Ensuring Marine Protection For Our Coast: What’s Next?

Looking at all types of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), Central Coast Nations are currently working to find out what an NMCAR may mean for our communities and ecosystems and if it best suits our interests.

This brochure provides information on the key features of an NMCAR, including:

  • What is an NMCAR?
  • Features of an NMCAR
  • Possible benefits for our Nations
  • What the NMCAR zones include
  • What’s permitted in an NMCAR
  • What happens next?

Ensuring Marine Protection For Our Coast (PDF)


Shrinking giant: rockfish research tells a story

Rockfish montage

Did you know some rockfish species live for well over 100 years? Our Nations’ rockfish research uses traditional knowledge and science to learn more about these fascinating species, which are critical parts of our culture, economy, and environment. This comic illustrates the results of our research and much.  You’ll have so much fun reading it, you’ll forget that you’re learning stuff.

Shrinking giant: rockfish research tells a story (PDF)


People and Place – Marine Spatial Planning

People and Place - Marine Spatial Planning report cover

The ocean is an integral part of our First Nations culture, society and economy. Yet over the last century and increasingly over recent decades, the growing intensity and diversity of marine activities and uses are stressing marine ecosystems and affecting our communities.

As existing, new and emerging marine industries and activities are competing for coastal an ocean space, recognition is growing that the current sector-by-sector approach to marine resource management is not working. A more integrated and comprehensive approach is needed to effectively manage all activities and uses in a way that ensures ecosystem health and the well-being of coastal communities.

People and Place: Marine Spatial Planning (PDF)


Into the Deep Blue – Marine Ecosystem-based Management

Into the Deep Blue report cover

Our First Nations communities are leading the way in marine use planning, discussing key marine issues within our communities, and talking to our neighbours about what is important and why. Central Coastal First Nations have been practising “ecosystem-based management” of the land and the sea for generations stretching back more than 10,000 years. Our traditional resource management and enhancement practices sustain some of the richest cultures and societies on the planet.

Into the Deep Blue (PDF)

A Sea of Change – Integrated Marine Use Planning

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BC marine environment is among the most biologically diverse and pristine in the world. However, our oceans are in serious trouble.The ocean’s biodiversity and fish stocks are declining, climate change is altering BC’s marine environment and potential developments such as offshore oil and gas present enormous threats to our marine environment.

Integrated Marine Use Planning offers an opportunity to ensure that human uses of the marine environment ensures sustainable ecosystems and communities.

A Sea of Change (PDF)