Marine plan meetings next week

  • Apr. 9, 2014 3:00 p.m.

The CHN and BC are seeking public input to shape their Haida Gwaii draft Marine Plan when they meet with islanders during four community meetings next week.”If you care about the ocean environment, or your living depends of the ocean, then the Council of the Haida Nation and the Province of British Columbia want to hear from you at the upcoming public meetings,” said a co- authored information bulletin.Meetings will take place in Sandspit on Monday, April 14; Old Massett on Tuesday, April 15; Skidegate on Wednesday, April 16; and Port on Thursday, April 17.All will be held at each village’s community hall and will follow the same format: snacks and open house from 5:30 pm to 7 pm, presentation and questions from 7 pm to 8 pm, ending with small discussion groups, depending on interest, from 8 pm to 9 pm.The meetings are part of the Marine Planning Partnership (MaPP) initiative between the province and 18 First Nations. They’re working together to create plans for marine use and long-term ocean health on the North Pacific Coast.The province and the Haida Nation have also been working on a marine plan for several years. It describes how waters around the islands will be used in the future, and will set some areas aside for protection management.”The Haida Gwaii draft Marine Plan will provide recommendations for key areas of marine management – including uses, activities and protection – and will inform decisions regarding the sustainable economic development and stewardship of Haida Gwaii’s coastal marine environment,” the bulletin said.The draft plan had considerable input from the Haida Marine Work Group and the Haida Gwaii Marine Advisory Committee and their stakeholders, as well as a science advisory committee.Those who can’t attend meetings, and would like to share their comments or feedback can do so by mail to the CHN office, PO Box 98, Queen Charlotte or BC FLNRO office, PO Box 39, Queen Charlotte, by e-mail at hg- feedback@mappocean.org, or phone at 559-4469 (CHN) and 559-6200 (BC-FLNRO) during the public review period, now until May 7.The final plan for Haida Gwaii and a regional management framework are scheduled to be completed by June.More information can be found at www.mappocean.org.

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