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DFO dragging out marine protection plans on West Coast, First Nations say – National Observer

July 28th 2022

A coalition of coastal First Nations and scientists are frustrated with Fisheries and Oceans Canada roadblocks to long-standing plans to create a network of marine protected areas on the West Coast.

For more than a decade, 17 coastal First Nations and the B.C. government have been actively involved in a marine planning process called MaPP to create the B.C. Northern Shelf Marine Protected Area Network — a patchwork of MPAs across the northern third of B.C.’s coast, said Mike Reid of the Heiltsuk Nation’s integrated resource department.

The Haíłzaqv, Kitasoo Xai’xais, Nuxalk and Wuikinuxv First Nations, represented by the Central Coast Indigenous Resource Alliance (CCIRA), have invested heavily in terms of time and money in scientific and traditional research into their MPA areas and at the negotiating table, Reid said.

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