Vancouver, British Columbia (CNN) — A new U.S. law to protect coastal areas has prompted some of the world’s most remote coastal communities to look elsewhere for help.
The U.K.’s National Oceanography Centre and U.N. agency Fisheries have released recommendations to help coastal communities prepare for a future without a thriving ocean.
The recommendations come on the heels of a major marine pollution event that was the first to cause major damage to the Great Barrier Reef since its formation in 1983.
The Great Barrier has suffered massive damage since March after heavy pollution caused the algae blooms that kill fish, disrupt the ecosystem and cause damage to coastal infrastructure, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
The British Columbia coast has suffered severe flooding in recent years due to stormy weather and pollution, and many communities have moved inland due to the destruction caused by the Great Flood.
It was the Great Australian Bight that caused the biggest loss of life in British Columbia’s history.