Marine Action Strategy

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October 30, 2017

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 (MASt) 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 in the immediate term (1-2 years), medium term (3-4 years) and long term (beyond 5 years).

MASt Process 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 focus areas and priority marine actions to steward and maximize waterfront and marine resource as a vital community asset;
  • 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 2013, 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
This phase involved researching 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

Starting in fall 2017, the District is now moving forward with development of the Marine Action Strategy to:

  • Mobilize shared leadership respecting our local marine environment; and

  • Identify and prioritize key actions to protect and maximize the waterfront and marine resource as an important community asset providing ecological services and social, cultural and economic benefits. 


MASt will affirm a shared vision and establish key marine focus areas, specific objectives and prioritized actions, along with an implementable action plan. The process will identify resourcing and promote coordination of efforts and collaboration of all interests and jurisdictions on the water and upland areas.

Phase 2 Strategy Development Process

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MASt will be developed through an in‐depth community engagement process (see summary chart below) to provide information and seek input on the strategy through: 


  • Liaison and interviews with Skwxwú7mesh First Nation
  • Meetings and periodic updates with an internal multi‐departmental Marine Working Group
  • Key informant interviews with marine subject matter experts and knowledge holders
  • Focus Sessions with key marine stakeholders including regulators at key stages of the process
  • Community Marine Forum to obtain broader community input
  • Online public feedback survey
  • Periodic Council meeting updates and recommendations 


Marine Strategy Engagement Process Chart

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Links

Marine Contact

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