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Welcome to the MaPP newsletter

This is the first of several newsletters that will bring you news, information and stories from the Marine Planning Partnership initiative on B.C.’s North Pacific Coast. The MaPP team is currently working on draft marine plans for each of the four MaPP sub-regions: Haida Gwaii, North Coast, Central Coast and North Vancouver Island. Future MaPP newsletters will include details of how you can participate in the public review of these draft marine plans once they are complete. Learn more about MaPP.



Haida Gwaii

Collaborative Compliance & Enforcement

A young Haida man is currently a training recruit at the Western Conservation Law Enforcement Academy in Hinton, Alberta. He will be the first ever Haida to act as a natural resource compliance and enforcement officer on Haida Gwaii.
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The general management directions of the Haida Gwaii Marine Use Plan include proposed strategies and objectives to support and build upon cooperative compliance and enforcement efforts.
North Coast

The value of listening to the whales

If biologist Janie Wray could persuade whale-watchers of any one principle, it would be this: “Understand that while you’re having a whale experience, the whale is also having a human experience.”
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There are roughly 250 northern resident killer whales, 300 transient killer whales and 2,000 humpbacks along the B.C. coast – and increased appearances by the second largest animal on the planet, the impressive fin whale.
Central Coast

Spirit bears bring international tourists to remote B.C.

Doug Neasloss, a kayak touring guide in the remote village of Klemtu, had just closed up shop for the 2003 season, when he got an unexpected visitor.
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In daytime, spirit bears are 30% more efficient than their black-coated relations at catching salmon. At night, black bears have a slight advantage. Scientists speculate that salmon are less wary of a white object above the water than a black one.
North Vancouver Island

Paddling adventures – a Northern B.C. export product

Back when Rick Snowdon was a full-time adventure guide he led an unforgettable trip with, among others, an Italian student who was soon to embark on his Ph.D. in nuclear physics.
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The B.C. sea kayaking sector generated $14.2 million in gross revenues in 2005 with sea kayaking tourists spending $11 million in the province that year. (Tourism BC Research Services Report 2007)

Seafood delivers a bounty to coastal communities

While eating more fish might seem like a simple, healthy dietary decision, in fact, it also offers consumers the chance to make a big difference to coastal communities in British Columbia.
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MaPP sub-regional plans include objectives and strategies to increase the economic value of seafood products and promote local processing activities for the benefit of First Nations and coastal communities.


MaPP initiative partners present at two international marine planning conferences

MaPP initiative partners attended two international conferences in October to learn from peers in the global marine planning community and to share some of the ground-breaking work underway in the MaPP initiative.
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MaPP initiative launches a new website

The Marine Planning Partnership for the North Pacific Coast (MaPP) introduces a refreshed website. New to the site is the Marine Planning Portal – a chance for you to explore a sophisticated marine planning tool with well over 200 data sets.
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MaPP announces extension to June 30, 2014

The Marine Planning Partnership for the North Pacific Coast (MaPP) announces the extension of the MaPP Initiative completion date from December 31, 2013 to June 30, 2014. The MaPP Marine Working Group is pleased to report that marine plans are on track for completion within the original timeline.
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