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By: Courtney Fines. The Pacific Marine ecozone b egins at the British Columbia coast. Protected by the Alaskan Peninsula from cold Arctic waters. The temperature of the ocean off of the Pacific coast varies remarkably. Ice is very rarely found here, and only seasonally in the north. .

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The Pacific Marine ecozone

  • begins at the British Columbia coast.
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Protected by the Alaskan Peninsula from cold Arctic waters.

  • The temperature of the ocean off of the Pacific coast varies remarkably.
  • Ice is very rarely found here, and only seasonally in the north.
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Macrocystis(giant kelp), coral reefs, and various seaweeds grow here. Eelgrass is found in coastal salt marshes

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Rivers of the west coast bring nutrients to the waters

  • A major upwelling near the southern end of Vancouver Island provides nutrients for a rich and diverse ocean community.
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The waters here contain over 3800 species of invertebrates as well as some of the largest vertebrates on the planet.

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Ecozoneprovides many benefits to the population that borders it through fishing, shipping, tourism and water recreation.

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