Protect our Great Bear Sea
The Province of B.C. and 18 First Nations have worked together in an innovative partnership and made plans to protect the Great Bear Sea and the people and economies it supports. Now, we need to call on the provincial government to commit to those plans.
Join us in seizing this historic opportunity. Send a message to our leaders to Protect our Great Bear Sea.
The Great Bear Sea is one of the richest marine ecosystems left on Earth. It is a world treasure on par with the Galapagos Islands and the Amazon Rainforest.
Stretching from the northern tip of Vancouver Island to the Alaskan Border, the Great Bear Sea is home to an incredible bounty of life: 400 species of fish, including wild Pacific salmon; 29 species of mammals, like orcas, humpback whales and sea otters; and more than three million nesting seabirds.
The Great Bear Sea's importance to our economy, our way of life and even our identity cannot be understated.
The ocean is our life-support system. It’s one of the most important components of the global carbon cycle. Plankton provides half of the world’s oxygen — every second breath you take is courtesy of a healthy ocean.
Climate change. Ocean acidification. Pollution. Harmful fishing practices. Pipeline proposals. These are happening right now in B.C. and are directly affecting our seafood, the food web, our economic and spiritual well-being and our ways of life.
Our coastal waters are under threat and British Columbia hasn’t committed to a plan to properly protect them. While Australia, the United States and New Zealand expand safeguards for marine ecosystems, Canada has protected less than three per cent of the Great Bear Sea.
We need a plan that will leave the Great Bear Sea healthy and productive for our children and families, before it is too late.
The Province of B.C. and 18 First Nations worked together in an innovative partnership and made plans to protect the Great Bear Sea and the people and economies it supports. Now, we need to call on the provincial government to commit to those plans.
The plans are state-of-the-art in Canada. They will create zones for wildlife and ecosystem protection, and for ecotourism, renewable energy and aquaculture.
This summer, B.C. will decide whether to adopt these plans to protect our ocean. Join us in seizing this historic opportunity. Send a message to our leaders.
Our kids have big plans for our ocean. We should too.
Visit the Marine Planning Partnership (MaPP) website to learn more
Meet the Residents of our Great Bear Sea