to reduce user conflict and maximize community and ecosystem benefits. Our goal is for this map to support marine spatial planning and education, and to increase the holistic awareness of Howe Sound/Átl’ka7tsem – from mountain top to the seafloor.

Our project plan describes the purpose, goals, deliverables, and context of this project.

We created the Project Updates in 2020 and 2021 to celebrate World Oceans Day and provide inspiration to the Sound’s community so that we can continue to protect our region’s nature and communities!

The one page summary reviews the project’s objectives, principles and deliverables. Feel free to print and distribute to any folks who may be interested in this initiative.

In 2020 we presented our poster at the 2020 Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference. For additional conference materials please see here

Research Reports


Feel free to explore and share the following publicly accessible research documents produced by the Marine Stewardship Initiative

The Marine Stewardship Initiative conducts research and creates decision-support tools, such as maps and reports, to fill existing data gaps using both natural and social science methods. Here you can find a few of the reports and research projects we are in the process of creating or have completed. This list is adaptive and will be added to over the course of the project.

We do not wish to reinvent the wheel or work in a silo, our strength is in community, communication, and connectivity.

There are many existing models for integrated land-sea and marine spatial planning in British Columbia that we draw from to develop the Guide. In addition, our goal is to support regional initiatives with similar objectives of supporting decision-making, collaborative management, marine spatial planning, and community education. Below are some initiatives that we are learning from and partnering with.

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