Oceana Canada partners with researchers, non-governmental organizations, the federal government, Indigenous Peoples, and the fishing industry to study sensitive marine habitats and advocate for their protection. This is essential for the future of our planet: it supports healthy, productive ecosystems, and the recovery of depleted fish populations that coastal communities depend on.
Central Coast of British Columbia Campaign Summary
In 2018, Oceana Canada and Fisheries and Oceans Canada, alongside CCIRA, the Heiltsuk First Nation, and the Kitasoo/Xai’xais First Nation, embarked on a journey into Kynoch Inlet, Seaforth Channel, and Fitz Hugh Sound. Diving to depths below 200 meters with a submersible robot, the scientific team studied fjord habitats that are home to complex rocky reefs with a high diversity of rockfish, corals, sponges, and basket stars. These are unique ecosystems where marine life flourishes, yet research in these areas is extremely limited. By studying these areas, the expedition collected essential data to make a case for the conservation of these critically important habitats.
Make a series of films about the expedition while highlighting the prominent role played by First Nations and the collaborative nature of this expedition.
Evermaven traversed the BC coastline, visited with First Nations, and spent time at sea to capture the raw and candid moments on film that tell a tale of collaboration and scientific exploration. The film series highlighted the research conducted, the diversity that exists at ocean depths, and led audiences to a call to action.