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

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.

Our project poster was submitted to the 2020 Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference. For additional conference materials please see here.

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

Online Map

The online map is anticipated to be published in the spring of 2021. Click below to see an example of what it will look like.

The Marine Reference Guide online map will contain hundreds of data layers that visualize and describe Howe Sound/Átl’ka7tsem’s aquatic ecology, biophysical environment, administrative boundaries, and human uses and values. This decision-support tool will show how different data layers overlap and interact and can be used to understand multi-use of aquatic spaces to reduce user conflict. This map will also support education and increase the holistic awareness of Howe Sound/Átl’ka7tsem – from mountain top to the seafloor.

Research Resources


Feel free to explore and share the following publicly accessible research documents produced by the Marine Reference Guide

The Marine Reference Guide aims 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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