Conceptual models of major ecosystems in Canada's Pacific Ocean / by Sharon Jeffery [and 12 others].: Fs97-6/3556E-PDF

"To aid marine spatial planning initiatives in Canada's Pacific Ocean, we developed a suite of conceptual models depicting the major ecosystems in our region. These range from the intertidal to the deep sea, including: High and low energy rocky shores, High and low energy soft shores, Rocky and soft bottom subtidal, Pelagic, Estuaries, Fjords, Hydrothermal vents, Seamounts, Bathyal plains, and Cold seeps. For each ecosystem, a series of four illustrations were developed. The first outlines the main ecological components of the ecosystem, including flora and fauna, and non-living components such as whale falls. The second outlines key ecological interactions, including predator-prey and competitive relationships. The third outlines the main environmental drivers (e.g., wave action, tides) influencing the species and their interactions. Finally, the fourth illustration outlines the main human activities impacting each ecosystem (e.g., fishing, agriculture). In order to illustrate the ecosystems there was a need to simplify their complexity; for example, full species lists and complete food webs were not outlined. To provide a general understanding of each ecosystem we included only the most important, representative, or iconic components. Together, the illustrations described here depict what is living and happening in each ecosystem, and can be used to inform marine spatial planning and as a tool to help non-scientists understand the ecosystems on our coast"--Abstract, page viii.

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Department/Agency Canada. Department of Fisheries and Oceans, issuing body.
Pacific Biological Station (1972- ), issuing body.
Title Conceptual models of major ecosystems in Canada's Pacific Ocean / by Sharon Jeffery [and 12 others].
Series title Canadian technical report of fisheries and aquatic sciences, 1488-5379 ; 3556
Publication type Series - View Master Record
Language [English]
Format Electronic
Electronic document
Note(s) Includes bibliographical references.
Includes abstracts in English and French.
Publishing information Nanaimo, BC, Canada : Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Science Branch, Pacific Region, Pacific Biological Station, 2023.
Author / Contributor Jeffery, Sharon, author.
Description 1 online resource (ix, 228 pages) : illustrations (some colour), colour maps.
ISBN 9780660495101
Catalogue number
  • Fs97-6/3556E-PDF
Subject terms Marine ecology -- British Columbia -- Pacific Coast.
Seashore ecology -- British Columbia -- Pacific Coast.
Sublittoral ecology -- British Columbia -- Pacific Coast.
Marine spatial planning -- British Columbia -- Pacific Coast.
Écologie marine -- Colombie-Britannique -- Pacifique, Côte du.
Écologie des rivages -- Colombie-Britannique -- Pacifique, Côte du.
Écologie sublittorale -- Colombie-Britannique -- Pacifique, Côte du.
Planification spatiale marine -- Colombie-Britannique -- Pacifique, Côte du.
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