29 Apr A Coastal Partnership: Maritime Stories of Integrated Management
A Coastal Partnership is a documentary that focuses on two First Nations and two fishery associations: Lennox Island First Nation in Prince Edward Island and Bear River First Nation in Nova Scotia; the inshore fishery of southwest New Brunswick, and the independent clammers in Digby-Annapolis, Nova Scotia. Linked together through the Coastal CURA, members from these communities have been working with academics to identify what they need to become more involved in coastal management decisions.
Across the Canadian Maritimes there are many unpublicized stories of coastal community heros, groups of people working together to protect the health of their fisheries, watersheds, and community heritage. Each story provides important lessons about the role of local values, the realities of sharing space and access to resources, and the process of creating both formal and informal pathways for local participation in coastal management.
This film, a Coastal CURA capstone project, was produced as a collective effort, not only to share the perspectives of the four coastal communities but also to be used as a reflective tool for coastal community residents in general (both within the Canadian Maritimes and beyond). Moreover, the film contains success stories and important lessons about the role of local values, the realities of sharing space and access to resources, and the process of increasing local participation in coastal management.