BC Marine lead Jenn Burt has spent countless hours underwater conducting research in the Great Bear Sea.
Counting Urchins BC Marine lead Jenn Burt has spent countless hours underwater conducting research in the Great Bear Sea. © Nature United

Conserving at Scale

Building Healthy Oceans

Our bold, collaborative approach will deliver lasting results for people and nature along BC's coast.

When the historic Great Bear Rainforest Agreement was established in 2008, it set the stage for our work to reimagine conservation. We knew then that our work in this vibrant ecosystem was only just beginning. Today, we’re building on our legacy of conservation in coastal British Columbia by advancing strategies for a healthy ocean.

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Today, more people rely on our oceans for food, energy, transport, recreation and other natural resources than any other time in history. These increasing demands, coupled with a changing climate, are impacting ocean health by altering vital habitat, depleting fish stocks and polluting seas. 

Without action, the health of BC’s unique and critical ecosystems are at risk.

  • Cornerstone species like herring and chinook salmon are in decline.
  • Rising boat traffic, expanding ocean industries, and growing coastal developments have placed stress on ocean resources.
  • Ocean temperatures are warming and marine heat waves are impacting ecosystems.
  • Marine food webs — which affect the health of ecosystems on both land and sea — are changing.

Infographics

  • An infographic describing Nature United's marine program

    Bold Action for Healthy Oceans

    A visual overview of Nature United's marine program

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  • An innovative collaboration between 17 First Nations and the Province of BC for ocean protection.

    Celebrate Coastal Collaboration

    An overview of the Marine Plan Partnership

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Our Role

Nature United is tackling these challenges with a bold, collaborative approach to ocean management that delivers lasting results for people, nature and economies. Together with partners, we focus on:

  • A tidepool near Klemtu, British Columbia in the Great Bear Rainforest.

    Protecting Biodiversity

    Supporting Canada’s first Marine Protected Area Network that aims to protect critical marine species and habitats and provide cultural, economic, and social benefits.

  • MaPP plans include strategies to expand shellfish aquaculture.

    Sustainable Local Fisheries

    Helping build community-driven fisheries and business plans that will create new jobs, build local harvest capacity, maintain sustainable seafood supplies and strengthen coastal stewardship.