The Coastal First Nations is signing onto an agreement to improve the protection of the Pacific coast.
The Pacific North Coast Integrated Management Area agreement between the CFN, North Coast-Skeena First Nations Stewardship Society, as well as the federal and provincial governments, is aimed to keep the ocean’s ecosystem healthy and allow the coastal communities to grow economically.
The area covers from northern Vancouver Island up to the Alaska border and includes Haida Gwaii.
Coastal First Nations Board Chair Patrick Kelly says it will keep the ocean and communities on the coast healthier.
There’s some opposition from the fishing industry saying that bans on fishing in areas will cost valuable jobs for a lot of workers.
Although, Kelly says the plan is aiming to work with the industry, making it more sustainable to fish.
Kelly says the goals and objectives from the plan will be put in place as soon as possible.
A link to the agreement can be found here.