Marine Use Planning

Coastal First Nations recognize that issues such as declining fish stocks, climate change and proposed oil tanker traffic on the coast pose significant threats to the marine environment. Communities are developing integrated marine use plans that will maintain and restore resilient and productive marine resources and ecosystems.

The goals of integrated marine use planning are to:

  • Promote improved ocean management decisions that integrate ecological, cultural and socio-economic factors
  • Design plans that are based on ecosystem-based management
  • Establish institutional arrangements that bring together governments, First Nations and other interests
  • Contribute to the social, cultural, and economic well-being of First Nations. 

Coastal First Nations are ensuring their communities are involved at all levels of the process and that community marine use plans establish clear guidelines and best practices for all activities occurring within traditional territories based on community interests.

For more information on coastal First Nations marine use planning and other initiatives taking place in the North and Central Coast and Haida Gwaii, visit the Coastal First Nations Great Bear Initiative website or download their publications on Marine Ecosystem-Based Management and Integrated Marine Use Planning.