MaPP Snapshot stories and photos capture some of the people, local and traditional culture, economic opportunities and rich marine life and habitat on B.C.’s North Pacific Coast. Subscribe to the MaPP newsletter to get the latest MaPP Snapshots.

Tracking cumulative effects

Growing up in the rolling savannah of Botswana in southern Africa, Maya Paul could never have imagined that she would one day find herself living amid the rain forests of British Columbia’s north coast. Yet that’s exactly where her expertise in strategic planning and engagement has led her. In January 2016, Maya was appointed cumulative […]

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Coastal Guardian Watchman training and ecosystem-based management indicator development

First Nations people have long understood that the use of natural resources needs to be carefully managed in order to remain sustainable. They recognize that species, ecosystems and humans cannot be considered in isolation – healthy environments and healthy communities go hand-in-hand. This has been a guiding principle in their relationship with nature for thousands […]

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Collaborative marine management underway on B.C.’s North Coast: A primer on the Regional Action Framework

The Regional Action Framework (RAF) is the result of intensive consultation and planning for marine areas along the North Pacific Coast of B.C., from Campbell River through to the Alaskan border. Its broad view prioritizes both ecosystem and human well-being, as well as collaborative and efficient marine management. With a 20-year scope, implementation of the […]

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NVI Sub-region probes shellfish aquaculture, guardian programs, and economic development

MaPP co-leads in the North Vancouver Island (NVI) Marine Plan area are carefully reviewing a trio of newly completed reports that suggest critical roles for First Nations in economic development and conservation activities. “These studies show that we’re serious about implementing this plan, and that there are economic opportunities for everyone here—even in stewardship,” says […]

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Putting diving on the MaPP map

A rock wall in the waters off the Northern tip of Vancouver Island is world famous – at least to a select group of people in dry suits. Scuba divers come from all over the world to dive the wall at Browning Pass and other remarkable sites near Port Hardy. Browning wall is a sheer […]

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Grandfather Handshake and Big Fish – Two Generations Protect a Way of Life

Chief Sm’ooygit Niist’oyx, or “Grandfather Handshake”, is a hereditary chief of the Gitwilgyoots tribe, one of the nine allied tribes of the Coast Tsimshian who live near the lower Skeena River on B.C.’s north coast. His given name is Clarence Nelson. He is a traditional and commercial fisherman, a member of many community committees and […]

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A wealth of traditional knowledge on Haida Gwaii

Marine planning in the MaPP initiative draws from different sources of information, including Western science, local knowledge and traditional knowledge. A robust source of information on the North Pacific coast – where First Nations communities have lived for thousands of years – is traditional knowledge. This has involved documenting First Nations understanding about marine habitats, […]

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Hatching a new industry on the North Coast

Canadian waters, Chilean technology, and First Nations and Chinese investment are all contributing to the success of the Coastal Shellfish Corporation in Prince Rupert. With a modern shellfish hatchery built in Prince Rupert and a shellfish farm in Metlakatla traditional territory, Coastal Shellfish hatches, grows and harvests scallops with minimal environmental impact. Originally planned as […]

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Where the forest meets the sea – harvesting logs, protecting habitat

How do First Nations, the forest industry and the provincial government work together to manage logging in the Central Coast? And, just as importantly, how do they protect the environment while they’re doing it? In response, Warren Warttig quotes a university professor: “Forestry isn’t rocket science – it’s much harder than that,” he notes. Warttig […]

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Clams thrive in ancient stone gardens

Ancient and mysterious treasures can be found on the B.C. coast – if you know where to look for them. They are the luxiwey (pronounced: lok-hee-way) of the I’waxstay yas Gwayasdums (Broughton Archipelago) – clam gardens created by First Nations people thousands of years ago and revealed to Westerners only in the last 15 years. […]

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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. That’s the passionate belief of Jamie Alley, a former director with the B.C. Ministry of Environment, now retired and consulting to government, First Nations […]

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Collaborative Compliance & Enforcement

Working together to better manage Haida Gwaii’s natural resources 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. Buster Bell, 35, was the best candidate, […]

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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. “It was our last night,” Snowdon recalls. “We were waiting for the darkness so we could see the bioluminescence, and the student turned to […]

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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.” The co-director of the Cetacealab, a whale research facility on Gil Island, on the North Coast of B.C., is all too familiar with the […]

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