What is the Marine Atlas?
Today, how do we answer questions like:
- How did First Nations people use Bowen Island before white settlers came?
- Where do winter sea ducks congregate?
- In which streams do salmon spawn? What kind are they?
- What whale species swim past our shores?
- What best practices can protect our beaches, eelgrassbeds, and salmon spawning beds?
Imagine that Bowen Island had source of reliable information to answer questions like these, about our local shores and marine environment. We set out to create a Marine Atlas early in 2019, and published it in May 2020. 56 pages long, it’s full of interesting and useful information about the marine environment that surrounds us.
How did the Atlas come about?
The Bowen Island Conservancy and its partners launched a project in January 2019 to publish, by mid 2020, a Bowen/Nexwlélexm Marine Conservation Atlas to foster public awareness of, and engagement in, local marine conservation issues, and to celebrate the recovery of our marine neighbourhood. We launched this project because, although we’re an island community defined by the waters that surround us, to that point there had been no such telling of our marine story.
The Atlas was developed out of the input of many voices: layers of scientific data, overlaid by local knowledge from citizen scientists, fishers, divers, and Traditional Knowledge from Coast Salish members. It addresses multiple themes, illustrated with maps, text, and photos.
Get your copy
You can purchase your copy of the Marine Atlas for $30 at Phoenix, in Village Square.
If you don’t live on Bowen Island we can send you a copy. Send us email and we’ll contact you to work out the details.