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Happy 3rd Birthday to FOBSS blog! World Oceans Day and more…


Today marks the third year this blog was started and the creation of Friends of Baynes Sound Society. Thanks for following!


World Oceans Day

World Oceans Day, June 8th, was declared by the United Nations at the urging of Canada. Oceans Week, June 1 – 8, was declared by the Board of World Oceans Day Canada in 2010.  Find more info here

Save the dates:


Association of Denman Island Marine Stewards Speakers Series in the Community Hall

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On Saturday May 30th,, 1-4pm: Andrew Fyson presents “Beauty and the Beach” a talk featuring the incredible images and stories of his circumnavigation of Denman documenting the beauty, biodiversity and effect of human activity and industry on our coastline and tidal environment. Andrew believes that by getting a detailed snapshot record of the Denman shoreline, these can be used in the future to monitor changes over time. Like Ian’s presentation, Andrew’s incredible imagery challenges us on a visceral to recommit to preserve and protect this unique ecosystem.

The evening will also provide an opportunity for islanders to sign up to be part of pilot “Adopt a Beach” teams that will help us trial ways to document ongoing photographic and descriptive records of the changes and evolution of our shoreline over time. This is an opportunity to be “citizen- scientists. In addition the school children will feature their map of their own adopted beach, and our artists will highlight their sculptures constructed out of beach aquaculture debris. Join us for a playful evening!

On Wednesday June 3rd: 7pm-9pm: Pamela Bendall’s talk “Precious Oceans”

Pamela transports us from the BC coast to the high seas of the Pacific Ocean. Sailing solo from the BC Coast to Peru, accompanied only by her little dog Riley as “first mate”, Pamela has witnessed the beauty, as well as the progressive degradation of this great Ocean. Her passionate and informative talk highlights the alarming changes she has seen in the marine environment over her years as a sailor. Discussion will include the crisis, and ramifications, as well as solutions for our oceans. Pamela has authored two books: What Was I thinking: Adventures of a Woman Sailing Solo and Kids for Sail.

On Satuday, June 6th, 7-9 pm: Scientific Panel and Community Dialogue with Peter Ross, Leah Bendell and Ramona de Graaf: This panel of eminent scientists will give succinct presentations from their latest research highlighting the complex threats that our waters and beaches surrounding Denman Island face. Issues will include plastic pollution in Baynes Sound, alternatives to present aquaculture practice, and protection of forage fish spawning grounds. Community members will have ample opportunity to ask questions and dialogue with these amazing researchers.

Connecting Coastal Communities with David Suzuki – Comox

Wednesday, 3 June 2015 from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM (PDT) at the Comox Community Centre,

In June 2015 David Suzuki will be visiting 12 communities along B.C.’s coast to celebrate our shared respect and admiration for ocean ecosystems. David Suzuki, and his foundation, has a long history of work, activism and friendships on B.C.’s coast. These events will honour that past and build for the future.

We want to hear from coastal residents about the challenges facing your community and B.C.’s coastal waters, along with your hopes for the future. Your ideas are important to us and we hope to share them with a larger audience after the tour.

For more info and tickets: Connecting Coastal Communities

BC Shellfish Festival 

The 9th annual BC Shellfish & Seafood Festival is the largest festival of its kind in British Columbia! Located in the Comox Valley, you can enjoy 10 days filled with culinary events, shellfish and seafood producer tours, celebrity chef demonstrations, winery dinners that celebrate the bounty of the sea, coupled with aquaculture industry workshops, networking events and tradeshow. The festival takes place during BC Seafood Month, the perfect time to showcase seafood excellence!

For full event calendar:

BC Seafood Expo Consumer Series:

One event you might find interesting:

The Future of Shellfish Development in the Baynes Sound Area on Vancouver Island 



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