An ecosystem-based management plan for the ocean in this region is being developed. It will be similar to the Land Use Plans created for the Great Bear Rainforest.
After months of delay, the PNCIMA planning office (Pacific North Coast Integrated Management Area – pronounced pin-SEE-mah) has finally released the draft stakeholder engagement strategy that sets out a roadmap and timetable for the public’s contribution to marine planning in the region.Everyone who lives on and loves our coast or makes their living from these waters—commercial and recreational fishermen, tourism operators, seafood processors—should take the time to review and respond to this strategy.
There is an open public comment period on the draft and community meetings are scheduled. The people who live and work on the coast finally have something tangible that describes how you can become involved.
All interested parties or individuals may provide comments and suggestions on this document in writing by April 16th 2010 to:
Neil Davis, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, 401 Burrard Street, Vancouver V6C 3S4
Or at one of nine public meetings to be held in the following communities:
Skidegate, Skidegate Community Hall
March 29, 2010, 6-9 pm
Masset, Howard Phillips Community Hall
March 30, 2010, 6-9 pm
Prince Rupert, Highliner Plaza Hotel
March 31, 2010, 6-9 pm
Kitimat, Riverlodge Recreation Centre
April 1, 2010, 6-9 pmCampbell River, Coast Discovery Inn
April 6, 2010, 7-10 pm
Port Hardy, Port Hardy Civic Centre
April 7, 2010, 6-9 pm
Shearwater, Shearwater Marine
April 8, 2010, 6-9 pm
Bella Coola, Lobelco Community Hall
April 9, 2010, 6-9 pm
Vancouver, SFU Harbour Centre
April 13, 2010, 1-4 pmOther useful links: http://www.pncima.org/strategy.htmlhttp://www.pncimamatters.net/stakeholderchecklist.htmlhttp://www.livingoceans.org/newsletters/oceans_update/oceans03151001.aspx#pncima
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