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Friday, August 26, 2011

Video: Gwaii Haanas - Journey from mountain top to sea floor

Just over a month ago my manager, Kim Wright, shared some pictures of her recent trip to Gwaii Haanas. Today, I thought I'd share a video with you a video that Parks Canada put together on the marine portion of the park - Gwaii Haanas National Marine Conservation Area (NMCA).

When Gwaii Haanas NMCA was established in July of last year, the area became the first area in Canada to receive some degree of protection from mountaintop to sea floor. While the park is an important step towards protecting the marine environment and wildlife of the area, covers a relatively small area of the waters on Canada's Pacific coast.

As Kim mentioned in her post, the reason for her visit to area was a meeting to help create a plan for the rest of the ocean from northern Vancouver Island to the Alaska border. This marine region, dubbed the Pacific North Coast Integrated Management Area (PNCIMA), covers over 102,000 km2 of ocean from the edge of the continental shelf to the shores of the Great Bear Rainforest. This is another opportunity to create an area that has some degree of protection from the highest peaks to the deepest depths, not only for the marine life and their homes but also for the coastal residents who live and work on this amazing part of the coast.

To learn more about PNCIMA and find out how you can get involved, visit the new PNCIMA Matters website. There you can also see more videos of the area or add you own, as well as stories and upcoming events in the region.

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