Federal Marine Bioregions
The spatial planning framework for Canada's national network of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) is comprised of 13 ecologically defined bioregions that cover Canada's oceans and the Great Lakes. Note that the geographic boundaries for the bioregions are fuzzy and may change based on ecosystemic conditions.
Detailed descriptions and discussions on the federal network of marine bioregions can be found in:
DFO. 2009. Development of a Framework and Principles for the Biogeographic Classification of Canadian Marine Areas. DFO Can. Sci. Advis. Sec. Sci. Advis. Rep. 2009/056 (http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/csas-sccs/publications/sar-as/2009/2009_056-eng.htm);
DFO. 2010. Proceedings of a National Science Advisory Process to Provide Guidance on the Development of a Framework and Principles for the Biogeographic Classification of Canadian Marine Areas; 15-16 June 2009. DFO Can. Sci. Advis. Sec. Proceed. Ser. 2009/039. (http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/csas-sccs/publications/pro-cr/2009/2009_039-eng.htm); and
National Framework for Canada's Network of Marine Protected Areas (http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/oceans/publications/mpanf-cnzpm/page01-eng.html).
- Publisher - Current Organization Name: Fisheries and Oceans Canada
- Licence: Open Government Licence - Canada
Data and Resources
Federal Marine BioregionsFGDB/GDBEnglish French dataset FGDB/GDB
Data DictionaryPDFEnglish guide PDF
Data DictionaryPDFFrench guide PDF
Federal Marine BioregionsSHPEnglish French dataset SHP
Federal Marine BioregionsWMSEnglish French dataset WMS
Federal Marine BioregionsESRI RESTEnglish web_service ESRI REST
Federal Marine BioregionsESRI RESTFrench web_service ESRI REST
|Federal Marine Bioregions|
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