The Haida Gwaii Marine Stewardship Group
Haida Gwaii rises up out of the ocean, perched on the edge of the continental shelf. The open Pacific crashes against its western shores, the temperamental Hecate Strait to its east. It is 130 km, as the Raven flies, to mainland British Columbia. All life here is touched by the ocean. Haida culture is interwoven with the sea and land, impossible to separate one from the others.
Out of this physical and emotional closeness to the ocean comes a responsibility to protect and preserve, learn from and about, and restore where we previously degraded. We must be Stewards of this ocean which is front and centre to our lives.
A number of community and conservation organizations, individuals and government agencies have come together to form the Haida Gwaii Marine Stewardship Group (HGMSG). As a group our goal is to aid in the rebuilding of Northern abalone, sea otter, Fin, Humpback and Killer whale populations around Haida Gwaii. This is an ambitious goal. But by working together, with passion and a clear vision, we can and will make a difference.
Our roots as a stewardship group came from the desire to rebuild northern abalone populations. To honour these roots, the Haida Gwaii Marine Stewardship Group is represented by the northern abalone design by Frank Williams. Abalone, a marine snail, is an important traditional food for the Haida and was once was common along the shores of Haida Gwaii, but no longer. It is now an endangered species.