NSB MPAn October Meetings, Connected Coast Update & More

Oct 7, 2022

NSB MPAn Holds October Meetings

The Northern Shelf Bioregion Marine Protected Area Network (NSB MPAn) proposal consultation process is currently open for public engagement.

Over the month of October 2022, a series of in-person events will take place this month in Campbell River, Masset, Daajing Giids, Prince Rupert, and Kitimat.

The meetings are scheduled as follows:

In the UFAWU-Unifor September bulletin, Business Agent Emily Orr outlined a number of concerns relating to the proposal.

These concerns are as follows:

  • There are no management measures offered for review alongside the current iteration of the proposed NSB MPAn
  • RCAs have now been included into the NSB MPAn spatial plan
  • The MPATT-affirmed timeline is to have a completed Action Plan by early 2023
  • Public engagement began in September

Click here for the full bulletin outlining these concerns.

UFAWU-Unifor encourages both harvesters and the general public to participate and engage in this consultation process.

Even if you’ve already engaged in consultation as a Stakeholder, you are the public and encouraged to engage.

For more details on meetings and the NSB MPAn proposal consultation process, go to mpanetwork.ca.

UFAWU-Unifor 2023 Calendar

UFAWU-Unifor is producing a Union calendar for the upcoming 2023 year. The calendar will available to both UFAWU-Unifor members and non-members. The calendar is currently being put together by Union staff.

Stay tuned for more details on proceeds and information on purchasing a calendar!

Connected Coast Update One Year Later

Last October, fish harvesters were asked for their input on The Connected Coast Project.

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

Fisher input was needed to ensure the cable didn’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 advised that the routing of the cable could be altered to lessen impacts to stakeholders. 

This was 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. 

Now, one year later, construction is underway and Connected Coast has released its Fall 2022 Update.

According to Connected Coast, “The Connected Coast project began construction in the Strait of Georgia on July 20, 2022. The subsea fibre optic cable lay process began on Gabriola Island and moved north to Campbell River and the Discovery Islands a few weeks after” with Lax Kw’alaams being the first community to gain internet access through the project.

For the full Fall 2022 Update, visit connectedcoast.ca.