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Baja California to the Bering Sea (B2B) — Priority Conservation Areas

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From Baja California through the bays and inlets of the Pacific Northwest, to the highly productive Bering Sea, the west coast of North America teems with a wide range of uniquely important marine environments. It is also home to a great number of shared marine species — such as gray and blue whales, leatherback sea turtles and bluefin tuna — all of which migrate thousands of miles, moving across national borders without hesitation. Because of these shared species and ecosystems, the marine environments of Canada, Mexico and the United States are intimately linked. Accordingly, action or inaction on one side of a border will have consequences for the shared living organisms occupying ecosystems with no finite boundaries found in the ocean.

In 2005, MCBI and the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) of North America released the study Marine Priority Conservation Areas: Baja California to the Bering Sea (B2B), highlighting the 28 most important places to protect along the North American coastline from the edge of the Arctic Ocean to the Tropical East Pacific. These sites include especially unique areas such as the Gulf of California, important migratory corridors like Unimak Pass, and areas rich in biodiversity such as Monterey Bay. Marine experts consider these areas essential to safeguarding the biological diversity of the West Coast of North America.

This study, along with an associated map, cover a vast region governed by three nations. The conservation model resulting from this work focuses on doing marine conservation at a continental scale and also contains a framework for the first cooperative efforts in marine conservation among Mexico, the US and Canada.

 

Download the Report

Priority Conservation Areas: Baja California to the Bering Sea

Watch an animation depicting the B2B priority conservation areas. [6 MB MOV file]

View the map: B2B: A Blueprint for Conservation from Baja California to the Bering Sea

Request a copy of a CD of physical, biological, and social data of the B2B region.

 

Read the associated papers:

Identifying priority conservation areas from Baja California to the Bering Sea. Morgan, L.E., P. Etnoyer, T. Wilkinson, H. Herrmann, C.-F. Tsao, and S. Maxwell. (2004).

Persistent Pelagic Habitats in the Baja California to Bering Sea (B2B) Ecoregion. Morgan, L.E., P. Etnoyer, D. Canny and B. Mate (2004).

 

 

 

Marine Priority Conservation Areas: Baja California to the Bering Sea - Download the full report on the 28 priority areas

B2B 1.1: CD-ROM of physical, biological, and social data relevant to conservation planning within the Baja California to Bering Sea ecoregion

B2B Movie - Watch an animation depicting the B2B priority conservation areas. [6 MB MOV file]