Forested islet in Beware Passage
|Location||Queen Charlotte Strait|
|Regional District||Mount Waddington|
Broughton Archipelago is a group of islands located at the eastern end of Queen Charlotte Strait in Mount Waddington Regional District, British Columbia. The archipelago is the traditional territory of the Musgamagw Dzawada'enuxw, Namgis, Ma'amtagila and Tlowitsis nations of the Kwakwaka'wakw peoples.
The Broughton Archipelago includes numerous of islands and islets scattered throughout the eastern end of Queen Charlotte Strait. The largest island of the archipelago is Gilford Island with a total area of 384 km2 (148 sq mi). Cormorant Island is the most densely populated island with 270 residents/km2 (710 residents/mi2) as of 2016.
The major islands of the Broughton Archipelago are as follows:
- Baker Island
- Bonwick Island
- Broughton Island
- Cormorant Island
- Crease Island
- East Cracroft Island
- Eden Island
- Gilford Island
- Hanson Island
- Harbledown Island
- Malcolm Island
- Midsummer Island
- Minstrel Island
- North Broughton Island
- Swanson Island
- Turnour Island
- Village Island
- Viscount Island
- Watson Island
- West Cracroft Island
The archipelago has been the focus of controversy over commercial fish-farming by Norwegian aquaculture companies. One of the most prominent studies carried out to assess the relationship between fish farms and sea lice infestations on wild species was carried out in this archipelago in the spring of 2002. Additionally, the sediment and waste released from such industrial aquaculture has recently been shown to severely impact the health of glass sponge reefs, which are one of the most ancient forms of animal life on earth and remain unique to specific regions in the Pacific Northwest.
The archipelago is rich in biodiversity and culturally significant sites. Protected areas include Broughton Archipelago Conservancy, Broughton Archipelago Provincial Park, Burdwood Group Conservancy, Cormorant Channel Marine Provincial Park, Echo Bay Marine Provincial Park, and Qwiquallaaq/Boat Bay Conservancy.
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