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The Future of Howe Sound Society is pleased to have contributed to the Comprehensive Planning chapter of the recently published OceanWatch – Howe Sound Edition report.  Howe Sound Edition was the pilot project by the Vancouver Aquarium’s Coastal Ocean Research Institute.  

Fisheries and Oceans Minister LeBlanc

Fisheries and Oceans Minister LeBlanc

The launch of the report was celebrated at the Vancouver Aquarium on February 26th.  Attending the event was Federal Fisheries and Oceans Minister LeBlanc, Howe Sound politicians, contributors, media and VIP’s including the Consul General of the People’s Republic of China.  Having so many people gathered together focusing on the health of Howe Sound was truly a wonderful event.

H.E. LIU Fei, Consul General of the People’s Republic of China with Vancouver Aquarium President & CEO Dr. John Nightingale.

H.E. LIU Fei, Consul General of the People’s Republic of China with Vancouver Aquarium President & CEO Dr. John Nightingale.

The report provides a comprehensive status of the Sound, bringing together years of research and information from people around Howe Sound on issues of ecological, socioeconomic, cultural, and governance aspects of ecosystem health.

An Ocean Health Index score is given for each goal people have for healthy oceans and is an excellent resource for information on marine life, water, seafood, sense of place and more.

Howe Sound remains vulnerable to development, shipping and fishing pressures despite impressive improvements in the region’s marine health in recent years.   Andrew Day, the institute’s executive Director says We must take steps to protect and rebuild it.”  Each section of the report lists action items that will continue to help with marine planning and protections.

The website have all of the report’s findings, but the hard copy is a collectors item.  CORI is taking orders for print editions.  Deadline for the 364 page collector’s edition is April 15th, 2017.  Please contact oceanwatch@vanaqua.org to be added to list.

OceanWatch Report – Howe Sound Edition in the news:

Vancouver SunCalgary Herald, Ottawa Citizen

TopExaminer.com

Bowen Undercurrent, North Shore News, The Squamish Chief

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