The Implementation Agreement for the North Coast sub-region was announced on August 3, 2016.

  • Implementation agreements confirm the partners’ approach to implementation of the marine plans in each sub-region and are consistent with the recommendations contained in each sub-regional marine plan.
  • Implementation agreements are the formal agreements between the Province and partner First Nations that outline the intent to collaborate on marine plan implementation, organizational structures, and general provisions on how governments will work together.

Download the North Coast Implementation Agreement.


Plan Implementation and Monitoring

While all of the objectives and strategies identified in the plan are important elements of an integrated EBM approach for North Coast waters, priority outcomes have been identified for near-term implementation (Chapter 6 of the plan should be consulted for full details on near-term implementation priority outcomes and associated actions.)

The key outcomes by topic area are:


  • Meaningful government-to-government partnerships are established.
  • Collaborative marine governance and implementation structures are developed.
  • First Nations governance, management, and enhancement of resources are supported.
  • Capacity is enhanced for resource protection and management.

Collaboration and Consultation

  • Collaboration is formalized, information is shared, and actions are co-ordinated.
  • Consultation processes are co-ordinated, efficient and thorough.

Cumulative Effects

  • Cumulative effects are understood and data needs identified.
  • Cumulative effects are managed and mitigated, and resource values are sustained.


  • Important ecological and cultural values are identified for protective management.
  • Heritage resources, cultural practices and archaeological sites are protected.
  • The adverse effects of climate change are anticipated and adaptive capacity is strengthened.

Sustainable Economies

  • Opportunities for sustainable economic development are identified and supported through an EBM framework.

The goal is to implement all strategies over the longer term (five years and beyond), as funding and other resources permit. Ongoing communication and collaboration will be essential as work is advanced on all plan strategies.

It is anticipated that a comprehensive evaluation of the plan will be conducted collaboratively every five years, and will consider emerging management needs and priorities, and results from annual reports. EBM indicators will be used to track changes in the state of the North Coast ecological and human well-being systems over time.

The North Coast Marine Plan is intended to be a living document that will be updated over time to remain relevant as issues, priorities and conditions change. This adaptive approach will allow for improved management and responsible stewardship over both the short and long term.


Implementation Progress, 2016-2017

The institutional structures required to implement many aspects of the North Coast Marine Plan were formalized, confirming how partners will collaborate through the implementation phase and how community and stakeholder engagement processes will be maintained. A North Coast Marine Plan Advisory Committee to support marine plan implementation was established, and the first meeting held in March 2017.

The development of policy and tools to assess the cumulative effects of projects on marine values is an area of focus for the North Coast. Significant, positive progress was made to establish formal governance arrangements that support implementation of cumulative effects objectives and strategies, and that improve collaboration and co-ordination between related initiatives. This included establishment of a Cumulative Effects First Nations Technical Table to support discussions of issues and opportunities in the North Coast. Cumulative effects value identification and selection progressed in 2016-2017. Selecting values is an important early step towards assessing cumulative effects.

Nations began the important task of compiling Aboriginal knowledge about sensitive or critical species and habitats. This information will inform the development of management plans for the North Coast protection management zones. The management plans will also include more detailed descriptions of marine values and recommendations for management action to achieve site objectives.

For details about progress on marine plan implementation activities, see the North Coast Annual Report 2017.


Implementation Progress, 2017-2018

For details about progress on marine plan implementation activities, see the North Coast Annual Report 2018.