Building Culture and Community for Ecological Progress

Building Culture and Community for Ecological Progress

Tofino is just close enough to BC’s populous lower mainland to put it in reach for weekend escapes by those living in the province’s major urban centres, yet just far enough away, and just wild enough to make the escape worthwhile. It is home to Surfrider Pacific Rim and to its Chapter Manager Lilly Woodbury, a lifelong environmentalist who plays a key role in the chapters remote beach clean efforts.

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The Land-Sea-People Plan Creates A Future Full of Hope for Gwaii Haanas

The Land-Sea-People Plan Creates A Future Full of Hope for Gwaii Haanas

Today just 3% of the waters of Gwaii Haanas are strictly protected, but the archipelago stands on the brink of massive change. The recently announced and the Gina ’Waadluxan KilGuhlGa (Talking About Everything) Land-Sea-People Management Plan will increase protected marine areas to 40% and shows what can be accomplished when time and care is taken to follow through on a fully inclusive process.

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Danna Moore–The Power of Divers, Diving & Data

Danna Moore–The Power of Divers, Diving & Data

In California, the suburbs reach right down past the Pacific Coast Highway to the ocean’s edge, where sand drifts onto the sidewalks, making them slippery for blocks. Where there are cliffs, concrete stairs descend from paths between people’s driveways to the golden sands and crashing surf below. One of these places is Laguna Beach, where I spent the morning with Project AWARE’s Danna Moore during one of their signature Dive Against Debris debris underwater collection and survey events.

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Bill Carroll – Inspiring Stories of Diving Activism

Bill Carroll – Inspiring Stories of Diving Activism

Bill knows better than most the challenges that some people face when they feel the call to learn how to dive because, as a diving instructor, he has witnessed them more than most. He has trained hundreds of people in his career and can relate stories of getting students in touch with their inner diving “badass.”

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Haida Nation Lawyer for the Ages: Terri-Lynn Williams-Davidson

Haida Nation Lawyer for the Ages: Terri-Lynn Williams-Davidson

The past two centuries have seen Haida Gwaii’s resources exploited, sometimes to the point of extirpation (sea otters) and even extinction (Dawson Caribou). Recent decades, however, have seen the Haida organize to fight for the conservation of their lands and, by extension, their culture. Terri-Lynn Williams-Davidson is a lawyer on the front lines for the Haida Nation.

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West Coast Fisheries Management: For Whose Benefit? - Part II

West Coast Fisheries Management: For Whose Benefit? - Part II

While the majority of fishermen wanted these quota to be doled out in equal portions to each boat, the DFO was persuaded to do so based on boat size. This meant the allocation was heavily skewed to favor a small percentage of the fleet. According to Phil, this was the real reason ITQs were being introduced in the first place, so a small group of individuals could monopolize the industry.

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A Fish Tale of Art, Destruction and Sustainability - Part II

A Fish Tale of Art, Destruction and Sustainability - Part II

If a disease takes hold, or if a food source takes a hit, or a pesticide with unforeseen effects is introduced, or a chemical spill occurs, or effects from climate change worsen, just to name a few possibilities, the blow dealt on top of previous over-fishing of herring, in this case, may simply be too much for the population to bounce back from.

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COAST: A Marine Protection Success Story in Scotland - PART I

COAST: A Marine Protection Success Story in Scotland - PART I

In 2008, the very first community-led No Take Zone was created in Lamlash Bay. In 2014, the South Arran Marine Protected Area was designated by the Scottish government as an MPA covering approximately 280 square kilometers. This huge success has led to a great sense of ownership and pride in this island community of just over 5,000.

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Marine Protections In Gwaii Haanas - An Ecotourism Operator Speaks Out

Marine Protections In Gwaii Haanas - An Ecotourism Operator Speaks Out

Bryce asks a reasonable and interesting question, “What is the true value of Gwaii Hanaas? It’s not the weight of the fish that gets sold in the markets. It’s the long-term value of having a functional ecosystem; of having a place where people can go to appreciate the environment. And surely that value is much higher.”

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West Coast Fisheries, ITQs and the DFO

West Coast Fisheries, ITQs and the DFO

Meet Des Nobels, retired fisherman, a director of the North Coast Regional District and long-time spokesperson for the T. Buck Suzuki Environmental Foundation. In his time, Des has seen many changes come to the West Coast fishing industry. His experiences are legion and his opinions regarding policies, policymakers, and any number of other factors relating to the fishing industry in Coastal BC contain many important lessons.

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A Tale of Old Massett & The Survivor Paradox

I came to Haida Gwaii  to learn about an extraordinary event that occurred in 2012. A radical, ambitious and well-intentioned action taken by the leaders of a small community in an attempt to secure their financial future, the viability of their town and the future of their fishery.

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Lessons In Personal Sustainability On The Edge Of The World

Lessons In Personal Sustainability On The Edge Of The World

Like many on Haida Gwaii, Phil is someone who can turn his hand to many tasks and has done many different things on and off island – much of it working for companies that focus on extracting Canada’s natural wealth in one form or another, log-by-log, boatload-by-boatload, or barrel by barrel, and there have been plenty of times when he’s made good money doing it.

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