First marine refuge within the Gw axdlala/Nal axdlala area in Knight Inlet is established

Media advisory

Logos: Gwaxdlala/Nalaxdlala (Lull/Hoeya) Marine Refuge

Vancouver, British Columbia – The Honourable Joyce Murray, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, Chief John Powell (Winidi) of the Mamalilikulla First Nation, and the Honourable Nathan Cullen, B.C. Minister of Water, Land and Resource Stewardship, will announce the establishment of a new marine refuge in the Gwaxdlala/Nalaxdlala area in Knight Inlet on the coast of British Columbia.

Date: Sunday, February 5, 2023
Time: 11:00 a.m. PST
Location: Vancouver Convention Centre, Ocean Expo, Exhibition Level
                  1055 Canada Place, Vancouver, BC V6C 0C3

*Access to the venue:

  • On-site participation in this event is for IMPAC5-accredited media only.
  • Media must be in possession of an accreditation badge to access the venue. If you are not already registered, please allow time to obtain your badge.

*Access to the teleconference:

Media planning to attend the event are required to contact Fisheries and Oceans Canada Pacific Region Media Relations at to register by Saturday, February 4 at 4:00 p.m. PST. A confirmation email containing instructions for participating in the conference will only be provided to media representatives who have registered.


For more information:

Media Relations
Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Media Relations
Ministry of Water, Land and Resource Stewardship
Direct: 250-952-0559 | Cell: 250-213-5667

John Bones
Communications, Mamalilikulla First Nation

About IMPAC5

IMPAC5, the Fifth International Marine Protected Areas Congress, is where the world will come together and take a stand to protect the global ocean. From 3 – 9 February, 2023, ocean conservation professionals, leaders and decision-makers will attend IMPAC5 in Vancouver, Canada, to learn, share and chart a course towards protecting 30 per cent of the global ocean by 2030. The IMPAC5 high-level segment, the Leadership Forum (on February 9), has invited international ministers and decision makers to chart a course towards achieving the marine conservation targets negotiated as part of the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Goals.

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