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West Coast Environmental Law joined 200 environmental groups from across Canada in sending an open letter urging Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to halt and reverse nature loss by 2030, support Indigenous-led conservation, restore ecosystems and advance environmental justice.

Author: Multiple Authors
Publication Date: November 2021
Pages: 15
Shipping in MPAs report covers

Canada's existing marine protections do not adequately consider or mitigate the impacts of shipping, leaving marine life to contend with a number of stressors, including underwater noise, ship strikes, and vessel discharges, even in areas designated as protected. 

Author: West Coast Environmental Law, WWF Canada, East Coast Environmental Law
Publication Date: February 2021
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While the COVID-19 pandemic has been a once-in-a-century global tragedy, one of its unforeseen impacts was a welcome reprieve for marine and coastal ecosystems from the massive amount of cruise ship pollution that is discharged off the Pacific Coast of Canada each year.

Author: West Coast Environmental Law, Stand.earth
Publication Date: February 2021
Pages: 35

This document provides advice from SeaBlue Canada, a coalition of environmental non-government organizations with extensive experience in marine protected area (MPA) establishment and management.

Author: SeaBlue Canada - Joint submission
Publication Date: December 2020
Pages: 25
Ocean Law Guide - Cover Image (aerial of ocean wildlife/herring spawn)

Are you concerned about the health of your local shoreline, and wondering what your government(s) can do to help? Curious about the complex web of laws, policies and regulations governing the BC coast and ocean?

Author: Stephanie Hewson, Linda Nowlan, Georgia Lloyd-Smith, Deborah Carlson & Michael Bissonnette
Publication Date: December 2020
Pages: 324
Caring for our Coast brief

British Columbia’s iconic coast extends for tens of thousands of kilometres and is relied upon by millions of people. It is one of the largest coastal jurisdictions in the world.

Author: Georgia Lloyd-Smith, Deborah Carlson, Michael Bissonnette
Publication Date: January 2020
Pages: 8
WCEL + CFN Analysis: Co-Governance in MPAs

In the wake of BC’s historic decision to enshrine the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) into law, Coastal First Nations-Great Bear Initiative and West Coast Environmental Law teamed up to explore future possib

Author: Coastal First Nations, West Coast Environmental Law
Publication Date: November 2019
Pages: 92

BC exercises considerable jurisdiction in the marine and coastal realm, and works closely with other levels of government who share this jurisdiction – including Indigenous, federal and local governments.

Author: Linda Nowlan, Stephanie Hewson
Publication Date: November 2019
Pages: 4
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In 2015, Ministerial mandate letters charged three federal Ministers with responsibility for reforms on fisheries, protected areas, shipping, and wildlife protection.

Author: Stephanie Hewson, Staff Lawyer
Publication Date: August 2019
Pages: 16
SeaBlue NMCA Submission

In summer 2019, Parks Canada requested feedback on proposed revisions to policy and regulations related to National Marine Conservation Areas (NMCAs). This submission outlines key recommendations from SeaBlue Canada to strengthen these policies to better protect biodiversity and effectively manag

Author: SeaBlue Canada
Publication Date: July 2019
Pages: 3

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