The Denman Island Local Trust Committee identified marine environmental protection as a Top Priority in their work program during the 2014-2018 term. A key issue of concern was “driving on the beach”, an activity which may negatively impact sensitive marine riparian habitat, vital to forage fish and a myriad of other species. In response to this concern, the Local Trust Committee considered and adopted a bylaw amendment to prohibit driving in the W1, W3 and W4 zones. Notable facts about the bylaw amendment:
- As fisheries are regulated by the federal government, the bylaw amendment is not intended to restrict aquaculture operators’ access to their license areas.
- The bylaw amendment does not authorize any new uses in the marine zones.
- The use of vehicles for emergency purposes are not subject to the bylaw amendment; they would be operated/regulated by senior government legislation.
- The use of vehicles in ecological projects (or similar activities) is not discretely permitted by the Denman Land Use Bylaw No. 186 currently; however, they may be conducted under senior government environmental legislation. The adoption of the bylaw amendment results in no change with respect to the use of vehicles in ecological projects.
The Denman Land Use Bylaw No. 186 currently permits boat launching in the W2 and W4(1) marine zones, and it is currently not a permitted use in the W1, W3 and W4 zones. The adoption of the bylaw amendment results in no change with respect to boat launching.
Bylaw No. 225
Past Reports and Resources (Marine Issues)
For further information related to Denman Island marine issues, visit the Resources page.
Trust Council Briefing re: Marine Protection Options