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Knowledge Translation Supports Community Conservation Efforts to Protect and Restore a Local Marine Environment: A Case Study of Átl’ḵa7tsem/Txwnéwu7ts/Howe Sound, British Columbia, Canada

Ocean Wise Conservation Association, Ocean Wise Research Institute, 845 Avison Way, Vancouver, BC V6G 3E2, Canada
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J. Mar. Sci. Eng. 2020, 8(10), 739; https://doi.org/10.3390/jmse8100739
Received: 16 September 2020 / Accepted: 22 September 2020 / Published: 24 September 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Ocean Conservation and Pollution in an Era of Blue Economy)
Individuals, communities, organizations, and governments are the building blocks of economies. All require awareness, information, and achievable actions to contribute to moving towards healthy oceans, the base of a robust blue economy. Ocean Watch, a program run by Ocean Wise Conservation Association, was created to translate scientific understanding, combined with community and traditional knowledge, to empower local action for improved marine health. Clear improvements have been made in the Átl’ḵa7tsem/Txwnéwu7ts/Howe Sound marine environment, which have been captured in an updated report following from the original 2017 publication. Information within the reports illustrates the connection of communities and the marine environment through articles describing seven themes, which are: (1) Species and Habitat; (2) Clean Water; (3) Sense of Place; (4) Coastal Development and Livelihoods; (5) Stewardship and Governance; (6) Oceanography and Climate Change; and (7) Seafood. Articles such as the 2017 article: “Sea Stars: wasting disease taking its toll” gave background, rationale for importance, current status, current actions, and recommended actions to improve the health status (healthy, caution, critical, limited/no data). The health status for 10 of 28 reassessed articles improved largely due to actions taken by local communities, as recommended in the 2017 report. However, more work is needed, especially for areas of marine health that were not improving and to address threats from climate change. Establishing a sustainable socio-ecological relationship with the ocean is necessary if we are to protect and restore the health of all components of the ecosystem. Empowering communities to take action improves ocean health, which is inherently linked to the health of individuals, communities, and economies. View Full-Text
Keywords: blue economy; ocean pollution; sustainable development goals (SDGs); marine biodiversity blue economy; ocean pollution; sustainable development goals (SDGs); marine biodiversity
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Chapman, J.; Dearden, A.; Miller, A. Knowledge Translation Supports Community Conservation Efforts to Protect and Restore a Local Marine Environment: A Case Study of Átl’ḵa7tsem/Txwnéwu7ts/Howe Sound, British Columbia, Canada. J. Mar. Sci. Eng. 2020, 8, 739. https://doi.org/10.3390/jmse8100739

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Chapman J, Dearden A, Miller A. Knowledge Translation Supports Community Conservation Efforts to Protect and Restore a Local Marine Environment: A Case Study of Átl’ḵa7tsem/Txwnéwu7ts/Howe Sound, British Columbia, Canada. Journal of Marine Science and Engineering. 2020; 8(10):739. https://doi.org/10.3390/jmse8100739

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Chapman, Jennifer, Amber Dearden, and Aroha Miller. 2020. "Knowledge Translation Supports Community Conservation Efforts to Protect and Restore a Local Marine Environment: A Case Study of Átl’ḵa7tsem/Txwnéwu7ts/Howe Sound, British Columbia, Canada" Journal of Marine Science and Engineering 8, no. 10: 739. https://doi.org/10.3390/jmse8100739

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