The Haida Gwaii Marine Plan provides recommendations on five activities for economic development on Haida Gwaii including a community-based fisheries economy based on sustainable wild fisheries.
Haida Marine Traditional Knowledge Study
The Haida Marine Traditional Knowledge Study (click the “Traditional Knowledge” tab) documents Haida culture, traditions and knowledge about the ocean. 56 Haida shared their knowledge, with oral accounts dating back to the 1920s. More than 4000 locations and 150 marine species were recorded.
General Management Directions
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.
Approximately half of the global population of ancient murrelets breeds on Haida Gwaii.
The Gwaii Haanas Pacific herring stock is one of five major herring stocks in B.C. As a key forage species, herring is critical to marine ecosystems.
244 known shipwrecks occurred around Haida Gwaii between 1786 and 1998. 144 have been recorded and their locations mapped.
Haida Gwaii Area
Haida Gwaii is made up of over 150 islands that stretch approximately 250 kilometers north to south.
Haida Gwaii’s Graham Island is home to eight of northern B.C.’s top 10 coastal waterbird wetlands.
An estimated 1.5 million seabirds breed on Haida Gwaii.
Haida eddies that form off the west coast of Haida Gwaii and around Cape St. James, carry pockets of nutrient- and plankton-rich surface water to the north Pacific and the Gulf of Alaska. The Cape St. James eddy carries fish larvae all the way to Bowie Seamount.