Category: Timeline Stories

What We Heard Report is Released

The Government of BC released a What We Heard Report to summarize nearly 1,000 public feedback submissions on the Coastal Marine Strategy Policy Intentions Paper. The issues of most concern for respondents were restoration of wild salmon populations, addressing marine pollution, and incorporating legislation in the strategy. Moreover, 88% of..Read More


Public Engagement on the Policy Intentions Paper

A public engagement period for feedback on the Coastal Marine Strategy Policy Intentions Paper extended from December 15, 2022 – April 14, 2023. We gathered together a coalition of 19 environmental non-governmental organizations (ENGOs) to offer unified feedback on the Policy Intentions Paper, we submitted this joint letter on behalf..Read More


BC Engages with First Nations

The Ministry will engage coastal First Nations’ leadership on a process for developing a Coastal Marine Strategy and key priorities. Then in collaboration, they will draft an intentions paper. Following this step, we expect further engagement over this government’s mandate to develop a made-in-BC Coastal Marine Strategy.

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Blueprint for the Coast Continues Advocacy

As we await the creation of BC’s first Coastal Marine Strategy, BC remains one of the last coastal jurisdictions in North America without a united plan and law to protect and manage its coast. Our goal is to ensure the Government of BC implements an effective Coastal Marine Strategy and..Read More

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BC’s Coast Endures Unprecedented Stress

Intensifying climate change impacts, record low salmon runs, and increasing demands over resources continue to negatively impact coastal communities and ecosystems, making the need for a Coastal Marine Strategy more urgent than ever.

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BC Commits to Developing a Coastal Marine Strategy

For the first time, the Government of BC commits to developing a Coastal Marine Strategy in partnership with First Nations and other orders of government, as a means to preserve coastal marine ecosystems and in turn, growing coastal economies. Minister of State for Lands and Natural Resource Operations, Nathan Cullen,..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 United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) – this includes its marine management regime.