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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 23, 2023:

Masset and Prince Rupert to benefit from $286000 PacifiCan funding 
Penticton Herald
Prince Rupert residents and visitors alike may have noticed improved signage around the city as a result of the Visit Prince Rupert wayfinding ...

Prince Rupert Port Authority Honours 5 Companies With 2022 Green Wave Awards from Among 208 Qualifying Vessels
CFNR Network
Five companies are being honoured by the Prince Rupert Port Authority for their commitment to reducing the por...

Return of Nuxalk totem pole is like a loved one coming home, kid says 
A sacred totem pole of the Nuxalk Nation was returned to the community near Bella Coola, British Columbia, after spending more than 100 years in ...

Cruising the Great Bear Rainforest in search of the spirit bear 
The Toronto Star
I went cruising on an eco-safari along the Great Bear Rainforest, British Columbia's wildest archipelago. As the days unfolded, we saw pristine inlets ...

Discovery Islands salmon farm closure confirmation sends waves across B.C. coast
the Vernon Morning Star
... procedural unfairness after many months of meetings with the minister and her department,” spokesperson Dallas Smith said in a press release, ...

SRD Directors split on fish farms 
the Campbell River Mirror
... land-based farms replaced with motion opposing DFO decision. ... salmon back into its tank during a Department of Fisheries and Oceans fish ...

Canada needs to pick up the pace of ocean conservation 
The Globe and Mail
The new conservancy will preserve 58,000 hectares of rare intact interior rainforest, featuring 1,000-year-old cedar trees, grizzly bear habitat, as ...

IMPAC5 Advances Ocean Protection Towards '30 by 30'
SDG Knowledge Hub - International Institute for Sustainable Development
Participants sought to advance Ocean protection through support for MPAs, OECMs and marine spatial planning, Indigenous-led Ocean conservation and ...

Thousands of Indigenous people in B.C. are learning their languages: study 
Global News
The study shows that roughly 3000 Indigenous people in B.C. have begun ... Columbia Assembly of First Nations' Regional Chief Terry Teegee.

UBC's Daniel Pauly and Rashid Sumaila win Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement
Two courageous UBC ocean fisheries experts - marine biologist Dr. Daniel Pauly and fisheries economist Dr. Rashid Sumaila — have been awarded the ...

Science behind salmon farms and sea lice up for debate 
YouTube - CBC Vancouver
A decades-old debate between industry and scientists has been reignited after the federal decision to shut down 15 salmon farms in B.C.Connect ...

B.C. orcas threatened by lack of fatty salmon, UBC researchers say 
Global News
UBC researchers say orcas are not only threatened by the decline of the overall salmon population but also the reduction in high-quality fatty ...
Troubled waters: Advocates await federal solutions to container ship spills and lost sea cans
Capital Daily
The ocean diluted most of the xanthate before it could concentrate in biota ... In BC, the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy can ...

The oyster paradox 
For coastal communities in B.C., preserving the oyster is critical to ensuring the sustainability of marine ecosystems. Camille Vernet/Radio- ...

These urchin-eating sea stars might be helping us reduce carbon levels 
Popular Science
New research from Oregon State University shows just how important sunflower sea stars are to protecting kelp forests.

Why marine protection matters for people and nature 
Climate Champions
Increasing and strengthening Marine Protected Areas can help improve the ocean's ... Her global marine conservation movement, Mission Blue, ...

UN high seas treaty: How to better protect our oceans?
UN negotiations are underway to hammer out a treaty that would better protect the world's high seas, the portions of the ocean that don't fall ...
Is ocean conservation the next climate tech? 7 investors explain why they're all in 
For an ecosystem that covers a majority of the planet, the oceans have basically ... In that way, ocean conservation tech mirrors climate tech, ...

Discovered in the deep: a 'night-time migration' of marine life – in pictures - The Guardia
The Guardian
These images were taken by underwater photographer Robert Stansfield, from Southampton, UK, on a blackwater dive in the open ocean surround the ...

 Council of the Haida Nation
To learn more, please visit the CHN Marine Planning website:, the MPA Network website:, or email:

 Coastal First Nations 
For Roger Harris, becoming a Nuxalk Guardian, was not a straightforward journey but it certainly was a deeply meaningful one. Learn more about his rewarding job, doing everything from research and environmental monitoring to emergency response.
#CoastalGuardianWatchmen #IndigenousStewardship
How This Nuxalk Coastal Guardian Reconnected to His Culture By Protecting His Territory
 (West Coast Now)

 Coastal First Nations 
“It’s a new beginning,” said Chief Snuxyaltwa (Deric Snow) who gets his name from his great grandfather, who carved the entrance house pole. “Not only for our Nuxalk Nation, but for all Nations, all over the world...
That totem pole tells us who we are, where we come from, and why we’re here,” Chief Snuxyaltwam tells the group who filled up the Bighouse from front to back. “That pole tells us we come from Talleomy. It tells us the story of each creek, river, mountain within our territory.”
“As Indigenous people, we are still here. They built this museum to document genocide, because they thought us as Indigenous people wouldn’t be here. And guess what? We’re still here," says JB the First Lady. 

 Coastal First Nations
The groundbreaking, Indigenous-led plan for Great Bear Sea #MarineProtectedAreas is a major “mindset shift” for conservation. #MPAs #GreatBearSea
Fork in the Road: Being very good ancestors (Pique)
 Coast Funds 
"Bringing home our item is a symbol of pride. We are still here, our people are still here."
Repatriated house post heading back to B.C. Indigenous First Nation from Harvard museum (Rock101)
 Coast Funds 
"We all cried when it landed on the ground. It was the feeling when your emotions reach the highest point of your life. I've never dreamed we would be able to do this." — #Nuxalk Hereditary Chief Deric Snow
The Nuxalk Nation's totem pole was stolen and sold to a museum. After waiting 110 years, they finally have it back (CTV News)

 Land Needs Guardians
Along the Pacific coast of what is now known as Canada, First Nations are leading the way forward in marine protection and stewardship – from developing new fishing guidelines & protocols, to establishing Guardians programs to collect data and perform research on at-risk species. Learn how this work is changing & setting a new precedent in marine conservation:
Indigenous-Led Marine Protection Sets a Course Along Canada’s Pacific (The Nation)
UN Ocean Decade
SAVE THE DATE 📅 4-6 April 2023
💡 The Ocean Visions Biennial Summit 2023 will be a significant opportunity to advance the sharing of knowledge and solutions to critical challenges at the ocean-climate nexus. ✋ Summit participants will share and discuss cutting-edge advancements in #ocean sciences, engineering, policy, governance and economics that support innovative solutions that can be scaled effectively to address the urgent threats to the #ocean. ��
📲 Discover more about the Ocean Visions – UN Decade Collaborative Centre for Ocean-Climate Solutions (OV - UN DCC) 👉
#OceanDecade #GlobalGoals

 Hakai Magazine  
In an effort to reverse coastal erosion at Washaway Beach in North Cove, Washington State, local cranberry farmer David Cottrell has been experimenting with ways to rebuild the beach—and it’s working. Story reprinted with permission from High Country News.
Washaway No More: An Experimental Beach Barrier Could Be Key to Rebuilding Eroding Coastlines (Hakai Magazine)

ICYMI: To truly conserve marine life and fight climate change, ocean protection must go beyond lines on a map. That was one of the key themes that emerged from IMPAC5, a global oceans congress held in Vancouver.

“After decades of short-term and transactional thinking, we’re making significant changes in our approach to forestry in this province. The first step is putting Indigenous Peoples at the center of land management decisions in their territories. The days of making decisions without Indigenous Peoples are over,” said Premier David Eby.
Last week, the provincial government announced a suite of new changes to forest management, signalling a long-awaited shift away from prioritizing timber over all other values. The announcement introduced new measures to prioritize Indigenous partnership, ecosystem health and communities. 🌲
‘The right direction’: new B.C. plan could actually protect old-growth forests (The Narwhal)
 West Coast Environmental Law 
New standards for quality marine protected areas and a deep-sea mining moratorium is promising progress towards meeting Canada's marine protection commitments. Now Canada needs to "pick up the pace," and Indigenous-led ocean conservation can get us where we need to be.
Canada needs to pick up the pace of ocean conservation (Globe and Mail)

 Pacific Salmon Foundation
Join us while we study the first year of migration of Chinook salmon through an acoustic tagging program with the Juanes Lab at UVic.
The research team is using these tags to better understand the migration behavior of Chinook. The results will feed into the larger Bottlenecks for Survival project being led by PSF and the BC Conservation Foundation. Learn more about the fascinating world of salmon research via this video and our winter ecology article here:
VIDEO - Acoustic Tagging Chinook Salmon (PSF)

 Pacific Salmon Foundation
Today, the Pacific Salmon Foundation applauds the Government of Canada, under the leadership of the Hon. Joyce Murray, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard (DFO), for the decision to reduce risk to wild Pacific salmon by not renewing 15 licenses for open-net pen Atlantic salmon farms in British Columbia’s Discovery Islands.

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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