Originally Posted by DDW
Doesn't sound like a permit is needed, you have to be accompanied by a permitted guide. Would this also apply to anchoring just inside the spit, as I have done a couple of times?
DDW, you are correct, permits are not needed; this topic is a knee jerk to a misread notice and second hand “I heard” dock talk.
This project is of roughly three months duration, focusing primarily on the river estuary, salmon and bear habitat, including this year’s unprecedented freshet and resultant destruction.
This research should not now, nor in future, affect the Green Spit anchorage. I doubt you would make it up there this year, but if you did, you might have your intentions questioned and be closely observed by Coastal Guardian Watchmen.
Originally Posted by Alaskan Sea-Duction
The "important notice" about the need for a visitor permit shocked me. No there boaters would have known about it either.
Being “shocked” and permits being required is nonsense. You have not read the “important notice” correctly and certainly neither BC Parks nor First Nations feel obliged to post notices in every marina from San Diego to Ketchikan.
Further, your guess “the B.C. Park dude was the watchman too,” supports the notion your knowledge of the BC coast and understanding of First Nations culture, are less than you think they are.
This is a joint BC Government, Kitasoo/Xai’xais First Nations research project. It is the (First Nations Coastal) Guardians who are the watchmen; both First Nations, non-indigenous researchers and BC Parks can be permitted guides into the estuary.
The ultimate authority lies with BC Parks and any regulations or restrictions, permanent or otherwise, would be announced and enforced by them; at present.
The closure of K’ootz was to have occurred later, but when AK bound boaters strayed into Kynoch in April and overstayed, it was decided to restrict access to them both. Is that what it means to “love it to death?”
As it is with most West Coast wildlife (shellfish, crustaceans, salmon, whales, pinnipeds, etc.) brown bear habitat and foraging habits are evolving at a concerning rate.
A pandemic during the 2020/21 K’ootz brown bear season, with near zero human interaction, created the most opportune time for baseline research.
It is not up to recreational boaters or tourists to decide whether a natural habitat is “loved to death,” or if protection is overdone.
A bit of open minded, focused research, absorbing what is read and heard, will serve well and this is a good place to start: