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Harvester Input Needed: Connected Coast Project

The Connected Coast Project is set to bring internet services to rural and remote areas in coastal BC using subsea fibre optic cable.

But harvester input is needed to ensure the cable doesn't interfere with harvesting activity. The proposed route of the cable intercepts with prawn fishing grounds, and once laid the cable must be avoided. 

The Engagement and Permitting Lead for Connected Coast have advised that the routing of the cable can be altered to lessen impacts to stakeholders. 

This is a critical opportunity for harvesters to provide input on this project and harvesters are strongly encouraged to review the path of the cable and engage in this process. 

The sections to be submitted for permitting in the coming months are Campbell River to Port Hardy and around Broughton, Port Hardy to Addenbrooke and Port Hardy to Gold River.

To view the cable route, use the following instructions:

  1. Access the KMZ file by clicking here.
  2. Download the KMZ file to your device.
  3. Open and launch ‘Google Earth’
  4. Import the KMZ file to Google Earth (in my version I was able to do this under ‘Projects’, ‘New Project’, ‘Import KML file from Computer’).
  5. Once the file is loaded, click to open it, then navigate on the Google Earth Map to the BC Coast.  You should see a series of coloured lines depicting the cable routes which you can zoom in on to view in detail.

Once harvesters have had a chance to review this information a meeting will be coordinated with Connected Coast. Interactive one-on-one options for providing feedback and input on the cable routing may also be available.

If you need assistance with this process or have any questions, please reach out to UFAWU-Unifor Business Agent Emily Orr at bagent@ufawu.org or UFAWU-Unifor Communications Organizer Liam Hill-Allan at info@ufawu.org

Lisa Romero, in charge of engagement and permitting for Connected Coast, can also be reached at lromero@connectedcoast.ca.

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