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Video Explores Benefits of Marine Plan Implementation

Haíɫzaqv Guardian Watchmen at work
Haíɫzaqv Guardian Watchmen monitor the spread of the invasive European green crab which threatens local shellfish populations. Image via Marine Plan Partership: The Benefits.

The outcomes of five years of marine plan implementation are highlighted in a new video from the Marine Plan Partnership (MaPP).

The video showcases the spectacular nature of the North Pacific Coast—an area that encompasses the territories of 17 partner First Nations, and many others. In 2016, those partner First Nations signed implementation agreements with the Province. Since then, these Nations have been working collaboratively with the Province to implement the marine plans developed through MaPP.

The video invites viewers to travel along as Guardian Watchmen gather data and monitor environmental conditions. Visit the towering kelp forests that support a wide array of biodiversity, including ecologically and culturally important species. Witness young people connecting with their marine heritage (through programs such as the Haisla Culture Camp). Hear from First Nations and provincial leaders who are working together to protect, conserve, and manage this precious shared resource.

The terrestrial part of our territory means nothing without the marine component being protected and managed properly. – Dallas Smith, President, Nanwakolas Council

The video features interviews with stewardship experts from a number of First Nations including:

The video also demonstrates that the work conducted during MaPP’s first phase has created a strong foundation. Data collection, fact finding, habitat monitoring, stakeholder engagement, pilot projects, and contributions to other planning processes that are critical to successful future implementation have been established.

MaPP is now poised to move into its second phase of implementation with the goal of creating positive change in coastal communities and ocean health.

This story appears courtesy of the Marine Plan Partnership. View the original story HERE.

Learn more about Marine and Land Use Agreements in the Great Bear Rainforest.