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An exciting project is underway.  For the first time a comprehensive multi-layered informative map and guide is being developed with the financial support of local governments from around Howe Sound.    The Howe Sound/Atl’kitsem Marine Reference Guide is recognized as a valuable tool by members of the Howe Sound Community Forum in 2017 following the release of the OceanWatch Report – Howe Sound Edition.

Fiona Beaty presents on Howe Sound Research & Conservation

Over the past year, the Ocean Watch Task Force helped move the project forward and a project steering committee was formed. Fiona Beaty is the project manager working with Tides Canada.  Among the steering committee members are representatives from Squamish Nation, forestry, recreational fishing, tourism, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Ocean Wise, Suzuki Foundation and the Howe Sound Biosphere Region Initiative.

Once developed, the maps will have several hundred layers of data and stories of the Howe Sound marine and fresh water environment.  Data gathering is currently underway and will incorporate information that will help to guide conservation planning. The Marine Conservation Assessment is a current project of the David Suzuki Foundation and Coastal Ocean Research Institute.

The Howe Sound/Atl’kitsem Marine Reference Guide project is expected to take a couple more years and will be a useful tool for collaboration and planning, a dedicated website is under development. On September 19th, Fiona Beaty and Jessica Schultz gave a joint presentation at the Howe Sound Sustainable Development Goals Forum about the projects.   To learn more view the project on the Tides Canada website here.

 

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