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The David Suzuki Foundation in partnership with OceanWise unveiled their Atl’ka7tsem/Howe Sound Conservation Assessment in March. After two years of gathering existing data, citizen science and local knowledge, information has been mapped by a GIS expert to create a multi-layered online map for the public.

The objective of the map is to be a tool to support decision making over land use that impacts the marine environment. The technology known as Marxan reveals marine diversity hot spots are and recommends 34 candidate areas for protection and management.

The Howe Sound team at Suzuki Foundation held public information meetings in Squamish, Gibsons, Bowen Island and West Vancouver to explain the tool and its multi-layered features. The intent is for users of the map to support their work by linking to the map, and of interest.

We look forward to diving deeper into the opportunities this map brings and how it may influence the future of Howe Sound. To experience the map visit the Suzuki Foundation website here.

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