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May 17

Marine Protection, southern BC Coast, info summary.

NMCA Newsletter, VICCS, website pub, may 2015

Planning for a new National Marine Conservation Area began back in 2002.

Then, in 2011, federal and provincial Environment Ministers announced new boundaries …then, nothing.

It’s now time to honour the promises, and declare the Southern Strait of Georgia National Marine Conservation Area.

Canada would benefit from rich habitat and fisheries, …and British Columbia, and the Gulf Islands, and Vancouver Island, would be revitalized as healthy coastal communities take shape and prosper.

An exceptional place on the planet the Southern Strait of Georgia is part of a complex archipelago …our marine food chain once so prolific you could walk on water, across the Nanaimo River, “on the backs of salmon.”

NMCA Newsletter, VICCS, may 2015

The saltmarsh wetlands of the Pacific flyway offer food and sanctuary to resident and migrating birds.

Tidal flats and pools, island shores and sub-tidal zones are home to crabs, sea anemones, lush kelp forests, dolphins, sea lions, porpoises & orca whales
Our economic, social, cultural and ecological quality of life depend on clean coasts and shores of the Salish Sea …and deserve our protection and conservation.

A Marine Conservation Area brings all interests to the table, advancing practical solutions.

Our coast and marine life need protection.

Canada needs a Strait of Georgia National Marine Conservation Area.

 

AN UPDATE OF THE VANCOUVER ISLAND & COAST CONSERVATION SOCIETY

P.O. Box 333, CEDAR, B.C., V9X 1W1
WWW.VICCS.VCN.BC.CA
VICCS@SHAW.CA

SPRING 2015