Welcome to the SOG MRG
The Strait of Georgia Marine Reference Guide (SOG MRG) Beta release is a visualization platform that offers access to centralized geospatial data. This interactive map houses hundreds of layers across a variety of marine topics, from ecological to human use. Submerge into the data & compare layers to form a comprehensive image of the Strait of Georgia marine environment. Please fill out our Survey Form to provide input, assisting in shaping the development of this evolving tool.
Project Scope
SOG MRG provides data for a variety of geographic extents. The extent boundary indicated in the Marine Reference Guide subcategory of the map highlights the chosen area for municipal data inclusion. Data available at broader extents (e.g. federally) has most often been left unfiltered as provided by the data custodian.
Widget Overview

The following map widgets can help you navigate the data as well as perform a variety of operations. Hover over the icons below for widget descriptions. For additional usage guidance, refer to the User Guide or Training Videos.

Layers List
Full Screen
Case Studies
Add Data
Getting Started

When the map is fully loaded & you're ready to begin exploring, we recommend you orient yourself using the following first steps:

1.  Review the introductory map splash and press OK.
2. Expand the map to full screen by clicking the widget.
3. Reveal layer categories by clicking the widget.
4.  Expand a category and sub-category by clicking its name.
5. Turn on/off a layer by clicking the checkbox beside its name.
6.  Pan and zoom around the map to your area of interest.
7.  Click the symbol for a layer feature within the map to reveal its attributes within the popup widget.

Other Projects

SOG MRG was designed to align with and build upon two other Marine Reference Guide projects happening on British Columbia's Southern Coast:

The Átl’ka7tsem/Howe Sound Marine Stewardship Initiative interactive map contains hundreds of layers and documents that describe Átl’ka7tsem/Howe Sound aquatic ecology, biophysical environment, administrative boundaries, and human uses. 

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West Coast Aquatic's Marine Ecosystem Reference Guide includes over 200 layers of scientific, traditional and local knowledge in an interactive format focused on West Coast Vancouver Island. Click below to access their online interactive map.

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