Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas

Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas (IPCAs) are a powerful tool to provide important economic opportunities for coastal communities, and safeguard BC’s marine economy for all by protecting BC’s most vital habitats and species.

What are Marine Protected Areas?

A Kitasoo / Xai'xais First Nation Coastal Guardian monitoring the Gitdisdzu Lugyeks (Kitasu Bay) Marine Protected Area.

Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) are designated areas of the ocean and coastal regions which are managed to protect marine ecosystems, habitats, and species while also enhancing local and regional fishing stocks.

BC’s Squid

Among the BC coast’s varied marine species, squid play a fascinating and vital role in maintaining the ecological balance of our coast.

Spotted Ratfish

Close up of a spotted ratfish showing its glowing brown eye

The spotted ratfish may be an elusive creature, but its importance in the marine ecosystem cannot be underestimated.

Basket Stars

a basket star in dark water

Basket stars are not just a marvel of marine biology, but also a testament to the incredible diversity of life beneath the waves.

The Douglas Channel

a humpback whale breaching in BC

The Douglas Channel, nestled in the central coast of BC, is one of the most unique and diverse ecosystems of the province.