Governance Board


The West Coast Aquatic Governance Board (previously known as the Regional Aquatic Management Board) was formed in 2001 through a Terms of Reference developed by First Nations, governments, and stakeholders. Comprised of representatives from the federal, provincial and regional governments, Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations, commercial harvest, aboriginal harvest, sport/recreational harvest, aquaculture, environment, labour, processing, tourism/recreation, marine transportation and forestry, the Board provides a forum for coastal communities and other bodies to work more closely with governments to implement an ecosystem approach to aquatic resource management. Engaged, thoughtful dialogue and consensus recommendations of the Board support policymaking and define strategic priorities for our projects, partnerships and research.

Next Governance Board Meeting :

10 am – 3 pm, Nov. 2, 2017
"The Thunderbird" - Uchucklesaht Building.                                 5251 Argyle St. Port Alberni

Current Issues

Issues that the Board is currently discussing include the proposed WCVI Offshore Marine Protected Area, Pacific Salmon Treaty, supporting ecosystem based decision-making, and fisheries management related to southern resident killer whales.

Board meeting summaries can be accessed here.

Our Work

Board Members




Member Since


Parks Canada Renee Wissink 2011  Jennifer Yakimishyn
Ministry of Forests, Lands and
Natural Resource Operations
Charlie Short 2011 Bill Zinovitch
Agriculture Science and Policy Division
(Marine Fisheries and Seafood Policy)
Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District Josie Osborne 2019 Kel Roberts
Ahousaht Kiista (Keith) Atleo 2015
Ditidaht Carl Edgar  2015
Hesquiaht Stephanie Charleson 2016  
Hupacasath Steve Tatoosh 2015 Graham Murrell
Maa-nulth David Johnsen 2016  
Nuchatlaht TBA 2015
Tla-o-qui-aht Saya Masso 2016  Andrew Jackson
Tseshaht Luke George 2015  Richard Watts

Observer Status

DFO Laura Brown 2016 Wilf Luedke
Environment Canada Andrea Wenham 2015  



Member Since


Commercial Harvesting Dan Edwards 2016 Doug Kimoto
Processing Christina Burridge 2006 Chris Cue
Recreational Harvesting Marilyn Scanlan 2006 Bob Cole
Aboriginal Harvesting Larry Johnson 2006  
Aquaculture Odd Grydeland 2002 Carol Schmitt
Environment Sabine Jessen 2006 Ariane Batic
Tourism Bill Collette 2016
Labour Jim McIsaac 2012 Richard Webb
Marine Transportation Dave McCormick 2014 Recruiting
Forestry TBA   TBA


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.