What we face

Intensifying aquaculture industry

In the late 1990s, ADIMS was primarily concerned with the negative impacts of the expanding and intensifying shellfish aquaculture industry on our foreshore. Now, most of the Baynes Sound shoreline, including estuaries of numerous salmon bearing streams, is under tenure for shellfish aquaculture. Over 90 percent of Denman Island’s western foreshore is also now under tenure to shellfish aquaculture. This intense industrialization has had a profound effect. Methods and practices damage essential fish habitat, alter the natural state of the intertidal zone, and degrade the habitat of many resident species.

New ecological threats

We face ecological impacts from the expanding human population around Baynes Sound. Critical marine habitat is being lost to development.

Ongoing concerns like plastic debris and damage to intertidal habitat are joined by new concerns: microplastics pollution, seepage from septic tank systems, storm drain runoff, and improperly managed effluent.

What we do

Work within our community

ADIMS is a grassroots Denman Island organization. We have advocated for protection of our marine environment for 20 years. We have successfully raised awareness about what constitutes a healthy marine environment, and about the cumulative impacts of intense shellfish industrialization and aquaculture practices. We have fostered a sense of community stewardship of our marine environment, and continue to create opportunities for community members to protect its wellbeing.

Form alliances to create a unified voice and vision

We have supported the Local Trust Committee in its decisions to limit the expansion of tenures for raft aquaculture along Denman’s western shore. We have worked together with scientists, advocates, First Nations, environmental lawyers, community members, and politicians and government agencies. Our alliances have strengthened our ability to speak on behalf of our community and our local marine environment.


Strive to ensure a healthy, thriving ecosystem for the future

We act to secure the well-being and sustainable management of the annual herring spawn, the survival of local salmon runs, and the protection of forage fish spawning habitat around Denman Island.


Promote community stewardship

We are proud of our work and accomplishments. We honour members of Denman Island’s community who have repeatedly supported our efforts, and who have voiced the high value they place on the ecosystems of our beaches and off-shore waters. Together we celebrate the beauty and social richness our surroundings contribute to our shared island life.


Advocate for ecosystem-based management

In 2016 we began a campaign to make these waters a Marine Protected Area, based on its identity as an Ecologically and Biologically Significant Area (EBSA). The core goal of our campaign is to co-create an ecosystem-based management plan with other key stakeholders around Baynes Sound and Lambert Channel.


We advocate for protection of Baynes Sound, Lambert Channel and surrounding waters.

Together, these waters are identified as an Ecologically and Biologically Significant Area. We pursue positive actions that show respect for and commitment to our marine ecosystem as a whole. We recognize that all life, including our own, depends on our oceans flourishing.

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