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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. 

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
Presentations from around the world on marine conservation issues.

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

European green crabs are invading B.C. waters | The Narwhal
The Narwhal
The three First Nations and Coastal Restoration Society are urging Fisheries and Oceans Canada to review its policies for what happens to invasive ...
Governments, B.C. coastal First Nations endorse marine protection plan 
CTV News Vancouver
Dallas Smith, right, president of the Nanwakolas Council, and Joyce Murray, centre, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, ...

Assembly of First Nations
(Vancouver, BC) – The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) participated in the Fifth International Marine Protected Areas Congress (IMPAC5) that took ...

First Nations leaders, federal officials create marine refuge on B.C. Central Coast 
"This new marine refuge contributes to meeting Canada's marine conservation targets of protecting 25 per cent of the oceans by 2025 and 30 per cent by ...

To protect marine areas, Canada must include First Nations
“Only by working together at all levels can we achieve Canada's marine conservation targets.” The Canadian government has committed to protecting 30 ...

Governments and coastal First Nations in B.C. endorse marine protection action plan
A marine protection plan signed by 15 Coastal First Nations and the federal and B.C. governments will help protect ocean ecosystems.

Canada promises Indigenous partnerships, 10 new marine conservation areas as international oceans summitt kicks off
The Turtle Island News
The policy honours Indigenous Peoples' role as stewards of their ... to create a vast network of marine protected areas along the B.C. coast.

Canada unveils marine protection standards amid push to conserve 25% of oceans
Canada on Wednesday finalized conservation standards for marine protected areas that cover more than 14% of its oceans, by banning industrial ...

Canada confirms protections for some marine areas but shipping pollution isn't included
the Peace Arch News
READ ALSO: Governments, B.C. coastal First Nations endorse marine ... The MPA regulations do not apply to other types of marine conservation areas ...

More than 100 years after it was taken, Nuxalk totem pole to begin trek home from Victoria museum
A totem pole belonging to the Nuxalk Nation has sat in the Royal B.C. Museum in Victoria, B.C., for many years. Now, it's being returned to its ...
Northwest B.C. MP steps into new deputy critic role for fisheries and oceans
Yahoo News Canada
New representation from B.C.'s northwest will be critiquing the federal government's decisions about fisheries, oceans and the coastguard.

SFU marine biologist rowing across the Atlantic to raise funds for ocean conservation
It's not every day that a former student invites you to row across the Atlantic Ocean but when SFU biological sciences professor Isabelle Côté got ...

Canada refuses to permit seabed mining absent regulatory regime 
Green Car Congress
... unveiled proposed new sites being pursued for marine conservation targets, as well as further details related to its MPA Protection Standard.

Shrinking coastlines: Will more Canadians have to move because of climate change?
CTV News
Post tropical storm Fiona showed how quickly Canadians can be displaced by climate change. At 7 p.m. on CTV, W5 looks into whether more people ...

Baffinland critical of report that says shipping to blame for narwhal displacement
Yahoo Finance
Working groups from the North Atlantic Marine Mammal Commission and ... They, along with marine conservation charity Oceans North, have also said ...

 Council of the Haida Nation
News from the Council of the Haida Nation.
Download full copy here:
Visit our website to see previous issues:

 Coastal First Nations 
VIDEO - "After UN initiated four International Decades to Eradicate Colonialism and a global movement to decolonize former colonies, Canada’s Indigenous population continues to suffer from dispossession of their cultural artefacts and much more. In the case of the Nuxalkmc People, Louie Snuxyaltwa, Hereditary Chief Snuxyaltwa’s great grandfather, was one of the last gifted spiritual carver in Talleomy and many of his totem poles and canoes for family and his people had made their way to the Royal BC Museum and other international museums.
In October 2019, Four Nuxalk Hereditary Chiefs together with many supporters from Nuxalk First Nation went to the Museum to request the return of two totem poles and cultural artefacts. The totem poles were taken from their home land South Bentick (Talleomy) when they were forced to relocate after a smallpox epidemic in the early 1900’s. They both were carved by Louie Snuxyaltwa and are the long house entrance poles which are sacred to the Nuxalkmc people.
Hereditary Chief Snuxyaltwa has said his great grandfather's spirit is still in the totem poles and is not at rest. So he has been lobbying hard on behalf of all the hereditary chiefs to bring the poles and artefacts back where they belong. After years of effort, the Royal BC Museum agreed to release one totem pole back on February 13. While that is a historical step in the right direction, the Nuxalk Nation has sent a letter reminding RBCM that one more totem pole plus artifacts are still overdue for repatriation," as stated in a media release by the Nuxalk Nation.
Media contact: Chief Snuxyaltwa (Deric Snow). Email:

 Coastal First Nations 
VIDEO - “We’re still here,” says Jerilynn Webster, aka JB the First Lady

 Coastal First Nations
VIDEO - Want to learn more about the Great Bear Sea MPA Network?
Watch this film that highlights the many years of collaborative work from coastal First Nations, Canada and BC that led to this historic conservation success!

"My elders always speak of a time when our river would be silver with oolichan." - Chief Danielle Shaw, Wuikinuxv Nation
Why This Tiny BC First Nations Community Sees Hope For Sockeye Salmon (West Coast Now)

“We’re there to stop the amount of poaching in the area, 'cause it’s our food source... I just know I’m making my ancestors proud, being part of this movement.”
#MPAs #MarineProtectedAreas #IMPAC5
Indigenous-Led Marine Protection Sets a Course Along Canada’s Pacific (The Nation)
 Coast Funds 
A massive area of deep ocean, which extends from #HaidaGwaii off the coast of #VancouverIsland is set to become the second-largest Marine Protected Area (MPA) in Canada.
Expanse of deep ocean off ‘Vancouver Island’ set to become protected area (IndigNews)
 Coast Funds 
“That is our way to recognize each other just by what the crest on the house post or totem poles will look like.”
Sold under duress, damaged, donated, then packed away in storage for decades — a Gitxaala house post is now headed to its rightful home after 138 years.
B.C. house post returning to First Nation after 138 years, and decades in Harvard storage (Vancouver Sun)
 Coast Funds 
A new network of marine protected areas, announced this past weekend by First Nations and their partners at IMPAC 5 Canada is the first approach in Canada and shows a world-leading model of collaborative governance.
First Nations, federal and B.C. governments announce co-governance plan for marine protected areas (Globe and Mail)
 Coast Funds 
Great background piece by The Guardian on the history of the #GreatBearRainforest, and how the recently announced marine protections for the #GreatBearSea are charting a new path.
Great Bear Sea: vast new marine zone a ‘mindset shift’ for conservation (The Guardian)

 Land Needs Guardians
A great example of the way collaboration can increase the benefits of Guardians programs for communities and the environment → “By working together, Na̲nwak̲olas members are building strong partnerships, sharing expertise, and reducing costs for training and technical services.”
Ha-ma-yas Stewardship Network Supports Guardians, Collaboration (Coast Funds)

 IMPAC 5 Canada 
IMPAC 5 Canada has ended. So... what comes next?
VIDEO - Leaders and attendees reflect on what the Congress achieved and what steps they want to see on the way to protecting 30% of the Ocean by 2030.
Read full coverage of IMPAC5 at

 Hakai Magazine 
“It was so unexpected. Nobody had heard of such a massive deposition in the abyss.” Scientists scanning the Pacific Ocean floor off Mexico happened upon millions of dead crabs. What killed them, and how did they get there?
Written by Fanni Szakal
How Did Millions of Dead Crabs Wind Up in the Abyss? (Hakai Magazine)
What does 15 years of conservation financing in the Great Bear Rainforest and Haida Gwaii look like? 🌲
With support from Coast Funds over the past 15 years, First Nations in the region have
✅ created 1,253 permanent jobs,
✅ conducted 389 research and habitat restoration projects, and
✅ established 18 regional monitoring and Guardian Watchmen programs. 🎉👏
“As world leaders look to address biodiversity loss, climate change, and socioeconomic gaps, the conservation finance model we’ve pioneered with Coast Funds shows how we might do things differently.” - Dallas Smith, Coast Fund’s board chair
First Nations Have Created Over 1,250 Jobs, 120 Businesses Since 2008 (Coast Funds)

 West Coast Environmental Law 
"There isn’t sufficient science and no existing domestic or international legal framework that would allow for mining to take place in an environmentally sustainable manner." said Minister Jonathan Wilkinson.
Canada declares moratorium on deep-sea mining at global ocean conservation summit (National Observer)

 West Coast Environmental Law 
VIDEO - Did you hear the good news? At IMPAC 5 Canada, Canada announced its minimum standards framework for marine protected areas (MPAs). This is exciting because they committed to this back in 2019 to prohibit harmful activities that can *still* occur within MPAs: oil and gas extraction, deep sea mining, bottom-trawl fishing, and pollution dumping. It's common sense!
West Coast Staff Lawyer Stephanie Hewson explains more in this video by SeaBlue Canada (a collective of seven Canadian NGOs, including West Coast, working together to hold the Government of Canada to account on ambitious, equitable and impactful marine protection). 🌊

 Pacific Salmon Foundation
Salmon stocks have been declining since the 1970s with some populations decreasing by 90 per cent. Our team at the Pacific Salmon Foundation is dedicated to restoring wild Pacific salmon. For many years now PSF has been leading and collaborating on critical scientific research related to the effect of open-net pen fish farms on salmon health. The body of research that PSF and our collaborators have published leads to and continues to affirm our position for the need to transition open-net pen fish farms to closed containment.
A decade of rigorous, peer-reviewed research has outlined the numerous risks open-net pen salmon farms pose to wild Pacific salmon through the amplification and transfer of harmful parasites and pathogens.
The mounting scientific, peer-reviewed evidence makes one point clear: open-net pen salmon farms present a clear and unacceptable risk to B.C.’s wild Pacific salmon. This risk is posed, in particular, on stocks of concern migrating through the Discovery Islands. Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO)’s own science-advisory processes have indicated that transitioning to closed containment is a necessary step in protecting Fraser River sockeye and Chinook populations.
We’ve highlighted a number of critical pieces of evidence related to the risks open-net pen fish farms pose in the Discovery Islands, and included it with information on our Salmon Health Program.
This work supports our mission to sustain healthy populations of Pacific salmon for generations to come.
Salmon Health Program: Discovery and Action (PSF)

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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