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Welcome to the homepage of the Eastern Scotian Shelf Integrated Management (ESSIM) Initiative. This page has been designed to provide easy access to information on the ESSIM Initiative and to the activities of the ESSIM Planning Office.

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What is the
ESSIM Initiative?

The Eastern Scotian Shelf Integrated Management (ESSIM) Initiative is a collaborative ocean management and planning process being led and facilitated by Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) under Canada's Oceans Act. The primary aim of the Initiative is to develop and implement an Integrated Ocean Management Plan for this large marine region. This multi-year, strategic level plan provides long-term direction and a common basis for integrated, ecosystem-based and adaptive ocean management.

The ESSIM planning process involves a broad range of interests, including government, aboriginal groups, ocean industry and resource users, environmental conservation groups, coastal communities, and university researchers. Visit our background section for more information.