Finding balance on the coast: Healthy ocean through Marine Spatial Planning

The BC coast is a busy seaway, fishing ground, and ecological treasure. How do marine planners account for overlapping user demands and conflicting activities on the coast? Marine spatial planning (MSP) is a collaborative process used for ocean protection. MSP helps inform holistic plans for the coast that balance environmental, economic, social and cultural values.

This Ocean Week 2023, learn about how marine spatial planning is helping protect the coast in Canada. Join us on Monday June 5 at 12PM (PDT) for a webinar all about MSP and how this can advance marine conservation in BC!

Hear from Marine Use Planner, Shauna Johnson (W̱SÁNEĆ Leadership Council) about their work exploring the ways MSP supports community stewardship on the South Coast of BC.


Tickets are free but limited. We invite attendees to make a donation of $10, or whatever amount feels right to you, to support ocean conservation in BC. Visit




Shauna Johnson (she/her) is a Marine Use Planner with W̱SÁNEĆ Leadership Council. She is Coast Salish from the Tsawout First Nation on her mother’s side and Tsimshian from Laxkwala’ams on her father’s side. Shauna holds a Master of Science degree in Indigenous Community Planning (ICP) and has specialized expertise in providing planning support for Indigenous communities to revitalize and promote Indigenous community planning research, methods and practices grounded firmly within Indigenous Laws, legal traditions and ways of Knowing and being.

W̱SÁNEĆ Leadership Council’s mandate is to promote respect for W̱SÁNEĆ culture, traditional practices, language, and the interests of the W̱SÁNEĆ First Nations. They are working to establish a community-based Marine and Land Use Plan for the W̱SÁNEC territory, which will help guide future decision-making for the marine environment and the W̱SÁNEĆ way of life.

Join CPAWS-BC webinar hosts Debra Sinarta (she/her), Marine Research Coordinator and Jacob Chlla (he/him) – GIS Analyst.

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