And the biggest sector contributing to BC's ocean economy is... recreation! According to the Government of British Columbia, marine recreation and tourism contributes 3.8 billion dollars to the province's economy, about a third of the overall ocean economy.
It's not just recreation that depends on healthy, productive oceans. Tourism and seafood are also major contributors to the provincial economy.
If the Government of Canada wants the economy to be the Number One priority on the west coast, it's time to improve oceans management to protect the underwater riches that attract kayakers, divers, surfers, sport fishers, whale watchers and boaters.