Gitga’at Marine Use Planning
In 2002 the Gitga’at initiated
a multi-year marine use planning project
involving various partners including the
Fund’s Northeast Pacific Region.
The goal of this project is to explore
and work to implement conservation-based
marine use planning in Gitga’at
Territory. Objectives of the project are
- Collect, organize and produce information
that will contribute to the development
of a Gitga’at marine use plan
that includes protected areas and precautionary
habitat and stock management strategies.
- Increase the capacity among the Gitga’at
community to steward local marine resources
and engage in proactive marine use planning.
- ·Increase understanding of
the problems and benefits associated
with marine use and marine protected
area planning within a First Nations
territory on the North Coast.
The Gitga’at Marine Use
The Gitga’at marine use plan will
be ecosystem-based, and will designate
various marine areas in Gitga’at
Territory to different categories of utilization.
The Gitga’at marine use plan will:
- Respect and accommodate Gitga’at
rights and title.
- Protect important marine cultural
areas and heritage sites.
- Conserve and sustainably manage marine
cultural resources, including seaweed,
shellfish and other marine resource
harvest sites, current and abandoned
village sites, and important fish species
and their supporting habitats and ecosystems.
- Protect and sustain marine ecosystems,
and fish, invertebrate, and wildlife
- Sustain the mechanisms linking marine
habitats within the Territory and sustain
the mechanisms linking marine resources
within the Territory to marine habitats
and ecological process outside the Territory.
- Maintain healthy populations and
sub-populations of fish and marine wildlife,
and restore depleted populations as
- Maintain healthy, well distributed
populations and sub-populations of marine
- Protect at-risk marine species and
their habitats and restore where necessary.
- Maintain the natural diversity and
functional representation of marine
species, ecosystems, and habitats.
- Protect rare marine ecosystems.
- Develop and maintain diverse marine-based
economic opportunities that adhere to
ecosystem-based management principles.