Creating the Story

Creating a future for the Salish Sea

We have one Gulf and one chance to restore the natural resources we rely on. There has been some progress in the last four years that we should recognize and celebrate, but there is still a lot of work to do.

Since the onset of the spill, Ocean Conservancy has led the charge for a comprehensive approach to restoration. For us, that means restoration of our coastal communities as well as coastal and marine environments. Four years on, the discussion about coastal restoration and economic recovery has grown more robust, but we still have a long way to go.

Ocean Conservancy Gulf Restoration

Ocean Conservancy is working to support the millions whose lives and livelihoods depend on a healthy ocean.

Ocean Conservancy Thriving Economy

A Blueprint for restoring our oceans – PDF

Globally, our oceans are in deep trouble. Overfishing, pollution, bycatch and global warming are endangering the lives of marine creatures and habitat. We’re also endangering our lives if we don’t protect the oceans. We rely on the oceans for food, our livelihood and survival!

The greatest hope of protecting and restoring the health of our oceans is to create a network of marine reserves. Studies of existing marine reserves prove that protected areas produce up to 200 times as many fish, which grow larger and older than those in unprotected waters, and help to restore depleted fish stocks.

While our oceans cover two-thirds of the planet, only 0.5 percent are protected – compared to 13 percent of protected lands around the world. We’re calling for a network of reserves to encompass 40 percent of our world’s oceans.

Marine reserves are vital to restoring the health of our rapidly declining oceans. They can help restore marine biodiversity and put endangered species and habitat on the road to recovery. Marine reserves provide a safe-haven for marine life and give them the freedom to spawn, mate, and feed without the pressures of capture or habitat loss.

Michael Bell, Oceans Program Director, The Nature Conservancy in California

The best way to protect our oceans is by empowering local communities and fishermen that have the most to gain from sustainable fisheries. The Nature Conservancy and its partners have tested this theory by partnering with local fishing communities to take charge of the waters they fish, above and beyond the traditional top down management.

For centuries we believed the world’s oceans held a bountiful and endless supply of seafood. Many early fisheries management laws in the U.S. focused on growing the fishing industry. After great growth of the American fishing fleet through the late 70’s to the early 90’s, scientists presented compelling evidence that we were over-fishing many fish stocks to the point that recovery was not certain.

On restoring the Oceans

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Science

Tides Canada is the country’s largest public foundation dedicated to social justice and the environment. It also houses 40 projects ranging from neighbourhood-scale social initiatives to national conservation efforts on its shared administrative platform.

We care about our Salish Sea

This is where we are. This is what we know. These are our interests. This is who are interested. These are our threats. These are our opportunities. These are some possibilities. These are some ideas for creating community and some opportunities for creative community enterprise around our common human interest in creating a future for our common natural resources.

No – The Movie

Where we are.
What we know
What we care about
Who could be interested
Where we are at risk
What we could do
What could contribute
Who could be interested

We Love This Coast

Burnaby Pipeline Watch

Show Kinder Morgan Your Fish

Beyond Fossil Fuels