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TitleBenthic habitat mapping in Canada : a perspective
AuthorKostylev, V E; Todd, B JORCID logo; Shaw, J
SourceAll the fishes that swim - counting, catching and sustaining stocks; Journal of Ocean Technology vol. 3, no. 2, 2008 p. 7-12
Alt SeriesEarth Sciences Sector, Contribution Series 20100305
ProvinceEastern offshore region
Lat/Long WENS -68.0000 -58.0000 48.0000 41.0000
Subjectsgeophysics; marine geology; seabottom topography; seafloor topography; mapping techniques; bathymetry; oceanography; oceanographic surveys; Geographic information systems
Illustrationsphotographs; location maps; models
ProgramGeoscience for Oceans Management National morpho-dynamic framework for seabed management on continental shelves
Released2008 01 01
AbstractThe approaches to creating habitat maps and the types of maps produced depend on the management objectives. Managers of living marine resources, government bodies responsible for fisheries, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and fishery consortia, as well as marine researchers focusing on resource management and habitat conservation, have various, and not necessarily overlapping, needs in seabed habitat maps. In Canada we need habitat maps first and foremost to assist with the fishery and to determine its impacts on the environment. At other levels of marine spatial planning we need habitat maps to implement an ecosystem approach to ocean management, to assist in environmental monitoring and to resolve potential seabed use conflicts. In several recent decades, habitat mapping has grown into a separate scientific discipline. To achieve the fishery and conservation objectives, habitat mapping should be better coordinated nationally and internationally.We need better distribution of seabed habitat maps and increased support for habitat research to enable us to more efficiently address marine management challenges.

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