The Thriving Coastal Communities Initiative

Rural and resource-based coastal communities in BC are facing unprecedented challenges. Climate change is negatively impacting B.C. marine ecosystems and fish stocks while many fishermen struggle to access traditional fishing grounds as a result of complex, market-driven management regimes.

Capture_d’écran__le_2019-12-19_à_13.42.04.pngMany fishermen don't feel heard in the decision-making processes that could help them adapt to these changes and remain stewards of the sea. Coastal communities are also struggling to adapt as their economies decline, youth leave for urban centers, residents have less reliable access to healthy and culturally relevant food. Community health data shows trends consistent with these kinds of community struggles – for instance, drug use has increased in rural, coastal B.C. over the last thirty years.

We initiated the Thriving Coastal Communities Initiative with Dr. Nathan Bennett to identify areas where we could support coastal communities as they adapt to these changes. This report covers one of the project’s early planning meetings we convened with 24 experts and through-leaders to map out areas for further development.  

The full report - The Thriving Coastal Communities Initiative: Towards an Action Research Agenda Focused on Well-Being in Coastal Communities in British Columbia - can be found here.


This report focuses on the collaborative planning process taking place in British Columbia to establish an integrated oceans management regime for the Pacific North Coast Integrated Management Area (PNCIMA). The report provides a comprehensive summary and synthesis of socio-economic and cultural values and issues related to the region. It examines the status, trends, and outlook of coastal communities, the cultural significance of the marine environment, and the economic activities reliant on the ocean. The SECOA serves as a valuable resource for informing the development of the PNCIMA plan by Fisheries and Oceans Canada, in collaboration with various stakeholders and governing authorities.

The full report - Socio-economic and Cultural Overview and Assessment Report for the Pacific North Coast Integrated Management Area (2012) - can be found here.

Socio-economic and Cultural Overview and Assessment Report for the Pacific North Coast Integrated Management Area: Appendix Report - can be found here.


Please contact Jim McIsaac for more information on these reports.