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Ocean Networks Canada is looking for Youth Science Ambassadors in select MaPP Partner communities. Posted until positions filled.

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Here is the link to the Province’s Coastal Marine Strategy webpage:

You will find:
The Coastal Marine Strategy Intentions Paper;
summary of the Intentions Paper; and
A link to the questionnaire to provide your feedback by April 14, 2023.


Coastal Zone Canada 2023. Victoria, June 11-15, 2023
Registration now open.

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Here are some news items collected since March 9, 2023:

Indigenous funding model is a win-win for ecosystems and local economies in Canada
Spirit bear in the Great Bear Rainforest. Image by Andrew S Wright. The C$109 million ($79 million) invested by 27 First Nations across 439 ...
First Nations coalition urges Ottawa to stop closing salmon farms where they're wanted
the Vernon Morning Star
“It makes no sense that the Government of Canada is trying to shut down any sustainable salmon farming supported by Nations when DFO's own science ...

North Island First Nations reject continued fish farming in the Broughton Archipelago
Vancouver Island Free Daily
“In making our decisions, we have taken a precautionary approach to supporting the recovery of wild salmon, and the marine ecosystems in our ...

B.C. First Nations leaders want Fisheries and Oceans science reviews put under the microscope
First Nations leaders in B.C. are calling for an investigation into Fisheries and Oceans Canada's (DFO) scientific review and decision-making ...

It’s natural: Coconuts become tool in shoreline protection
North Island Gazette
Husks being used on shorelines around the world, including in Canada

ExxonMobil gives up offshore oil permits in B.C
Climate change is posing a serious threat to Canada — and B.C. in ... The permits fall within the Scott Islands Protected Marine Area and the ...

Coordinated response helped protect orcas during fuel spill off B.C. coast: NOAA
the Coast Mountain News
A Fisheries and Oceans Canada boat practicing using their oikomi pipes to deter marine life during the fuel spill response to a sunken fishing ...
These Rare and Beautiful BC Reefs Fight Climate Change 
The Tyee
Glass sponge reefs, only found in the cool waters of the Pacific northwest, help mitigate global warming and ocean acidification by absorbing 227 ...

Canada seeks to update Interpretation Act to protect Indigenous rights, but draft fails to include UNDRIP
Penticton Herald
But UNDRIP “puts this in a different ballpark because they're so ... 'And the law will be followed to be consistent with UNDRIP,' which is already ...

Feds seek feedback on ocean economy regulations
Haida Gwaii Observer
Deadline to comment is March 17. Oceans and Fisheries Canada (DFO) is asking people whose work is impacted by the ocean to give feedback on a new set of proposed regulations around Canada’s marine economy before March 17.

Climate change is posing a serious threat to Canada — and B.C. in particular, intelligence ...
The Canadian Security Intelligence Service warns that climate change poses a profound threat to national security and prosperity, including the ...

Coastal First Nation's ocean-wave energy project just got a million-dollar boost 
Vancouver Sun
A cutting-edge project to use ocean waves to power a coastal First Nation's return to its traditional territory on Vancouver Island's west coast ...
Pacific fishery council calls for new start to offshore wind planning 
National Fisherman
... than 1,300 meters in water depth, and using marine spatial planning tools to minimize siting impacts to fisheries and ecosystem resources.”.

Keeping kelp alive: The Aquarium of the Pacific embarks on its newest conservation project
Signal Tribune
Bull kelp is commonly found in Northern America and is on the coast of most California beaches. The average Californian probably knows bull kelp as ...

Life on nearly half the planet may soon be protected thanks to new oceans treaty 
Any commercial activity in international waters, such as commercial fishing and mining, will have to be approved first.

UN forges historic deal to protect ocean life: what researchers think 
High Seas Treaty aims to preserve marine biodiversity while ... being lauded by researchers as an important step for conservation that encourages ...

171 trillion plastic particles floating in oceans as pollution reaches "unprecedented" levels
CBS News
Historic treaty reached to protect marine life in high seas. "Our data shows an increase in ocean plastic pollution at the same time as a decrease ...

New online atlas maps marine life & habitats 
Mirage News
New Zealand ... SDMs can provide estimates of biodiversity patterns where data are sparse and it is a method widely used in marine spatial planning, ...

 Coastal First Nations 
"First Nations in the Great Bear Rainforest and Haida Gwaii of Canada, have successfully invested in conservation initiatives that have benefited ecosystems while also increasing communities’ well-being over the past 15 years, a recent report shows."
Indigenous funding model is a win-win for ecosystems and local economies in Canada (Monga Bay)

 Coastal First Nations 
PHOTOS - Coastal First Nations (CFN) hosted an important feast to ‘set the table’ for the three levels of government, partners and allies committed to finding sustainable ways to preserve and protect the coast for generations to come.
During the fifth Marine Protected Areas ‘IMPAC5’ Congress, both the BC and federal governments, as well as 15 First Nations, endorsed a co-collaborative Network Action Plan across the coast.
The MPA Network Plan for the Northern Shelf Bioregion is an important step in ensuring healthy ecosystems into the future and it will support efforts made by the Canadian government to conserve 25 per cent of Canada’s oceans by 2025, and 30 per cent by 2030, by providing a planned approach to the creation of new protected areas.
“The only way they can meet those models — 25 by 25 and 30 by 30 — is to partner with and invest in Indigenous communities, because they’re our territories and we know them best,” says CFN Chief Executive Officer Xaad Xyaalaa Christine Smith-Martin. “We have amazing leaders, we have a financial model set up and we’re continuing to feed successful mechanisms to ensure this is here for our grandchildren and great-grandchildren.”
The MPA Network Plan will draw on the strengths of many initiatives CFN has been involved in since its inception — from successful financing models and economic growth, stewardship departments, guardian watchmen programs, co-collaborative ecosystem-based conservation projects and more. The Plan will focus on marine management, driven by the communities who have been stewarding their territories for thousands of years.
“We really want all three to remember that blanket you have on and the commitment we’re making to each other. When those times are tough, when you go back and people are questioning you, you remember all these people here, you remember these communities. Remember why we’re doing this work that we’re doing. We give it in good spirit. It’ll give you the strength to continue on this journey, because we are going to be successful in this, we are.”
Read the story at
📸 by Michael Ruffolo
Coastal First Nations ‘Setting the Table’ for Marine Conservation (CFN)
 Coast Funds 
"What I learned early on... is that stories have their own spirits. I become a vessel at every single presentation and let the stories speak through me. They will share what needs to be shared."
Great profile on Haida storyteller Kung Jaadee: ⤵️
Kung Jaadee to bring traditional Haida Gwaii stories to Horizon Stage (The Grove Examiner)

 IPCA Knowledge Basket
The Indigenous Circle of Experts has outlined four approaches to Indigenous Protected and Conserved Area (IPCA) governance.
Our latest report offers examples from two of these approaches: Solely Indigenous-led and Indigenous-Crown. Explore our latest report on IPCA governance:  #IPCAs  #governance  #Indigenousledconservation  #Indigenous

 IPCA Knowledge Basket
GRAPHIC - Our latest report highlights six stories of IPCA governance across what is now known as Canada.
The intent of the report is to share experiences and best practices and help Indigenous governments and communities decide what approach is most appropriate for them.
Visit the IPCA Knowledge Basket to learn more:

UN Ocean Decade
[OCEAN DECADE ANNOUNCEMENT] 📰 Mark your calendars 📅📌
🌊 Three years after the start of the #OceanDecade, a global conference will bring together the Decade community and partners to celebrate achievements and set joint priorities for the future.🌍
Hosted by #Spain and co-organized with UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC/UNESCO), the 2024 UN Ocean Decade Conference will take place on 10-12 April 2024 in the coastal city of #Barcelona🤩
Read more 👉

ExxonMobil has relinquished the exploration permits it holds in offshore British Columbia, including two exploration permits within or bordering the Scott Islands Marine National Wildlife Area.
This moves BC marine protected areas one step closer to freedom from oil and gas development threats.
Big win for the planet as ExxonMobil relinquishes oil and gas permits in critical marine habitat (EcoJustice)

 West Coast Environmental Law 
Podcast fans! Listen to this 🎶 "Indigenous law exists independently of recognition from the state. It is embodied in, among other sources, the stories and language of each Indigenous nation." For millennia, Indigenous nations have governed and cared for their territories according to their own laws - actively stewarding the land and water to sustain their communities and all beings. This is Indigenous law.
Arctic Together Podcast Episode 2 (produced by Navigating the Arctic Community Office) features Rayanna Seymour (Hourie) and Summer Tyance, both Anishinaabekwe, who discuss WCEL's work supporting First Nations in revitalizing Indigenous law to solve complex environmental challenges.
Rayanna and Summer also share how they heal in community, lending their voices and prayers, through their womxn's hand drumming and singing group called Moonstone Drum Group! Check it out!
Podcast episode:
Show notes:

 BC Marine Trails 
B.C’s pink sea urchins are on the move to shallower waters thanks to climate change (CHEK News)

Province of BC YouTube Channel

If you know of any Facebook pages that post items of interest to MaPP personnel, please share them with Josie today:

Please feel free to contact me should you have any comments or questions.

Thank you,
Josie Byington
MaPP Communications Assistant


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