Stewardship Association

We. Sea. Future.


WE - communities, businesses, governments and researchers working together through good governance.

SEA - a healthy aquatic ecosystem with prosperous and sustainable uses and activities.

FUTURE - leadership in sustainable development through integrated knowledge & planning, innovation & technology, strong values & culture, efficient regulation & compliance, and effective partnerships and projects.


This is the vision of West Coast Aquatic, as articulated by over 700 individuals and organizations during the development of the Coastal Strategy for the West Coast of Vancouver Island.

The Stewardship Association Board oversees the stewardship activities of West Coast Aquatic. The Board provides strategic direction to Association staff in carrying out its mission via stewardship projects and initiatives.

Towards this end, our non-profit work strives to ensure that we:

o   Promote the conservation and protection of the aquatic resources of the WCVI by working cooperatively with governments, coastal communities and other stakeholders to protect and restore habitat, and to develop, implement and monitor processes for the sustainable management of aquatic resources for the benefit of all Canadians and in particular coastal communities

o   Promote public education in the conservation and protection of the aquatic resources of the WCVI by undertaking or funding research, stewardship programs and other projects and by providing training for community members in sustainable aquatic resource management resources for the benefit of all Canadians and in particular coastal communities

o   Providing a forum for community and stakeholder participation in the conservation, protection and sustainable management of the aquatic resources of the WCVI with information sharing, discussion and recommendations to governmental bodies

—Key purposes, from Constitution

West Coast Aquatic Stewardship Association's key initiatives include the Alberni Aquarium & Stewardship Centre, and habitat restoration and protection projects reaching approximately $1M a year, including cash and in-kind donations.

WASA is a Canadian Registered Charity.

Board Members

Odd Grydeland 2008 Past President
Pat Deakin 2011 President
Bob Cole                                   Bev Denning                           Ken Watson                     Dominic Racicot


2014             2016             2016               2016


Vice-President Secretary
Alberni Aquarium & Stewardship Centre, Harbour Quay, Port Alberni

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.