Marine ecosystem surrounding Denman Island discussed at next Comox Valley Nature meeting

Comox Valley Nature hosts a public lecture by Dorrie Woodward and Barbara Mills from the Association for Denman Island Marine Stewards (ADIMS), Sunday, Jan. 19.

They will present ADIMS’ many efforts to advocate for, and protect the vital marine ecosystem surrounding Denman Island. The lecture entitled Advocating for the Baynes Sound marine ecosystem one step at a time will start at 7 p.m. in the Rotary Room of the Filberg Seniors Centre, 411 Anderton Ave., Courtenay.

Since 50 per cent of all oxygen that we breathe comes from the ocean, protecting the marine environment is an important aspect of addressing the climate crisis. Baynes Sound and Lambert Channel comprise an ecosystem that is essential to the survival of the Pacific food web. Working to decrease the impacts of human activities and support its ecological resiliency is a complex task. Through photos and video, Woodward and Mills will provide a unique insight into the importance of these waters, and the factors that threaten them. They will also share the many initiatives that ADIMS has embarked upon to advocate for this irreplaceable marine ecosystem.

Woodward and Mills are full-time residents of Denman Island who sit on the board of directors for ADIMS. They have worked with islanders, scientists, politicians, First Nations, and government in order to shed a light on the importance and fragility of this marine ecosystem. Through petitions, articles, PowerPoints, and advocacy to government panels, they have slowly influenced awareness and change.

This is an excellent opportunity for the public to learn more about efforts to protect a valuable marine ecosystem.

The lecture is free, though a $4 contribution from non-members is appreciated. New memberships are always welcomed.

Anyone interested in this lecture or participating in CVNS activities can also contact us at comoxvalleynaturalist.bc.ca

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