Protecting the Coast and Ocean

A Guide to Marine Conservation Law in British Columbia

By Stephanie M. Hewson, Linda Nowlan, Georgia Lloyd-Smith, Deborah Carlson, and Michael Bissonnette
Categories: Law & Legal Studies, Environmental Law, Environmental & Nature Studies, Environmental Protection & Preservation, Environmental Politics & Policy, The Natural World
Publisher: UBC Press
Hardcover : 9780774865494, 300 pages, June 2023
Ebook (PDF) : 9780774865517, 300 pages, June 2023
Ebook (EPUB) : 9780774865524, 300 pages, June 2023


Fish were once so abundant in BC waters that Indigenous elders recall dried salmon being stacked like firewood. But declines on the coast have accelerated over the last century, with marine wildlife cut in half in just four decades. Protecting the Coast and Ocean explores how we can reverse this decline. This meticulous work analyzes and compares the range of Canadian and international legal tools available, providing in-depth case studies to illustrate how each instrument can work in practice. Despite climate change, overfishing, and pollution, this is a convincing demonstration to address species extinction and plan for a resilient ocean.