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Development of Canadas Operational Guidance for Identifying Other Effective Area-Based Conservation Measures in Canadas Marine Environment
by Canada (Government)
In June 2016, Canada announced a five-point plan to reach its national and international marine conservation targets. One initiative is to identify existing and establish new other effective area-based conservation measures (OEABCM). Discussions with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Task Group on OEABCMs, the CBDs Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice, and the Canadian Council of Ecological Areas informed the definition of OEABCM. Canadas Science Advisory Secretariat Process informed on the characteristics and factors to be used in determining whether an area-based management measure would likely provide biodiversity conservation benefits.
Five broad criteria for identifying marine OEABCM are outlined within an operational guidance document created by Fisheries and Oceans Canada:
1. Clearly defined geographic location;
2. Conservation or stock management objectives;
3. Presence of ecological components of interest;
4. Long-term duration of implementation; and
5. The ecological components of interest are effectively conserved
The defined criteria is to inform the identification of other measures and to guide future management and reporting of OEABCM
Progress reports
By 2020, sustainably manage and protect marine and coastal ecosystems to avoid significant adverse impacts, including by strengthening their resilience, and take action for their restoration in order to achieve healthy and productive oceans
Type of commitment
  • Ecosystem-based Adaptation
By 2020, effectively regulate harvesting and end overfishing, illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and destructive fishing practices and implement science-based management plans, in order to restore fish stocks in the shortest time feasible, at least to levels that can produce maximum sustainable yield as determined by their biological characteristics
Type of commitment
  • Ecosystem approach to fisheries (EAF)
By 2020, conserve at least 10 per cent of coastal and marine areas, consistent with national and international law and based on the best available scientific information
Type of commitment
  • Other (please specify): Other effective area based conservation measures
May 2017
May 2017 - Publication of the Operational Guidance for identifying Other Effective Area-Based Conservation Measures (OEABCM) in Canadas Marine Environment.
Identification of specific other measures within Canadas bioregions.
Staff / Technical expertise
Canadian Government scientific expertise and resources supported this initiaitve.
Basic information
Time-frame: June 2016 - Ongoing
Fisheries and Oceans Canada(Government); International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Task Group on OEABM (International organization); CBDs Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice(International organization); Canadian Council of Ecological Areas (NGO); Canadian Science Advisory Secretariat Science Advisory Process (Government/Scientific Community)
Ocean Basins
  • Arctic Ocean
  • Global
  • North Atlantic
  • North Pacific
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
Contact information
Christie Chute, Manager, Marine Conservation Programs, Christie.Chute@dfo-mpo.gc.ca, 613-818-6578
Ottawa, Canada
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