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Marine Environment

The Islands Trust Area is home to an extraordinary diversity of marine life and is among the most productive marine ecosystems in the world. Life is busy and colourful above and beneath the waves.

Our marine waters support diverse species such as bald eagles, oystercatchers, loons, cormorants, grebes, gulls and ducks, anemones, sea urchins, sand dollars, crabs, sea stars, octopus, seals, river otters, whales, porpoises and sea lions - to name but a few. Marine resources support local economies and diets and are an ongoing source of wonder. The thrill you get when sighting a pod of southern resident killer whales, or a mammoth humpback or gray whale, is incomparable.

As the most intensively used marine area in British Columbia, there are many activities that have negative, cumulative effects on the Salish Sea and the creatures that call it home.

In its 2014-2018 Strategic Plan the Islands Trust Council set out how it would advocate about the following marine topics:

In support of the Islands Trust Council's 2008-2011 Strategic Plan the Islands Trust also undertook advocacy about anchorages concerns in the Islands Trust Area.

In 2017, the Islands Trust staff created reports about marine protection tools available in the region. These reports were provided to the Islands Trust Council to inform trustees about land use planning, conservation and advocacy options.


Since 1979, in support of its mandate to 'preserve and protect' the Islands Trust Area, the Islands Trust Council been advocating regulatory changes that will improve the health of marine ecosystems in the Islands Trust Area. Trust Council's current advocacy on marine issues is supported by the Islands Trust Policy Statement:

Policy 3.1.9 states that: Trust Council encourages actions and programs of other government agencies which: place priority on the side of protection for Trust Area ecosystems when judgment must be exercised, protect the diversity of native species and habitats in the Trust Area, and prevent pollution of the air, land and fresh and marine waters of the Trust Area.

General Marine Stewardship Information

Washington State Partners


Page last updated: 05/08/20
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