Marine Planning

Lessons from the Simushir” Workshop

In October 2014, the Russian cargo vessel Simushir lost power and nearly ran aground on the west coast of Haida Gwaii. This incident raised questions about the current marine response system, and the capacity of the Haida Nation, Canada, industry and communities to respond quickly and effectively. To address these issues the Nation hosted a workshop at the Haida Heritage Centre at Kay Llnagaay on May 12 and 13, 2015 that focused on “lessons learned” from the incident.

The workshop brought together experts in marine emergency response, Haida, coastal First Nations representatives, and other Island residents to learn from one another and to address topics such as decision-making protocols during an incident, internal and external communication policies, marine response capacity, and the future development of Geographic Response Plans.

Workshop participants made a number of recommendations to improve the current accident prevention and emergency response system in the north coast region, including Haida Gwaii.

Download Workshop Summary

Find out more about the "Lessons from the Simushir" Workshop
Watch Keynote #1: Simushir Incident Commanders Experience and Perspectives
Watch Keynote #2: Accident Prevention
Watch Keynote #3: Emergency Preparedness and Response
Watch the Debate on Active Community Engagement

MaPP – Geographic Response Plan Workshop

On June 17th - 18th, 2014, the Haida Oceans Technical Team and the Marine Planning Partnership (MaPP) hosted a two-day workshop focused on Geographic Response Plans for Haida Gwaii. Workshop participants included representatives from CHN, Coastal First Nations, Parks Canada, BC Parks, BC Ministry for Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, BC Ministry of Environment and local government. The purpose of the workshop was for participants to share their knowledge and discuss:

  • • Current level of shipping and vessel traffic and their routes
  • • Risks posed by current levels of shipping and vessel traffic

  • • Existing response capacities in the event of marine pollution events

  • • Institutional challenges to increasing response capacity through a coast-wide Geographic Response Plan

The workshop included presentations by emergency response specialist Stafford Reid (EnviroEmerg Consulting) and Graham Knox (BC Ministry of Environment). A key objective in the Haida Gwaii Marine Plan is to prevent accidents and marine spills, and to ensure sufficient response capacity to respond to marine emergencies. The June workshop began this process by initiating discussion amongst key people and organizations regarding development of a Geographic Response Plan for Haida Gwaii.

Download the meeting summary

Download Stafford Reid’s presentation on LNG carriers

Download Stafford Reid’s presentation on GRP processes and products

Download Stafford Reid’s presentation on vessel traffic, casualty risk and consequences, response challenges and solutions

Download Graham Knox’s presentation on BC land-based spill preparedness and response

Download the MaPP report Major Marine Vessel Casualty Prevention, Preparedness and Response along British Columbia’s Coastal Waters: The Issues and Solutions

MaPP – Haida Gwaii Open House and Public Meetings

During development of the Haida Gwaii Marine Plan the Haida Oceans Technical Team visited the communities of Sandspit, Old Massett, Skidegate and Port Clements on Haida Gwaii to discuss and hear feedback related to the draft Haida Gwaii Marine Plan. Input included suggestions regarding locally-accessible recreational fishing, marine-based alternative energy options, local infrastructure needs, aquaculture zoning, opportunities for youth, Haida/Haida Gwaii values and monitoring and enforcement. All feedback was considered in the final Haida Gwaii Marine Plan.

Download Summary of Public Meeting – Sandspit April 14th 2014

Download Summary of Public Meeting – Old Massett April 15th 2014

Download Summary of Public Meeting – Skidegate April 16th 2014

Download Summary of Public Meeting – Port Clements April 17th 2014

Learn more about Future Scenario Analysis
Future scenario analysis” is a tool used by planners and decision makers that looks at current trends as a way of understanding the range of factors that are likely to shape the future. It allows participants involved in the planning process to gain a better understanding of different preferences, perspectives, biases and limitations of the process.

Multiple scenarios and resulting analysis provide a range of plausible futures. The scenarios are not meant to express desired outcomes, but rather are used to describe the likely drivers, pressures, tradeoffs, risks, and opportunities involved in pursuing them. While the workshop approach does not include in-depth analysis of each scenario, it reveals gaps or uncertainties that could be understood through additional studies or research.

Each scenario is a path that could be followed. As with any journey, there are choices along the way, over which decision makers have some level of control or influence.

MaPP – Future Scenarios Workshop
On July 17–18, 2012, the Haida Oceans Technical Team and the Marine Planning Partnership (MaPP) hosted a two-day workshop focused on marine future scenario analysis in Haida Gwaii. The purpose of the workshop was to explore:

  • • Current and future trends, challenges, and
      opportunities; and
  • • Future scenarios including scoping and identification of   key drivers, tradeoffs, uncertainties and risks.

The workshop involved sharing knowledge about climate change, island demographics/economic development, fisheries, recreational fisheries, renewable energy, tourism, and transportation. Four future scenarios were considered and, based on the results of the workshop, a “preferred scenario” was crafted and vetted by Haida and provincial decision makers. This scenario is included in the final Haida Gwaii Marine Plan, and can also be downloaded separately below.

Comments and feedback on the preferred scenario
are welcome.

Download the workshop report

Download the Preferred Scenarios Document

Sea Changes: Working Together on Haida Gwaii
This four-page brochure was produced jointly by Council of the Haida Nation, Province of British Columbia and Parks Canada (Gwaii Haanas).
It summarizes the history of marine planning and the reasons why marine planning is so important on Haida Gwaii. An overview of four marine planning processes that are taking place on Haida Gwaii is also provided
— the Haida Gwaii Marine Use Plan (CHN and BC under the Marine Planning Partnership – MaPP); Gwaii Haanas Integrated Land-Sea-People Management Plan (CHN and Government of Canada (Parks Canada/Fisheries and Oceans Canada)); SGaan Kinghlas – Bowie Seamount MPA Management Plan (CHN and Fisheries and Oceans Canada); and the Pacific North Coast Integrated Management Area (PNCIMA) Plan (First Nations (including CHN), Government of Canada,
and Province of British Columbia).
Download Sea Changes Brochure

Gaaysiigang — An Ocean Forum for Haida Gwaii
On January 23 and 24, 2009, about 300 people came together
to discuss the future of the oceans. The forum was held at the
Haida Heritage Centre at Kay Llnagaay.

The proceedings are the result of two days of dialogue, debate
and learning. This publication documents the concerns of islanders
and reflects a desire to work together to improve the health of the
oceans and communities.
Download Gaaysiigang proceedings

Ocean & Way of Life Map and Brochure
The large format poster includes over 500 Haida names for ocean
and freshwater bodies, settlements and supernaturals. The brochure complements the map and is a brief summary of the Haida Marine
Traditional Knowledge Study
Download Map
Download Brochure

Haida Marine Traditional Knowledge Study
The Haida Marine Traditional Knowledge Study was launched in 2007 to research and document Haida culture, traditions and knowledge about the ocean. Fifty-six Haida shared their knowledge of food, fishing and gathering areas, seasonal harvest patterns, sites of cultural and historical importance, and observations
about species abundance and population trends. More than 4,000 locations and 150 marine species were recorded,
with oral accounts and first-hand observations dating back to the 1920s.
Download Volume 1: Methods and Results Summary
Download Volume 2: Seascape Unit Summary
Download Volume 3: Focal Species Summary

Haida Gwaii Marine Market Sector Analysis
This report, prepared by Gardner Pinfold Consulting Economists Ltd, estimates the social and economic
value of six marine sectors on Haida Gwaii: commercial fisheries; recreational fisheries; seafood processing;
marine tourism; shipping and transportation; and research, monitoring and enforcement.
Download the Haida Gwaii Market Sector Ananlysis