Large Ocean Management Areas (LOMAs) were initiated in 2005 as a collaborative ocean and coastal planning process led and facilitated by Fisheries and Oceans Canada under Canada's Oceans Act. The primary aim of this initiative was to develop and implement an integrated management plan for five large marine regions across Canada.
Two LOMAs border Newfoundland and Labrador and have developed integrated management plans:
The Placentia Bay/Grand Banks Large Ocean Management Area (PB/GB LOMA) Integrated Management (IM) Plan (2012-2017) is presented as a multi-year, strategic level plan for the IM of policies, programs, plans, measures and activities in or affecting the PB/GB LOMA. The Plan is intended to provide long-term direction and a common basis for the development and implementation of action plans for environmental, social, cultural and economic sustainability.
The Plan follows an objectives-based management framework. Starting with a clear vision for safe and sustainable use of healthy oceans through effective and collaborative governance, the Plan aims to achieve three long-term, over-arching goals, as follows: collaborative and effective governance, healthy ecosystems, and sustainable use. These three goals provide the direction for developing underlying objectives, management strategies and management actions.
The Plan represents a shift from single species or single industry management to a broader, more inclusive method of ecosystem-based management for ocean and coastal activities. Management on an ecosystem scale acknowledges that the marine environment is a dynamic and evolving system composed of interdependent species and habitats and recognizes that human activities can have cumulative and far-reaching impacts on the environment. The Plan focuses on the overall management of the PB/GB LOMA to maintain integral aspects of ecosystem structure and function as well as social, cultural and economic well-being.
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