Join us aboard the CCGS Vector from 7-14 March 2018 to explore the fjords of the Central Coast of British Columbia!
This is an exciting opportunity to experience an area of high significance for the Heiltsuk and Kitasoo/Xai’Xais Nations. A partnership between Oceana Canada, Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO), the Heiltsuk and Kitasoo/Xai’Xais First Nations, Central Coast Indigenous Resource Alliance (CCIRA) and Ocean Networks Canada, the expedition's goal is to gather data in areas important for rockfish, corals and sponges, which will help inform marine planning efforts.
The Canadian government has committed to protecting 10 per cent of Canada’s oceans by 2020. This stewardship of the ocean is best achieved through collaboration among non-governmental organizations, Indigenous Peoples, industry, coastal communities, scientists and government. By collaborating, we can conduct research expeditions that expand our understanding of the diversity of life in the ocean and how best to protect it.
Discover the mystery and wonder of the fjords of Kynoch Inlet, Seaforth Channel and Fitz Hugh Sound at oceana.ca/ProtectOceans through:
- Behind-the-scenes videos featuring scientific experts, community members and Alexandra Cousteau, Oceana Senior Advisor and granddaughter of Jacques-Yves Cousteau;
- Underwater footage of reefs, rockfish, corals, sponges and basket stars captured using DFO’s submersible drop-camera and transmitted via satellite onboard in real-time through Ocean Networks Canada’s Oceans 2.0 platform;
- Images and livestreams narrated by ocean experts; and
- Community events and youth engagement activities at schools in Klemtu and Bella Bella.
We are all connected to our oceans, which are vitally important for a healthy planet. They provide Canadians with a source of sustainable protein, recreation and inspiration as well as jobs and income, and form a significant part of daily life for coastal communities.
We can ensure future generations inherit healthy oceans that support thriving coastal communities by protecting important marine habitats and rebuilding fish populations.
Visit oceana.ca/ProtectOceans to find out more.