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Federal Support for the Ban on Oil Tanker Traffic in the Great Bear Rainforest!

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June 21st marked a big step towards a legislative ban on oil tanker traffic along BC's coast.
On Monday, Micheal Ignatieff and the Liberal Part of Canada announced that they would make a commitment to formalize the oil tanker ban in British Columbia. This ban would prevent crude oil tankers from using BC's Central and North Coast as the 'water highway' for Enbridge's crude oil tankers.
The proposed Northern Gateway Pipeline, ending in Kitimat, would result in an average of 225 oil tankers per year travelling up and down the BC north-central coastline, known to many Bluewater passengers as the Great Bear Rainforest.
That's 225 chances that one of these tankers could leak crude oil into this lush area, home to animals such as Humpback Whales, Orcas, Fin Whales, five Pacific Salmon species, Grizzly Bears and the rare genetic variation of the Black Bear, otherwise know as the Spirit or Kermode Bear.
Being an area that we frequent during our season, Bluewater has long b…

Protection for BC marine waters on World Ocean Day

It's official.

Haida Gwaii will be home to Canada's first park protected marine area.

Yesterday the Gwaii Haanas marine conservation area was established under the Canadian National Marine Conservation Areas Act. The area extends 10 kilometres offshore from the already existing Gwaii Haanas park reserve and will serve to protect the homes of numerous whales, pinnipeds, seabirds, fish, and possibly even coral. Read more about this exciting legislation.

And speaking of corals and protection, environmentalist are excited about an announcement today for a new "Area of Interest" in Hecate Strait, meant to protect the recently discovered, thought to be exinct, glass sponge reefs. Read more about glass sponge reefs.