Category: Timeline Stories

Province releases Coastal Marine Strategy Intentions Paper

The Ministry releases a Policy Intentions Paper for the BC Coastal Marine Strategy that was co-written with representatives from coastal Indigenous nations. The Policy Intentions Paper lays out six outcomes that they want to see achieved for coastal and marine areas in British Columbia, as well as 30 policy intentions..Read More

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Designing a blueprint for the coast

As we await the creation of the BC coastal marine strategy, BC remains one of the last coastal jurisdictions in North America without a united plan and law to protect its coast. Our goal is to create a blueprint, co-designed with Indigenous nations, that ensures marine life and coastal communities..Read More

Dead salmon lying on shore

Increased stress on the BC coastline

Intensifying climate change impacts, record low salmon runs, and increasing demands over resources continue to negatively impact BC coastal communities and ecosystems, making the need for BC coastal marine strategy even more urgent than ever.


BC commits to developing a coastal marine strategy

The BC government commits for the first time to developing a BC coastal marine strategy in partnership with Indigenous nations and other orders of government, to better protect coastal habitat while growing coastal economies. Minister of State for Lands and Natural Resource Operations Nathan Cullen is tasked with leading the..Read More

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BC Enshrines UNDRIP into law

British Columbia enacts legislation requiring the province to bring its law and practices into harmony with the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). This includes its marine management regime.

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Marine Planning Partnership for the North Pacific Coast

A big win for sustainable ecosystem-based ocean management occurs when a co-initiative between Indigenous nations and the Provincial government completes its marine plans for the Great Bear Sea. The initiative, called the Marine Plan Partnership (MaPP) for the North Pacific Coast, would go on to win the inaugural BC Reconciliation..Read More

East coast harbour

Oceans Act mandates national oceans strategy

The federal Oceans Act comes into force and the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans & the Canadian Coast Guard is put in charge of developing a national oceans strategy in collaboration with provincial governments, Indigenous organizations and coastal communities.


Private member’s bill proposed

Here in BC, MLA Harold Steves introduces a private member’s bill to establish a Coastal Commission Act to better manage coastal areas. But unfortunately, the bill was not passed by the legislature.

Lightship Columbia at the Mouth of the Columbia River 05/1973

The first modern coastal marine strategies are adopted

With coastal development accelerating, and pressure from a burgeoning environmental movement, states along the Pacific US coast adopt some of the first modern coastal marine strategies. These coastal plans bring together the federal government, Indigenous tribes, and local governments.