Marine Action Strategy

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The District of Squamish is developing a Marine Action Strategy to take action and guide decision making on local waterfront/marine issues and opportunities.

The purpose of the Marine Action Strategy is to mobilize shared leadership to protect and maximize the waterfront and marine resource as an important community asset for its ecological values and services and social and economic benefits. The Strategy will identify and prioritize key actions for resourcing (Immediate; Medium Term 2-3 years; Long Term 5 years).

MASt Goals

  • Engage regulation and enforcement agencies, First Nations, marine stakeholders &  stewards and broader community on marine issues and opportunities;
  • Collaborate to promote and support coordination of efforts of all interests and jurisdictions on the water;
  • Identify and scope priority marine actions to steward and maximize waterfront and marine resource as a vital community asset for its ecological values and services and social and economic benefits;
  • Jointly explore with Squamish Nation the potential for provincial Crown lease in the Mamquam Blind Channel and Howe Sound areas for increased jurisdiction;
  • Align municipal policy, regulations and initiatives to support community marine objectives.

Background.

In early 2011, the District began to actively explore and conduct research to support development of a Marine Strategy aimed at establishing a leadership role to proactively address local marine issues (unauthorized mooring, derelict vessels and ship source pollution) and maximize broader opportunities for waterfront revitalization and stewardship (increased tourism, recreation access, waterfront activation and sensitive redevelopment).

Phase 1  - Marine Fact Finding
involved looking at and understanding marine jurisdiction and regulations, strategies, approaches and precedents in other coastal BC communities, and conducting interviews and engaging with local, provincial and federal agencies as a starting point to inform and guide how best to approach a Marine Strategy for Squamish.

Phase 2  - Engagement & Marine Strategy Development
will engage the broader community, First Nations and key stakeholders to solicit feedback to affirm community marine objectives, and identify priority actions, resourcing, and promote coordination of efforts and collaboration of all interests and jurisdictions on the water/upland areas. High-level marine objectives and policy directions will first be affirmed through the OCP update and engagement process getting underway in 2016. Following plan drafting, the District will initiate and engage with the community in marine action planning, prioritizing and resourcing.

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Marine Contact

Sarah McJannet, Planner 604 815-5096
Email: marine@squamish.ca