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Hello MaPP Team,

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


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.

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. 

Marine Biodiversity Data Mobilization Workshop, April 18-19, 2023 from 1300-1700 ET. 

To apply, please fill out this form. Application deadline: February 15, 2023. Accepted applicants will be notified no later than March 15, 2023.
Requirements to participate
  • Must have a dataset to work on. 
  • Must have some R or Python experience. 
  • Must have a basic knowledge of Github. 

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

Seven Seas Media - Ocean Conservation Events Calendar
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Here are some news items collected since February 6, 2023:

Marine Protected Area Network Partners Endorse Plan to Protect BC’s North Coast
Coastal First Nations
Vancouver, British Columbia – The blueprint for a vast network of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) across the northern third of Canada’s West Coast is being unveiled after more than a decade of work. Today, 15 First Nations, the Government of Canada, and the Government of British Columbia (B.C.) are jointly announcing the endorsement of the Marine Protected Area Network Action Plan (the Action Plan) for the Northern Shelf Bioregion (NSB).

Marine Protected Area Network partners endorse plan to protect British Columbia's North Coast
BC Gov News -
First Nations on the Pacific North Coast have been stewards of the lands ... marine ecosystems across the North and Central Coast and Haida Gwaii.

15 First Nations, Crown Governments Endorse Plan for Network of Protected Areas in the Great Bear Sea
Coast Funds
After more than a decade of work, First Nations are their partners ... the North and Central Coast and Haida Gwaii,” said K̓áwáziɫ Marilyn Slett, ...

Massive area off B.C. coast one step closer to an official Marine Protected Area 
Global News
The Haida Nation and Canada also co-manage Sgaan Kinghlas-Bowie Seamount Marine Protected Area, the shallowest seamount on the west coast of Canada.
Great Bear Sea: vast new marine zone a 'mindset shift' for conservation 
The Guardian
Political and Indigenous leaders hope to replicate success of British Columbia's Great Bear Rainforest conservation area.

First Nations leaders, federal officials create marine refuge on B.C. Central Coast 
Officials and First Nations leaders announced that they will be closing fisheries and establishing a marine refuge along the South Coast of B.C. ...
First Nations, federal and B.C. governments announce co-governance plan for marine protected areas
The Globe and Mail
... area in Knight Inlet on B.C.'s central coast, at IMPAC5 in Vancouver, on Feb. 5. DARRYL DYCK/The Canadian Press. A group of 15 First Nations, ...

Rare corals, sponges protected under new marine refuge 
The Narwhal
... the Mamalilikulla First Nation unilaterally declared protections for a 10,416-hectare tract of land and sea north of Vancouver Island off the ...
Coming home: A history of the Nuxalk totem and its return to Bella Coola
the Clearwater Times
Restitution and repatriation of a long-lost totem pole will take place Feb. 13 in Victoria. That's when the Royal BC Museum (RBCM) will return the ...
Indigenous-Led Marine Protection Sets a Course Along Canada's Pacific 
The Nation
The Kitasoo Xai'xais declaration signals a shift in tactics in marine conservation. Sometimes referred to as Indigenous Protected and Conserved ...

Strathcona Regional District receives over $300k for tsunami initiatives
My Campbell River Now
To support tsunami risk reduction initiatives and public art projects, the Strathcona Regional District (SRD) is receiving a $319,000 grant.

New coalition formed to save BC salmon from extinction - Business In Vancouver
Business In Vancouver
The First Nations Fisheries Council of B.C. and non-aboriginal partners, including the Pacific Salmon Foundation, today launched a campaign to ...

Canadian government announces $46.5 million for deep-sea research
CTV News Vancouver Island
Fisheries Minister Joyce Murray says understanding of the marine environment is “relatively meagre” given that oceans covers 70 per cent of the ...

Sea urchins are on the move, and the 'Blob' is partly to blame 
University of Victoria
... to climate change impacts including the "Blob," a marine heatwave that persisted in the Pacific Ocean off North America between 2013 to 2016.

 Coastal First Nations 
VIDEO - Elder in residence at the @impac5canada conference, Ray Thunderchild. You can visit Ray upstairs at the Indigenous Lounge and hear some stories about his life growing up as an athlete, how the flip of a coin brought him and his cousin to the west coast from the prairies, how he lived out of his car and showered at Stanley Park before getting settled and the many adventures along the way to where and who he is today. Ray’s here to help create safe spaces for Indigenous Peoples at the Congress.

VIDEO - Titouan Bernicot quit university at 18 years old, he told the crowd during his opening keynote speech this morning at @impac5canada. He wanted to pursue his passion right away, of protecting his “playground,” but really his home, the water he grew up in, where he learned to surf, free dive and fish with the locals who he credits for their traditional and place-based knowledge. Check out his organization @coralgardeners to see what kind of work he’s been involved in, how he and his friends mobilized their love for their home into a massive movement and how he and his team are determined to educate the world on coral reefs and the importance of protecting the ocean and oceanic relations.

VIDEO - GwaaGanad Diane Brown, respected Haida elder, language speaker and culture keeper, during the ‘Voice of the Ocean’ session at @impac5canada

PHOTO - Jennifer Walkus, Julie Carpenter, Alejandro Frid, Christine Smith-Martin, Gordon McGee, Hereditary Chief Russ Jones pose for a photo after their session ‘Indigenous Perspectives on Marine Planning and Advancements Through Reconciliation in the Northern Shelf Bioregion.’

VIDEO - Lipoa Kahaleuahi from Hāna Maui Hawai’i here at @impac5canada sharing some aloha and exchanging experiences and ideas on ocean conservation.
 Coast Funds 
Gwa̱xdlala/Nala̱xdlala (Lull Bay/Hoeya Sound) will be the first area to be fully protected under the new MPAN (Marine Proteted Areas Network), announced by First Nations this past weekend at IMPAC 5 Canada. 🌊
More on the significance of this inlet ⤵️
First Nations leaders, federal officials create marine refuge on B.C. Central Coast (CBC)
 Coast Funds 
"Our Nations have [proven] Indigenous-led conservation works for nature and for people."
After more than a decade of work, First Nations announced their plans at IMPAC 5 Canada to create a network of marine protected areas along the northern B.C. coast. 👏
15 First Nations, Crown Governments Endorse Plan for Network of Protected Areas in the Great Bear Sea (Coast Funds)

 Iisaak Olam Foundation
GRAPHIC - The #Pacific Dialogue on #CulturallySignificantSpecies and #IPCAs is in one week!
Mon Feb 13 from 10 am - 12:30 pm PST
Hosted by IISAAK OLAM Foundation and Assembly of First Nations/Assemblee des premieres Nations
Inviting #FirstNations to share perspectives, stories and advice.
Register now (free) at:
Central - Feb 27, 1 - 3:30 pm CST
Atlantic - Mar 6, 1 - 3:30 pm AST
Nature United
GRAPHIC - Increasing demands and climate change are impacting ocean health by altering vital habitat and depleting fish stocks. We're tackling these challenges with a collaborative approach to ocean management that delivers lasting results for people, nature and economies:

 IMPAC 5 Canada 
PHOTOS - Today's keynote speakers:
✨"The ocean gives us the very air we breathe." Our first keynote speaker of the day, The Right Honourable Patricia Scotland KC, Commonwealth Secretary-General, discussed the Commonwealth Blue Charter. Member-led, principled and energetic, the Blue Charter's underlying principles are drawn directly from the Charter of the Commonwealth.
✨Judith Sayers, President of the Uu-a-thluk (Taking Care of) Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council spoke about advancing conservation in the blue economy, "You can't have a blue economy unless you have respected the rights of indigenous peoples."
✨Speaking about coral reefs, Titouan Bernicot took us through what it was like growing up in French Polynesia, and protecting the coral reefs with the company he founded: Coral Gardeners. "I do believe that we are the change, and that change is coming."

 IMPAC 5 Canada 
VIDEO - A huge thank you to all the wonderful vendors from the #IMPAC5 Host First Nations xʷməθkʷəy̓əm Musqueam, Sḵwx̱wú7meshSquamish Nation, and səlilwətaɬ Tsleil-Waututh Nation who participated in the Indigenous Marketplace!
Ocean Decade 
PHOTOS - We were thrilled to launch the 3rd edition of the #OceanLiteracy Dialogues yesterday, an official side event of IMPAC 5 Canada!
We celebrated on the Giant Ocean Floor Map with Francesca Santoro (Unesco - Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission), Ronaldo Christofoletti (Unifesp - Universidade Federal de São Paulo), Diz Glithero (Canadian Ocean Literacy Coalition), The Honourable Joyce Murray (Fisheries and Oceans Canada), Peter Thomson (United Nations Special Envoy for the Ocean) & many of the Dialogue speakers!
Join for free in Vancouver or online, full schedule available here:

 The Narwhal
“This is more than a century in the making.”
Canada has added federal protections to the marine portion of an Indigenous Protected and Conserved Area — declared more than a year ago by the Mamalilikulla First Nation.
A century in the making’: Canada adds federal protection to Indigenous-declared marine refuge (The Narwhal)

 Ocean Networks Canada
Today is our 17th #knowtheocean birthday! We have a lot to celebrate, including Fisheries and Oceans Canada's support of our deep-sea observatories through the Ocean Protection Plan.
"Since 2006, we have provided #knowtheocean data & services that benefit society, and I am delighted to share highlights of the tremendous gains that ONC & partners have made."
- Kate Moran, ONC CEO and President
Explore our stories of impact here 👉
Our 2022 recap 👉

 Ocean Networks Canada
“The Blob” is not just a 1988 sci-fi classic but also a mass of warm water in the #Pacific Ocean present between 2013-16.
New research has uncovered a change in behaviour of deep-sea fragile pink sea urchins off the south coast of Vancouver Island that is linked to #climate change impacts including the “Blob”, a marine heatwave that persisted in the Pacific Ocean off North America between 2013 to 2016.
In a study published in Deep-Sea Research Part I, researchers from Memorial University of Newfoundland, Ocean Networks Canada (ONC), and University of Victoria (UVic) analyzed multi-year data from ONC & Fisheries and Oceans Canada. They found these deep-sea urchins migrating up to 49 vertical metres into shallower waters at 3.5 metres per year due to warming ocean conditions caused by #climatechange.
Learn more 👉
Sea urchins on the move (ONC)

 Hakai Institute 
VIDEO - Season 2! Season 2! Season 2!
Coastal ecology is full of amazing stories of resilience, evolution, and creatures interacting in the natural world in amazing ways. But a lot of these stories are … well … kinda long.
To help you keep on top of it all, we’re back with new stories—in season 2 of Long Story Shorts.

 Hakai Institute 
Meet Ondine Pontier, a kelp researcher and scientific diver with Hakai, in the latest instalment of our ongoing Q&A series. Learn about the joys and challenges of scientific diving, why she loves kelp forests so much, how she got into this kind of work, and more!
Behind Hakai: Ondine Pontier (

 Hakai Magazine 
Even if a whale does surface for a photo, a 12.5-meter North Atlantic right whale only appears as an 83-pixel smudge on the sharpest satellite images. And since one satellite photo can cover up to 200 square kilometers, it’s like taking a picture of a toothpick on the sidewalk from an upstairs balcony.  🛰️🔎🐳
Written by J. Besl
Finding a Whale in a Watery Haystack (Hakai Magazine)
VIDEO - IMPAC 5 Canada continues today in Vancouver! Experts from around the world are gathering for seven days to discuss creating more and better marine protected areas.
Learn why we need to strengthen Canada's MPAs

GRAPHIC - Good news for the Deepsea Oasis with the Tang.ɢwan — ḥačxʷiqak — Tsig̱is Marine Protected Area from Council of the Haida Nation, Nuu-chah-nulth Triabal Council, Pacheedaaht First Nation Quatsino First Nation and Fisheries and Oceans Canada.
CPAWS-BC Celebrates Tang.ɢwan — ḥačxʷiqak — Tsig̱is Marine Protected Area Announcement at IMPAC5 (CPAWS-BC)

 West Coast Environmental Law 
GRAPHICS - To be effective, marine protected areas (MPAs) need strong and consistent laws that prohibit damaging activities and provide safe havens in areas reserved for conservation.
All eyes are on Canada this week as global ocean professionals gather in Vancouver for IMPAC 5 Canada (the 5th International Marine Protected Areas Congress). West Coast is hoping to see the federal government step up to the plate at #IMPAC5 and make progress on this.
If you want to learn more about this issue, check out our website:

PHOTOS - West Coast has been busy diving into #IMPAC5 / IMPAC 5 Canada, where marine professionals from around the world are gathering right now in Vancouver to act on ocean conservation solutions. Here's a quick recap of events our legal experts have been involved in – swipe through!

 Pacific Salmon Foundation
For 30+ years, PSF’s Community Salmon Program has awarded grants to local volunteers & community members who work to conserve Pacific salmon and restore their habitats. Thank you to the 30,000 volunteers who take action on behalf of salmon!
The Community Salmon Program is accepting applications until Feb. 15. Details on how to apply via the link below.

Province of BC YouTube Channel

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Thank you,
Josie Byington
MaPP Communications Assistant


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