Three simple words: "I am fish". They reflect an extraordinary relationship between the ocean and people on Canada's Pacific North Coast, which supports one of the richest and most abundant marine ecosystems on the planet.
In the following pages, we explore some of the intriguing values and conservation needs of Canada's Pacific coastal ecosystem. Beginning with the photosynthetic plants that form the base of the food web, moving through to kelp forests and the small fish that inhabit them, along to salmon and other big fish and up the food chain to the greatest non-human predator in the sea, the transient killer whale.
Oceans are critical to all life on earth, providing food, oxygen, recreation and economic opportunities. They also face many threats. From sea to sea to sea, the effects of industrial fishing, pollution, and climate change combine into a suite of industrial impacts that pose constant and increasing threats to coastal and marine environments and wildlife.