Gwaii Haanas Marine – Islanders provide input

  • Mar. 16, 2009 9:00 a.m.

Submitted article–From accolades on the goal of marine protection to concerns about how a zone of full protection might impact a user of the marine area, the Gwaii Haanas Marine Project Team heard it all.Since mid-January, the Gwaii Haanas Marine team (reps from Parks Canada, DFO and the CHN) as well as the Interim Marine Advisory Committee (a group of local citizens providing advice to the project team) have been reaching out to islanders through printed publications and hosting events in each community. The main purpose of the increased visibility was to bring additional awareness to the proposed Gwaii Haanas National Marine Conservation Area Reserve and provide opportunities for people to ask questions make comments and provide input into the planning process.Overall, the response has been supportive. Gwaii Haanas Marine has been in the works for a long time and many people acknowledged their desire to just see it established. Zoning, or the process of selecting areas within the Gwaii Haanas Marine boundaries that will allow for or not allow for various types of activities, continues to be the topic that generates the most discussion.If you didn’t see the posters, get a copy of Gwaii Haanas Marine News or attend a coffee and conversation evening, opportunities for community input will continue to be offered over the coming months as the planning process moves towards the establishment of Gwaii Haanas Marine. In the meantime, if you would like more information or to be added to the Gwaii Haanas News mailing list, contact Terrie Dionne, Communications/Consultation Officer, Parks Canada at terrie.dionne@pc.gc.ca or at 250-559-6345.