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 West Coast Ecosystem-Based Management Network


The West Coast Ecosystem-Based Management Network is a partnership of six community-based initiatives focused on the successful implementation of ecosystem-based management (EBM) along the coasts of Washington, Oregon and California (see member initiatives at left). The Network was formally organized in 2008.  

Each of the six members of the network has begun implementing ecosystem-based approaches to management in their local area, and taken steps towards substantive progress in demonstrating the realization of EBM for their local ecosystem.

Currently, the Network is organizing itself into a robust collaboration to further the progress of EBM throughout the West Coast and successful community-supported management of coastal ecosystems.  This includes:

  1. developing into a learning network among the groups

  2. progress towards identifying key steps towards “real-world” ecosystem-based management

  3. identifying opportunities to enhance their approaches

  4. collaboration with:

  5. -West Coast Governors’ Agreement on Ocean Health

  6. -EBM Tools Network

  7. -NOAA Coastal Services Center

  8. -Surfrider Foundation

  9. -and other partners

The Network’s member initiatives continue to pursue connections with policy and management activities in their respective states, while also beginning to examine potential links to regional and national policy developments related to ocean and coastal management, with a link to EBM. 

The Network plans to further develop its role in identifying, utilizing, and promoting the most effective mechanisms to implement ecosystem-based management approaches in coastal communities on the West Coast. The Network will also continue to pursue the development of EBM principles in management policies at the local, state, regional and federal levels.

Please check back to this website regularly for updates from the Network.

If you have questions or would like more information, please contact John Hansen, Network Coordinator, at john.hansen@westcoastebm.org.

Network Members

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San Juan Islands, WA

Port Orford, OR

Humboldt Bay, CA

San Juan Initiative
Port Orford Ocean Resource Team

Network Members

Humboldt Bay InitiativeHumboldt_Bay_Initiative.html
Elkhorn SloughElkhorn_Slough.html
San Luis Obispo Science & Ecosystem Alliance
Ventura River Ecosystem Project

(click for project summary pages)

June 2010 - UPDATE!

The West Coast EBM Network is excited to announce the release of its new guide,

Community-Based Management of Coastal Ecosystems:

Highlights and Lessons of Success from the West Coast EBM Network

Click HERE to download (PDF)

If you would like a full-color hard copy of the guide, or are interested in learning more, please contact Network Coordinator John Hansen, at john.hansen@westcoastebm.org.