There are 266 dive sites identified in the MaPP study area
The oldest known kelp, Pterygophora californica, is about 29 years old and looks like an underwater palm tree.
The North Coast Marine Plan provides recommendations for increasing the local benefits from sustainable fishing activities, protecting Aboriginal fisheries, and increasing local skill development and capacity in fishery-related activities.
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.
Indicators are used to monitor and assess the status or trend of a system. The information can assist decision makers with detecting changes and provide a basis for adjusting decisions or actions.
The combined width of forest reserve areas on either side of “high value fish habitat” streams and rivers is roughly the length of a football field. High value fish habitat also includes productive shellfish areas and estuaries.
Spat is the youngest stage of shellfish life, after larvae. Scallop spats measure about .4 to .6 millimetres.
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.
Salmon production accounts for 40% of all seafood production in B.C. and salmon products generate about 53% of the total wholesale value of all B.C. seafood.
There are roughly 250 northern resident killer whales, 300 transient killer whales and 2,000 humpbacks along the B.C. coast – and increased appearances by the second largest animal on the planet, the impressive fin whale.
Prince Rupert has the highest First Nations population percentage of any municipality with a population of 5,000 or more in Canada.
Prince Rupert is an island community and Canada’s wettest city. It is located on Kaien Island and linked by a short bridge to the mainland.
In daytime, spirit bears are 30% more efficient than their black-coated relations at catching salmon. At night, black bears have a slight advantage. Scientists speculate that salmon are less wary of a white object above the water than a black one.
Sea cucumbers, particularly their eggs and young larvae, are prey for fish and other marine animals. Approximately 30 species are found on B.C.’s west coast.
The Central Coast is home to the Kermode or spirit bear, which is famous for its distinctive white coat, and a sacred animal to First Nations people.
The giant red sea cucumber is the largest and the only commercially harvested sea cucumber species in B.C. The Central Coast is a significant source of sea cucumbers for B.C.’s commercial fishery.
Sea otter populations have grown dramatically in the Central Coast since their re-introduction to B.C. in the early 1970s.
An adult sea otter pelt contains roughly 100,000 hairs per square centimetre, which is more hair than on an entire adult human head.
The B.C. sea kayaking sector generated $14.2 million in gross revenues in 2005 with sea kayaking tourists spending $11 million in the province that year. (Tourism BC Research Services Report 2007)
The world’s tallest totem pole, at 173 feet, is Kwakwaka’wakw and is located in Alert Bay.