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British Columbia Marine Conservation Analysis

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The British Columbia Marine Conservation Analysis (BCMCA) is a collaborative project assembling and analyzing spatial information about Canada's Pacific Ocean. The overall goal of the BCMCA is to identify marine areas of high conservation value and marine areas important to human use. Results of the project are intended to inform and help advance marine planning initiatives in BC by providing collaborative, peer-reviewed scientific analyses based on the best ecological and human use spatial data at scales relevant to a BC coast-wide analysis.
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The British Columbia Marine Conservation Analysis (BCMCA) is a collaborative project assembling and analyzing spatial information about Canada's Pacific Ocean. The overall goal of the BCMCA is to identify marine areas of high conservation value and marine areas important to human use. Results of the project are intended to inform and help advance marine planning initiatives in BC by providing collaborative, peer-reviewed scientific analyses based on the best ecological and socio-economic spatial data at scales relevant to a BC coast-wide analysis.
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This data set represents the spatial distribution of the commercial halibut fishery within the International Pacific Halibut Commission's statistical areas for British Columbia and was provided by the IPHC. The statistical areas were digitized by the IPHC and most vertices coincide with the historical IPHC areas. For accurate digitization, additional vertices were inserted by referring to NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) and CHS (Canadian Hydrographic Survey) Mercator projected charts. The BCMCA used the statistical areas to join the aggregated catch information from 1991-2006, also provided by the International Pacific Halibut Commission. Catch data is assigned to statistical areas using (in...
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