SGaan Kinghlas–Bowie Seamount Gin siigee tl’a damaan kinggangs gin k’aalaagangs Marine Protected Area Management Plan 2019

SGaan Kinghlas–Bowie Seamount Gin siigee tl’a damaan kinggangs gin k’aalaagangs Marine Protected Area Management Plan 2019

SGaan Kinghlas–Bowie Seamount Gin siigee tl’a damaan kinggangs gin k’aalaagangs Marine Protected Area Management Plan 2019 (PDF, 7.40 MB)

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7 Education and Outreach

The MPA provides an excellent opportunity to raise public awareness about seamount ecosystems and their contributions to diverse, productive and healthy oceans. Increased understanding and awareness of the MPA through outreach activities is expected to support management and compliance within the MPA and foster a sense of stewardship. A communications protocol for the SK-B MPA facilitates coordinated CHN and DFO education and outreach initiatives.

Currently, SK-B MPA-related material is available online at both CHN and DFO websites. The CHN and DFO websites will be updated with news about plan implementation, outreach activities, and scientific research projects and findings.

A priority for education and outreach activities is increasing local, national and international awareness of the SK-B MPA. A recent SK-B outreach project engaged Haida artists and dance groups to share information about Haida cultural connections to the MPA (Box 6).

Box 6. SGaan Kinghlas aauu tl’a ‘waadluwaan hlGajagang (We all take care of SGaan Kinghlas)

In the fall of 2015 a collaborative project with two Haida artists, a Haida composer, a Haida videographer and two youth dance groups was initiated. The artists carved two dancing masks that were unveiled and danced by the youth dance groups in the fall of 2015. A film that documents the project—from the carving of the masks and composition of the song, through to the public event—was released in 2017. The film is available on the Council of the Haida Nation YouTube channel.

To further support increased education and awareness, an outreach strategy will be developed, and engagement with researchers, educators and the general public regarding activities taking place in the area will also be explored. National and international forums about seamount ecosystems may provide additional opportunities to increase awareness of the SK-B MPA and to share experience and knowledge.

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