Integrated Coastal and Ocean Management (ICOM) strives to balance human use and conservation of coastal and marine ecosystems. It considers ecological, social, cultural, economic, technological and governance factors to facilitate sustainable development and management, from our coastlines to the open ocean.

Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) is a practical tool to assist with ICOM. MSP allocates marine space for specific uses, and aims to reduce conflict between those uses. MSP is a participatory process that engages coastal and ocean stakeholders to help identify when and where human activities can occur. Watch this short video to learn more. 

Stapleton Environmental Consulting Inc. will help you design and execute an MSP process that engages stakeholders and informs a plan for sustainable use of our coastal and ocean spaces. 


Services offered: 

  • Pre-planning guidance - identifying current challenges, defining principles and 'SMART' objectives

  • Baseline assessment, including identification of data gaps and research needs

  • Engagement of coastal and ocean users, government, and other interested parties

  • Marine plan development, including zoning and management measures

  • Identification of actions required for implementation, compliance and enforcement

  • Evaluation of plan performance and recommendations for adaptive management

  • Advice to governments on developing marine planning policy

  • Advice to coastal and ocean stakeholders on the implications of marine planning and policy

  • Assistance with applications for provincial and federal funding