Partners

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Partnerships are a key factor in the work of West Coast Aquatic. We created the Tsawalk Partnership as a way of recognizing that it takes many organizations and individuals working together in a variety of ways to achieve a common purpose. Below is a partial list of West Coast Aquatic collaborators.

Academic

Business

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Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre

WCA and the BMSC co-hosted the Barkley Sound Knowledge Symposium. This unique event brought together over 70 scientists, resource users and recreationalists to contribute their knowledge and create a clear picture of the health and use of Barkley Sound.

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Haahuupayak School

West Coast Aquatic and UU-a-thluk collaborated to fund a three day trip, for 30 children and 2 teachers, to the Bamfield Marine Sciences Center.

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Natural Capital Project

WCA has partnered with the Natural Capital Project at Stanford University to use their Marine InVEST tool to help inform marine planning in the WCVI region. InVEST (Integrated Valuation of Ecosystem Services and Trade-offs) is being used as a decision support tool to help disclose the true costs and benefits of marine planning options.

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North Island College

NIC contributes to our current discussions and projects for education and research on the West Coast. Our two organizations were also involved in coordinating the Science World event.

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Royal Roads University

Royal Roads University and West Coast Aquatic have partnered in the development of proposals for marine habitat mapping and community monitoring.

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University of British Columbia

West Coast Aquatic partnered with UBC’s Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability to support research and modeling of ecosystems, human interventions and benefits.

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University of Victoria

WCA has a long-standing partnership with the UVic’s Department of Geography which has held field classes in the region and worked with WCA and local communities on priority projects related to coastal planning.

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Vancouver Island University

Fourteen West Coast Aquatic/Nuu-chah-nulth First Nation staff were partnered through an Essential Skills Training program through Vancouver Island University and the Innovates Program.

First Nations

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Dennis Jonsson Motor Products

West Coast Aquatic partnered with Dennis Jonsson Motor Products to bring the award winning children’s entertainers ‘The Kerplunks’, to the 2010 Port Alberni Salmon Festival.

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Majestic Ocean Kayaking

WCA and Majestic collaborated to provide healthy habitats through beach cleanups.

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Microsoft

Microsoft provides West Coast Aquatic with in kind donations of office software to help our organization function efficiently.

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Rendezvous Dive Adventure

Rendezvous Dive Adventure participates in many stewardship programs in the marine environment. RDA has also supplied WCA with cool pictures and videos.

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Ditidaht First Nation

West Coast Aquatic partnered with the Ditidaht First Nation through the Na-a-qu-us Project, an initiative targeted at advancing coastal planning and fisheries goals on the West Coast.

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Ehattesaht First Nation

West Coast Aquatic partnered with the Ehattesaht First Nation through the Na-a-qu-us Project, an initiative targeted at advancing coastal planning and fisheries goals on the West Coast.

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Ha-Shilth-Sa

Ha-Shilth-Sa is a Nuu-chah-nulth phrase meaning “Interesting News.” It is Canada’s Oldest First Nations Newspaper, first publishing on Jan. 24, 1974.  Ha-Shilth-Sa provided WCA with images for our website.

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Hesquiaht First Nation

West Coast Aquatic partnered with Hesquiaht First Nation through the Tsawalk Partnership to advance mutual coastal planning goals within Clayoquot Sound.

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Hupacasath First Nation

West Coast Aquatic partnered with Hupacasath First Nation through the Tsawalk Partnership to advance mutual coastal planning goals within Barkley Sound.

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Huu-ay-aht First Nation

West Coast Aquatic partnered with Huu-ay-aht First Nation through the Tsawalk Partnership to advance mutual coastal planning goals within Barkley Sound.

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Kyuqout/Checklesaht First Nation

West Coast Aquatic partnered with the Kyuqout/Checklesaht First Nation through the Na-a-qu-us Project, an initiative targeted at advancing coastal planning and fisheries goals on the West Coast.

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Mowachaht/ Muchalaht First Nation

West Coast Aquatic partnered with the Mowachaht/Muchalaht First Nation through the Na-a-qu-us Project, an initiative targeted at advancing coastal planning and fisheries goals on the West Coast.

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Nuchatlaht First Nation

West Coast Aquatic partnered with the Nuchatlaht First Nation through the Na-a-qu-us Project, an initiative targeted at advancing coastal planning and fisheries goals on the West Coast.

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Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation

West Coast Aquatic partnered with Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation through the Tsawalk Partnership to advance mutual coastal planning goals within Clayoquot Sound.

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Toquaht First Nation

West Coast Aquatic partnered with Toquaht First Nation through the Tsawalk Partnership to advance mutual coastal planning goals within Barkley Sound.

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Tseshaht First Nation

West Coast Aquatic partnered with Tseshaht First Nation through the Tsawalk Partnership to advance mutual coastal planning goals within Barkley Sound.

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Uchucklesaht First Nation

West Coast Aquatic partnered with Uchucklesaht First Nation through the Tsawalk Partnership to advance mutual coastal planning goals within Barkley Sound

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Ucluelet First Nation

West Coast Aquatic partnered with Ucluelet First Nation through the Tsawalk Partnership to advance mutual coastal planning goals within Barkley Sound.

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Ahousaht First Nation

West Coast Aquatic partnered with Ahousaht First Nation through the Tsawalk Partnership to advance mutual coastal planning goals within Clayoquot Sound.

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Uu-a-thluk

WCA and Uu-a-thluk partnered to create the Na-a-qu-us Project, a $3.4 million investment in costal planning and capacity building efforts for West Coast communities.  Uu-a-thluk is also contributing by providing technical support and participation in the West Coast Aquatic Management Board and initiatives such as the Wild Salmon Strategy.

Government

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Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District

The ACRD has contributed financial and technical support to WCA and the Tsawalk Partnership. Through coastal planning and development of decision making tools, this partnership is working to help grow the local economy, restore and protect the environment, enhance recreational opportunities, and develop capacity and community partnerships.

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BC Ministry of the Environment

The BC Ministry of Environment participates on the West Coast Aquatic Management Board and contributes to its core operations.

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City of Port Alberni

The City of Port Alberni provides core support to West Coast Aquatic to facilitate the development of integrated coastal plans on the West Coast of Vancouver Island.

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Department of Fisheries and Oceans

DFO participates on the WCA Management Board and contributes to its core operations.  DFO representatives on the WCA Management Board co-hosted the 2009 Intergreated Barkely Sound Planning Forum and contributed to annual community dialogue sessions WCA hosts. They also partnered with WCA in the development of a Barkley Sound wild salmon strategy.

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District of Tofino

The District of Tofino provides core support to West Coast Aquatic to facilitate the development of integrated coastal plans on the West Coast of Vancouver Island.   West Coast Aquatic and the District of Tofino have also partnered in hosting local sessions on coastal erosion issues within Clayoquot Sound.

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District of Ucluelet

The District of Ucluelet provides core support to West Coast Aquatic to facilitate the development of integrated coastal plans on the West Coast of Vancouver Island.

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Ministry of Natural Resource Operations

The Integrated Land Management Bureau (ILMB) participates on the West Coast Aquatic Management Board and contributes to its core operations.

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Pacific North Coast Integrated Management Area

The PNCIMA initiative is an integrated marine planning process for the North and Central Coast of BC. West Coast Aquatic maintains regular communications and conducts knowledge exchanges with the PNCIMA initiative.

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Parks Canada

WCA and Parks Canada co-hosted the 2009 Integrated Barkley Sound Planning Forum to discuss issues and priorities related to salmon production and management, habitat and species protection, ecosystem science, coastal planning and governance.  PC and WCA work closely through ecological monitoring and indicators associated with WCA’s coastal planning initiative.

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Port Alberni Port Authority

West Coast Aquatic partnered with the Harbour Authority to bring the award winning children’s entertainers ‘The Kerplunks’, to the 2010 Port Alberni Salmon Festival.  Singing about the local area with songs such as ‘eelgrass’ and ‘swim like a salmon’ this fun and family oriented event supported greater knowledge and pride in our region.

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Strathcona Regional District

The Strathcone Regional District has participated on the West Coast Aquatic Management Board and contributed to its core operations.

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Western Economic Diversification

Through the Federal Government’s Community Adjustment Fund, Western Economic Diversification contributed $1.25 million to West Coast Aquatic and Uu-a-thluk to advance coastal planning and fisheries oriented work on the West Coast. This partnership has helped create over twenty full and part-time jobs.

Non-Government Organizations (NGOs)

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Alberni Valley Enhancement Association

The Alberni Valley Enhancement Society works with West Coast Aquatic on an ongoing basis, currently with salmon the production working group.

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BC First Nations Technology Council

WCA and the BC First Nations Technology Council partnered to provide six Nuu-chah-nulth/West Coast Aquatic First Nation staff with geographic information systems (GIS) training.

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BC Marine Conservation Analysis

West Coast Aquatic participated as an observer in the BC Marine Conservation Analysis process. This program is analysing areas of high conservation and human use values on the BC Coast. WCA will be collaborating with the BCMCA to see how the results may be applied on the west coast through coastal planning.

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Canada World Youth

West Coast Aquatic partnered with the Canada World Youth to implement a shoreline cleanup as well as hosted a dinner fundraiser.

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Clayoquot Biosphere Trust

WCA and the CBT are currently partnered to advance an education/research initiative on the West Coast, and a community-based ecosystem monitoring project.  The CBT is also working with WCA on marine mapping and a regional information system about communities, ecosystems and their uses in Clayoquot Sound.

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Ducks Unlimited

Ducks Unlimited worked with West Coast Aquatic on the Somass Estuary Management Plan.

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EcoTrust Canada

WCA and EcoTrust Canada have partnered in marine planning in Clayoquot Sound with a specific focus on conducting a socio-economic overview and analysis.   EcoTrust has made an important and valuable contribution of personnel, office space, and support.  WCA is also collaborating with EcoTrust on a climate change impacts project in Clayoquot Sound.

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Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

The GBM Foundation has partnered with WCA in the development of integrated coastal plans for the WCVI region.  In addition, the GBMF is also supporting WCA in building further Board capacity, facilitating communications mechanisms, technical tools, and governance to engage communities, stakeholders and others in the region.

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Somass Estuary Management Group

The Somass Estuary Management Group  works with West Coast Aquatic on an ongoing basis, currently  with the salmon production working group.

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Tofino-Long Beach Chamber of Commerce

West Coast Aquatic and the Tofino-Long Beach Chamber of Commerce have partnered to advance knowledge, skills, confidence and technology on the West Coast.

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Ucluelet Aquarium

WCA collaborated with the Ucluelet Aqarium to organize and implement a beach cleanup event.

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World Wildlife Fund

A team lead by the World Wildlife Fund has contributed a cumulative impacts analysis to West Coast Aquatic. This study is supporting WCA in completing an ecosystem assessment of the West Coast of Vancouver Island.

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Vancouver Aquarium

West Coast Aquatic partnered with the Vancouver Aquarium to bring their science program to the West Coast.

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.