8 ocean wins for struggling sea life

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Dear Paov,

Ocean conservation efforts made a big splash this month in BC, Canada, and beyond.

Marine leaders and professionals from around the world gathered in Vancouver for IMPAC5 (the 5th International Marine Protected Areas Congress), and we are excited to report that the hard work being done by all these ocean champions is starting to pay off.

We’re finally seeing progress on ocean issues that West Coast has been working on for years – like supporting new marine and Indigenous protected and conserved areas, and ensuring minimum standards for quality marine protection.

We know there is still lots of work to be done to implement these commitments and safeguard ocean life, and West Coast will continue to support this work and hold decision-makers accountable to their promises.

The impact of IMPAC5: Global ocean forum sparks progress on marine protection in Canada Heading into IMPAC5, our marine team shared key announcements to watch for regarding some of the most important marine conservation initiatives we have been working on. And as we hoped, this big international event inspired several government commitments that will lead to stronger ocean protection, in Canada and beyond.

Read on to learn about eight positive marine protection developments that demonstrate the impact of IMPAC5!
Celebrating a key milestone for Canada's first marine protected area network This is big – an Action Plan for the Great Bear Sea Marine Protected Area (MPA) Network was endorsed at IMPAC5. This network of MPAs will be collaboratively developed and managed by 15 First Nations, and the BC and federal government. West Coast has been supporting the initiative for several years and we are so excited to see it make it to this point.

Check out our full reaction to this news, as well as the update from Coastal First Nations. You can learn more about the Great Bear Sea / Northern Shelf Bioregion here.
The coast is clear for a BC Coastal Marine Strategy Back in December, the BC government released an Intentions Paper to make a BC Coastal Marine Strategy a reality, and they are now inviting public feedback until April 14. This is our opportunity to make sure that the Strategy is as strong and as effective as it can be for the sake of coastal communities, ecosystems, and economies that rely on a resilient and thriving BC coast.

This new blog outlines what’s in the Intentions Paper as well as concerns we hope will be addressed.
You’re invited: A Discussion with Geoff Dembicki and Sue Big Oil Join us on March 1 (12-1:30pm PT) for a virtual discussion with award-winning journalist Geoff Dembicki about his new book, The Petroleum Papers. Geoff tells the story of how the global fossil fuel industry knew their products were causing climate change decades ago, and what we can do to hold them accountable now.

Sign up via Zoom. Hosted by Sue Big Oil and Sue Big Oil Sunshine Coast.

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