Kitasoo Xai’xais Declares Gitdisdzu Lugyeks (Kitasu Bay) a Marine Protected Area

Kitasu Bay, on the Central Coast, underwater shot of seaweed and fish.

The Kitasoo Xai’xais Nation has declared a new Marine Protected Area (MPA) in Gitdisdzu Lugyeks (Kitasu Bay), a unique and ecologically rich area that has long been a place of great cultural, medicinal and nutritional importance for community members.

The MPA Declaration was made by Hereditary Chiefs of the Kitasoo Xai’xais Nation, with support from the elected Chief and Council, and in accordance with Kitasoo Xai’xais laws, customs, principles and values. The 33.5-square-kilometre MPA will act as a permanent safe haven for fish stocks and other marine life, ensuring the region’s richness and abundance is preserved into the future.

Read the full Gitdisdzu Lugyeks MPA Declaration (pdf).

Read the draft Gitdisdzu Lugyeks MPA Management Plan (pdf).

Watch the MPA announcement below!

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