Working with local partners our team has adapted the Ocean Health Index to capture characteristics that make British Columbia’s coastal ecosystems unique. Our approach incorporates locally meaningful information, priorities, and perspectives in order to track change in the health of B.C.’s ocean during the past ten years and to describe how management may have contributed to these patterns.
Why we are doing this
With this regional assessment of the Ocean Health Index we aim to address three core questions that inform management needs:
Have past management actions affected overall ocean health, and if so, in what ways?
How do different communities view and value aspects of ocean health, and how does this influence people's understanding of how healthy the ocean is?
How can the Index be used to inform and support ongoing comprehensive ocean planning efforts?
Where we are in the process
Our research team, based at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS), has collected social and ecological information and worked with managers, scientists, and other experts in the region to learn as much about the people, places, and characteristics of the local environment that make British Columbia special. You can find the results of our analyses in O'Hara et al. 2020.
See our OHI page to learn more about what the Ocean Health Index is and how it is calculated