From alpine to ocean, through community-based management, planning and stewardship, we promote the conservation and sustainable use of aquatic resources on the West Coast of Vancouver Island.

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Coastal Strategy

A long term vision by over 700 authors


Habitat restoration, species enhancement, protection, and education

Alberni Aquarium & Stewardship Centre

Creating connections to conservation

Collaborative Management

Multi-sector, consensus-based
decision making

Marine Ecosystem Reference Guide

Integrated knowledge supporting
ecosystem-based management


Join us in contributing to vibrant communities, prosperous economies, and sustainable aquatic resources on the West Coast of Vancouver Island.


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West Coast Webcams

Port Alberni and Tofino by the second. West Coast Aquatic's webcams have been live since 2012!

Topical Issues

Southern Resident Killer Whales

DFO is undergoing consultations on critical habitat for SRKW. For information and a copy of the Oct. 2018 Community Engagement Sessions, click here.


Marine Protected Areas

DFO has established an Advisory Committee as part of the process to establish an offshore pacific Marine Protected Area off the West Coast of Vancouver Island. Information on the process can be found here.

West Coast Aquatic seeks to produce innovative solutions to coastal concerns, and strengthen the understanding and relationships between parties that share a common interest in the health and wealth of aquatic resources, businesses, and communities. West Coast Aquatic is comprised of: a collaborative governance board that brings together governments, key sectors and communities to develop consensus-based outcomes for marine resources on the West Coast of Vancouver Island; a management association that provides technical and administrative support to the activities of the governance board; and a charitable organization that administers stewardship activities.