Hello MaPP Team,


The MaPP NVI Technical Team is seeking a Project and Technical Coordinator for the NVI Sub-region. The MaPP initiative seeks to contract and experienced project and technical coordinator with demonstrated experience working with government, First Nations and stakeholders in marine management and planning. The contractor will support the North Vancouver Island (NVI) Sub-regional Implementation Team to address key priorities in the NVI Marine Plan through development and implementation of the annual workplan. Deadline to apply is 5pm on January 24, 2023. Details

For CFN-GBI Career opportunities, click here.

For Council of the Haida Nation, click here.

Gitga'at Oceans and Lands Department is seeking a Regulatory Engagement Coordinator (details). The postings remains open until the position is filled.


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.


IMPAC 5 Canada. Vancouver, BC. February 3-9, Draft Program (click here)

International Indigenous Tourism Conference (IITC). Winnipeg, MB. March 8-10, 2023.

Coastal Zone Canada 2023. Victoria, June 11-14, 2023
We are excited to announce the Call for Abstracts is now open and the extended deadline is Friday, December 16, 2022, it will support dialogues around a broad range of topics related to the following sub-themes:

  • Coastal and Marine Planning, Conservation and Management to Increase Resilience
  • Working Together for Coastal and Marine Stewardship
  • Coastal Engineering and Sustainable Development
  • Nature-Based and Other Solutions for Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation
  • Coastal Processes, Hazards, and Risk Management
  • Innovation, Technology and Research

To submit an abstract or special session, please click here:

Seven Seas Media - Ocean Conservation Events Calendar
Presentations from around the world on marine conservation issues.

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Here are some news items collected since January 9, 2022:

Port of Prince Rupert proposes ban on polluting scrubbers
Port Technology
These waste streams contain a variety of pollutants that contribute to ocean acidification and increase greenhouse gases trapped in the atmosphere ...
Workshops to help build extreme temperature resiliency in North Island
the Campbell River Mirror
The SRD release says it's an “opportunity for attendees to share projects they're working on or are aware of in their community as well as hopes/ ...

New network for Indigenous land guardians welcomed in North 
A new First Nations Guardians Network, launched last month, is 'building on momentum' of Indigenous land-stewardship programs across the country, ...
B.C. seeks feedback on first coastal marine strategy 
CTV News Vancouver Island
The B.C. government oversees sectors like seafood and is responsible for ... B.C. fishing union critical of Ottawa's plan to buy back Pacific ...

Compound derived from B.C. sea sponge could block COVID-19 virus, researchers find
The three most effective compounds were sourced in Canada: one from sea sponges collected in Howe Sound, northwest of Vancouver, another from marine ...

Meet the scientists and their underwater drones tackling the 'weirdly complicated' world of ocean carbon
Explore the mission to answer oceanography questions in a new Atlantic Voice documentary
West Coast Kelp and Eelgrass Protection, Restoration Are New Partnership's Focus
The Pew Charitable Trusts
Eelgrass meadows also provide habitat for a variety of life, from plankton—an essential part of the ocean food web—to commercially and recreationally ...
Monterey Bay divers restoring vital kelp forests -- the 'redwoods of the sea' 
The Mercury News
The intervention is necessary because the urchins are devouring the kelp, which Rootsaert describes as the marine equivalent of California's ...
Oregon, Northern California Coastal Chinook Salmon Move Closer to Endangered Species Protection
Center for Biological Diversity
“I'm pleased that Chinook salmon in Oregon and Northern California are that much closer to being protected under the Endangered Species Act,” said ...

New Research: As “Connector Species,” Birds Are Essential to the Health of Both Islands and Oceans
Seven Seas Media
Island restoration focused on seabirds provides a new model for big conservation gains that benefit people, other wildlife, and the marine environment overall.
Patagonia: The sea forests at the end of the world
Oceanographic Magazine
While kelp forests worldwide have struggled or disappeared altogether in recent decades, the macroalgal ecosystems along Patagonia's rugged ...

Wanted: A sea-change in climate finance for oceans
The oceans are inextricably connected to the health of the planet, and of humans: they absorb up to 30% of annual greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and 90% of excess heat, and over 3 billion people — almost half the global population — depend directly on marine and coastal biodiversity for their livelihoods.

 Marine Plan Partnership
The MaPP NVI Technical Team is seeking a Project and Technical Coordinator for the NVI Sub-region. The MaPP initiative seeks to contract and experienced project and technical coordinator with demonstrated experience working with government, First Nations and stakeholders in marine management and planning. The contractor will support the North Vancouver Island (NVI) Sub-regional Implementation Team to address key priorities in the NVI Marine Plan through development and implementation of the annual workplan. Deadline to apply is 5pm on January 24, 2023. Details

 Coastal First Nations
GRAPHICS - Some of our favourite stories and moments from 2022. More to come in 2023. Be sure to sign up for the CFN newsletter to never miss a story or event. Visit for more.

 Coastal First Nations
GRAPHIC - Coastal First Nations is excited to participate in the fifth international Marine Protected Areas Congress, IMPAC5. The event will take place Feb 3-9. Find out more at IMPAC5.CA and check out the full program and list of events and speakers. It’s not too late to sign up and get involved. CFN will be posting more information leading up to, during and following the event. We’re dedicated to supporting Indigenous-led marine conservation and protection for generations to come.

 Coast Funds 
We're delighted to welcome Coast Funds' newest team member, Zahra Laarif!
In her role as Director of Finance, Zahra will lead Coast Funds' financial management, including overseeing our socially responsible investing strategy, which ensures that our investing practices prioritize Indigenous rights and values along with environmental, social, and governance (I+ESG) measures.
Read the full announcement below.
Coast Funds Welcomes New Director, Finance: Zahra Laarif (Coast Funds)

 Land Needs Guardians
It may be 2023 now, but that doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate 22 wins for Indigenous-led conservation from 2022!? From new Indigenous protected areas to successes in salmon habitat restoration & more – a TON of progress has been made in protecting the lands, waters & wildlife we all rely. Celebrate few of the highlights in this roundup from our friends Coast Funds:
Year in Review: 22 Wins from First Nations in 2022 (Coast Funds)

 Land Needs Guardians
As we reflect on the progress made last year in Indigenous-led conservation, Addie Jonasson from Lutsel K’e Dene First Nation reminds us of the ways that Thaidene Nëné can serve as an example in forming new Indigenous Protected Areas & Guardians programs. Listen & be inspired by how approaches to protecting lands and water rooted in Indigenous values are forging new models of conservation across the country.
A success story in Indigenous-led conservation (The Globe and Mail)

 IMPAC 5 Canada 
GRAPHIC - Indigenous delegates are invited to attend a celebratory dinner with cultural performances and an Indigenous menu on Tuesday, February 7.
This event is being hosted by the Indigenous Working Group as part of the Indigenous experience at IMPAC5. A registration link has been sent by email to Indigenous delegates.

 IMPAC 5 Canada 
Reminder: you can still register for #IMPAC5 Field Trips!
Registration for the Howe Sound Biosphere Region Initiative Boat Tour, the Takaya Tours Inc. Indigenous Paddling and Walking Tour, and the Birding excursions at the Reifel Bird Sanctuary will remain open until sold out.

 IMPAC 5 Canada 
GRAPHIC - To wrap up our week of profiling exciting IMPAC5 keynote speakers, meet Titouan Bernicot.
Titouan Bernicot is the founder & CEO of Coral Gardeners. Titouan grew up on a pearl farm in the middle of the South Pacific Ocean.
Coral reefs have given him everything in his life, from the waves he surfs to the food he eats to even the oxygen he breathes. Titouan started Coral Gardeners in 2017 at 16 years old.
Together with his team they have planted 30,000 corals and have set a goal to plant 1 million around the world by 2025. In 2021, Titouan officially became a National Geographic Explorer.
Don’t miss your chance to hear Titouan discuss his work to save coral reefs! Register for #IMPAC5 today:
Ocean Decade 
GRAPHIC#Biodiversity is the variety of life forms we encounter all around us but may know surprisingly little about. 🌊
✨ We need to strengthen understanding of the #ocean through #oceanliteracy to bridge the rift between humans and #nature. 🍃📚Let’s work together in the #OceanDecade to transform #knowledge into concrete solutions for a more sustainable, equitable blue economy, preventing biodiversity loss.
Learn about the Ocean Literacy With All Programme (OLWA) 👉
📲 Discover how the #OceanDecade will directly help to realize the targets of the #GBF and the 2030 Agenda. Download our Policy Brief 👉
#OLWA #ForNature

Ocean Decade 

GRAPHIC🌊 Sea level rise - one of the 7 main climate indicators - is at new records and accelerating. ⚠️
We’re working to enhance multi-hazard early warning services for all #geophysical, #ecological, #biological, #weather, climate & #anthropogenic related #ocean and #coastal #hazards.
❗ Are you running a related project and want to join the #OceanDecade movement? The Call for Decade Actions No.04/2022 is open until 31 Jan. Discover more 👉

 Hakai Institute
Clip of putting together a whale skeleton in virtual space before the real deal.
Full episode 4 of Whale Bones at
Two weeks until our post-COP15 webinar! RSVP to our Facebook event for prompts and learning resources, and be sure to register via Eventbrite to receive the webinar link to your email 💌

As #IMPAC5 approaches, we'll be celebrating the ocean! Next week, join us for our Ocean Science Speaker Night with Dr. Cherisse Du Preez!
 West Coast Environmental Law
Great and welcome news from the Port of Prince Rupert! We also need Transport Canada to develop stronger, mandatory regulations to stop cruise ships from dumping billions of litres of corrosive pollution along the BC coast. #NoDumping
Prince Rupert port set to ban cruise ships from dumping contaminated wastewater (National Observer)

 West Coast Environmental Law 
"Perhaps it is time for Canada to turn to Indigenous legal orders to learn what it takes to share decision-making power and effectively navigate the pluralistic legal landscape.”
In a recent blog, Articling Law Student Navjot Jassar sheds light on the importance of IPCAs (Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas) in relation to not only biodiversity and the economy – but also reconciliation. You can learn and read more below!
Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas Are Vital for Biodiversity, and Much More (WCEL)

 Pacific Salmon Foundation
While you were out getting ready for the holidays the Raincoast Conservation Foundation released a study about research they did on the "toxic soup" of harmful substances that made their way into the watershed in the Fraser Valley after the catastrophic flooding of Nov. 2021.
PSF provided funding to support Raincoast’s study of post-flood water contaminants as part of our ongoing support of flood recovery efforts in B.C.
Bob Kronbauer: Even the salmon are doing cocaine in the Fraser Valley (Vancouver Is Awesome)

 Pacific Salmon Foundation
A research paper published Friday in the journal Science charts the impact of a warming planet on every glacier on the planet, predicting that half the world’s glaciers could be lost by 2100. What does this mean for B.C. and salmon in particular? Hear from Katrina Connors, PSF's Salmon Watersheds Program Director and other experts.
B.C.’s glacier-fed rivers saved salmon in last year’s drought. That safety net is disappearing (The Globe and Mail)

 The Narwhal
In B.C. anyone can stake a mineral claim without consulting Indigenous communities or private landowners. Two First Nations are trying to change that, and they’ll be heard by B.C.’s Supreme Court.
The current system is “a relic of colonization.”
First Nations' legal challenge could completely change mining exploration in B.C. (The Narwhal)

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

Thank you,
Josie Byington
MaPP Communications Assistant


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