The Province of British Columbia is pleased to support IMPAC5 and celebrate the richness of BC’s ocean and coasts on the global stage. With approximately 36,000 km of shoreline, 6,500 islands and over 450,000 km2 of internal and offshore marine waters, Pacific Canada is one of the most diverse and productive marine environments in the world. Recognizing the value of these areas to British Columbians and visitors alike, the Province has been a leader in establishing marine protected areas across our coast for over 100 years.
The Province of British Columbia has recently committed to develop a new coastal marine strategy – in cooperation with the federal government, Indigenous peoples, and coastal communities – to provide a blueprint for future stewardship, economic resilience and management of our coastal waters. This work will complement BC’s existing commitments to collaboratively develop a network of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) on the North Pacific Coast and implement integrated marine plans as part of the Marine Plan Partnership (MaPP).