Robson Bight Ecological Reserve
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This ecological reserve is subject to special restrictions.
Robson Bight (Michael Bigg) Ecological Reserve is legally designated (under the Species at Risk Act) as Critical Habitat for Northern Resident Killer Whales. As such, this area is a sanctuary for killer whales and all boaters (motorized and non-motorized) are expected to refrain from entering the reserve to reduce disturbance to these whales while they feed, socialize and use rubbing beaches. To support its role as a sanctuary, the upland portion of Robson Bight (Michael Bigg) Ecological Reserve is closed to all uses or entry. Here are some Guidelines for Watching Marine Wildlife and information on Robson Bight (Michael Bigg) Ecological Reserve: http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/eco_reserve/robsonb_er/robson_b_brochure.pdf
Detailed Ecological Reserve Description
BC Parks has created a detailed description of each Ecological Reserve to support current or potential education and research. Each account includes physical, biological, and cultural information as well as management concerns regarding the Ecological Reserve, with references to supporting documents where available. Additional documents may also be made available, upon request.
- Archaeological Resource Inventory.pdf
- Background Report 1988.pdf
- Baseline Estuary Study.pdf
- Effects of Boat Noise on Whale Behaviour.pdf
- Effects of Boats on Johnstone Strait Orcas 1984.pdf
- Human Influences on Orcas.pdf
- Johnstone Strait Whale Behavioural Study.pdf
- Killer Whale Evolutionary Evaluation.pdf
- Killer Whale Social Behaviour Thesis.pdf
- Salmonid and Marine Resource Inventory.pdf
- Vegetation of Tsitika River Estuary 1981.pdf
- Whales At Bay BC Outdoors Article 1980.pdf
Ecological reserves are not created for outdoor recreation. Most ecological reserves, however, are open to the public for non-destructive pursuits like hiking, nature observation and photography. Consumptive activities like hunting, freshwater fishing, camping, livestock grazing, removal of materials, plants or animals are prohibited by regulation in ecological reserves. Motorized vehicles are not allowed. Research and educational activities may be carried out but only under permit.
Bight (Michael Bigg) Ecological Reserve was established
to provide a sanctuary for killer whales. The reserve
protects key habitats for killer whales and prevents
their harassment while at the same time provides unique
opportunities for killer whale research. Robson Bight
(Michael Bigg) Ecological Reserve also protects a
pristine estuary and forested shorelines.
Robson Bight (Michael Bigg) Ecological Reserve brochure, including detailed map.
Location and Maps
Any maps listed are for information only - they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation.
Johnstone Strait coastline, 10 km SE of Telegraph Cove, Vancouver Island
Marine Ecosystem Classification
- The Purpose Statement for this Ecological Reserve is now available in pdf format.