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Marine zoning for the Marine Plan Partnership (MaPP) in British Columbia, Canada
Charlie Short, Joanna L Smith, John Bones, Steve Diggon, Aaron Heidt, Chris Mcdougall, Kylee A  Pawluk
Marine Policy - Available online 1 February 2023, 105524

VIDEOGuardian Gatherings: Cultural Connection, Learning, Sharing, Professionalism- And Togetherness
In the Kwak̓wala language, “ǥa̱lǥa̱poła” means “standing together,” or “lifting each other up.” Twice each year, that’s exactly what the Guardians of the six Nanwakolas Council member First Nations of the Ha-ma-yas Stewardship Network do when they gather to learn about each other’s work, challenges, and successes over the past season, and – most importantly of all – to reconnect with each other.


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

The Coastal Stewardship Network is looking for another Training Coordinator to join their team (details). Deadline to apply is February 28, 2023.

For CFN-GBI Career opportunities, click here.

For Council of the Haida Nation, click here. Currently seeking a Marine Shipping Analyst and a Marine Shipping Project Manager.

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


2023 Community Excellence Awards
Applications are now being accepted for UBCM’s 2023 Community Excellence Awards. The awards recognize and celebrate UBCM members that have implemented projects or programs that demonstrate excellence in meeting the purposes of local government in B.C. The application deadline is May 19, 2023.

The awards are open to all local government and First Nation UBCM members. Applicants are limited to one application per category.

Members are limited to one application per category. The categories for 2023 are:

Excellence in Governance
Excellence in Service Delivery
Excellence in Asset Management
Excellence in Sustainability
Awards will be presented during UBCM’s 2023 Convention. All delegates are invited to attend the awards event.

The Program & Application Guide and Application Form are available on UBCM’s website. For more information, contact

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.


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

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

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 February 14, 2023:

VIDEO: Repatriated Nuxalk totem pole convoy receives warm welcome in Cariboo Chilcotin
the North Delta Reporter
A convoy transporting a repatriated totem pole to the Nuxalk Nation of Bella Coola stopped near Williams Lake for an honouring ceremony on ...

Nuxalk totem pole returned 
After more than a century in a B.C. museum, a totem pole has begun its journey home.Subscribe to CTV News Vancouver to watch all our latest ...
B.C. northern and central coastal First Nations endorse marine protection action plan 
Yahoo News Canada
... the Mamalilikulla First Nation will protect Gwaxdlala/Nalaxdlala – also known as Lull Bay and Hoeya Sound – in Knight Inlet, British Columbia.

IMPAC5's impact: Marine protection makes progress at international oceans summit in Vancouver
World Wildlife Fund Canada
To truly conserve marine life and fight climate change, ... announcing progress on several First Nations-led marine protected areas (MPAs) along ...

B.C. introduces new measures on old growth, innovation, forest stewardship 
BC Gov News -
The B.C. government is launching new measures to protect more old growth by fast-tracking innovation and co-developing new local plans with First ...

Fisheries and Oceans Canada continues to take cautious approach to herring ... - Yahoo Finance
Yahoo Finance
This will support fisheries for spawn-on-kelp. Following closures during the 2021-22 season, commercial fishing opportunities in the Prince Rupert ...
Moving salmon farms from water to land costly, risky: study 
Business In Vancouver
Replacing current production from open-net salmon farms in B.C. with land-based systems would require at least $1.8 billion in investment, ...

Paleotsunami Detectives Hunt for Ancient Disasters 
Hakai Magazine
A tsunami, by contrast, is spawned by geological forces—an earthquake, volcanic eruption, or the side of a mountain crashing into the sea. A tsunami ...

An ocean of hope: why marine protection matters for people and nature
The World Economic Forum
Coastal resilience, job security, sustainable fishing, equitable tourism, pollution-free beaches, renewable energy and so much more – these ...

Tribe says Sitka Seawalk a possible threat to ancient mariculture site 
One of the last few areas on the downtown Sitka waterfront that has not been filled or otherwise modified, the site may contain a former clam garden — ...

Nonprofit Supports Holistic Efforts to Fight Climate Change in Alaska
Chronicle of Philanthropy
To help make that happen, the fund takes in money from national grant makers like the Bezos Earth Fund and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.

 Coastal First Nations 
Reposted PHOTOS of Nuxalk pole homecoming - Kent Apa'tsti Danielson 
 Coast Funds 
“Totem poles are sacred to our people. That’s why we have to go to Victoria to bring back the sacredness, the real meaning of the totem pole.”
The history of #Nuxalk totem pole, set to return home after decades on display at the Royal BC Museum
Coming home: A history of the Nuxalk totem and its return to Bella Coola
 (VIF Daily)
 Coast Funds 
Here's a feel-good moment to start your day 👉 'Na̱mg̱is youth musicians shot and recorded this gorgeous music video, set in and inspired by their home community of Alert Bay.
VIDEO - N'we Jinan Artists - "QUITE THE LIFE" // 'Na̱mg̱is Nation, BC
 Coast Funds 
What does conservation financing deliver? In the #GreatBearRainforest, protections and financing have supported:
👉 Cultural vitality
👉 Social empowerment
👉 Economic prosperity
👉 Environmental conservation
More in our latest report:
First Nations Have Created Over 1,250 Jobs, 120 Businesses Since 2008 (Coast Funds)
 Coast Funds 
A great recap on Gwaxdlala/Nalaxdlala, the first marine refuge (located in Mamalilikulla territory) recognized under the recently announced Northern Shelf Bioregion Marine Protected Area Network.
via The Narwhal
‘A century in the making’: Canada adds federal protection to Indigenous-declared marine refuge

 Nature United
Collaborative action & bold leadership can shift our trajectory towards a nature-positive world by 2030, for the benefit of nature & people. 
Our newest Impact Report shares how our team & partners have helped make a difference in this decade of action:

 IMPAC 5 Canada
During #IMPAC5, the Government of #Canada🇨🇦 and partners announced several important initiatives to help advance the health and protection of our ocean. The announcements included the following:
🌊Release of details on the 2023 Protection Standards for Marine Protected Areas and key areas Canada intends on pursuing for marine protection
🌊Progress to protect a large ecologically unique ocean area off the Pacific West Coast
🌊Announcing $69.5 million in funding to protect and restore ocean ecosystems in developing countries
🌊Investments in world-class ocean monitoring system to enhance Canada’s ocean protection
🌊Establishing the first marine refuge within the Northern Shelf Bioregion
🌊Endorsement among Marine Protected Area Network partners to protect British Columbia’s North Coast
🌊Advancements towards creating 10 new national marine conservation areas with new policy direction
🌊Release of Canada’s position on seabed mining
👉Find links for all these announcements in our latest news update: 

UN Ocean Decade
🤗 We’re thrilled to announce the official launch of the #OceanDecade Corporate Data Group.
✨ Through collaboration with the private sector, this group will help with sharing access to ocean #data, information, #knowledge, innovating in technology, supporting #ocean science for sustainable development. 🌊
📲 Stay tuned to our channels in the coming days to discover more about all the companies that have joined this exciting new group!
Read more 👉

 Hakai Magazine  
In extreme heat, it’s possible that faster-moving animals like crabs will fare worse than sessile ones. While mobile creatures can seek shade, sessile species have likely evolved better physiological ways to deal with temperature extremes.
How Will Creatures That Can Barely Move Handle Climate Change? (Hakai Magazine)

 Hakai Institute
Picking up the "F1 cars" of oceanography requires flexibility (ocean gliders)
Gliding into Teamwork (

8 things to know about the National Indigenous Guardians Network in Canada
🌿 Indigenous Guardians serve as the 'eyes and ears' on traditional territories
🌿 Guardians are trained experts who manage protected areas, restore animals and plants, create land and water-use plans, and monitor development
🌿 120+ Guardians Programs exist across Canada – 5 years ago there were only 30
🌿 Indigenous Guardians called for a national network to be established and supported with stable funding back in 2014
🌿 The launch of the National Guardians Network was officially announced during #COP15 by the Indigenous Leadership Initiative and the federal government
🌿 The network will connect Guardians Programs across Canada to enable knowledge and skill sharing
🌿 The network will encourage nation-to-nation partnerships while recognizing the autonomy and self-determination of individual communities
🌿 While the network is new, Indigenous Peoples have been stewards of these lands and waters since time immemorial
Interested in learning more about Indigenous-led conservation initiatives in BC? Join our webinar on February 21 at 11AM to hear from an incredible panel of Indigenous leaders and policy experts.
🔗 Register for free:
📷 Aerial view over Dene K'éh Kusān, by Adam Combs
📖 More on Indigenous Guardians:
 West Coast Environmental Law 
Right now, BC government is inviting public input on their Intentions Paper to make a BC Coastal Marine Strategy a reality. This is our opportunity to make sure that it's as effective as it can be for coastal communities, ecosystems, and economies that rely on a healthy and thriving BC coast!
We break down what's in the Paper, concerns to address, and how to participate by April 14th and make your voice heard 👇 #BlueprintfortheCoast
The coast is clear for a BC Coastal Marine Strategy (Blueprint for the Coast)
 West Coast Environmental Law 
The West Coast Marine team is happy to celebrate key commitments made at IMPAC 5 Canada that will lead to stronger ocean protection, in Canada and beyond!
Issues that West Coast has been working on and supporting for years – new marine and Indigenous protected and conserved areas, a pathway towards protecting 25% of the ocean by 2025, minimum standards for quality protection within marine protected areas, and so much more – made significant progress towards securing a healthier future for ocean ecosystems and wildlife.
Read about eight positive marine protection developments that demonstrate the impact of #IMPAC5 below.
The impact of IMPAC5: Global ocean forum sparks progress on marine protection in Canada (WCEL)

 Pacific Salmon Foundation
Did you know the first winter spent in the ocean plays a critical role in salmon survival? Scientists are working to learn more!
Pacific Salmon Foundation and British Columbia Conservation Foundation, with support from British Columbia Salmon Restoration and Innovation Fund, launched the Bottlenecks to Survival program in 2020 to investigate the critical mortality periods faced by Chinook, coho, and steelhead salmon during their freshwater and early marine life. Winter weather doesn’t stop researchers from getting out on the water to study the winter ecology of juvenile Chinook salmon, including habitat, diet, and health. Find out more about this first-of-its-kind study by reading the full article below.

Province of BC YouTube Channel

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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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