Over the last couple of months I have been working on a concept of the aquapelago, an attempt to envisage and assert the multi-faceted inter-connection that (some) island and coastal societies have with marine spaces. Visiting Haida Gwaai and doing follow-up research in late 2011 moved these ideas along and I have published a short (3500 word) Debates piece on the concept in the latest issue of Shima (v6 n1 2012) (online at www.shimajournal.org). Arianne Reis (assistant editor of Shima) approached some active island researchers from various fields and pleasingly four have written responses that are also included in the issue. These ranged from welcoming of the concept and its usefulness through to less positive assessments of the need for a new term. I am going to write up some specific thoughts on Haida Gwaai as an aquapelagic assemblage and link these to the responses in Shima + some consideration of Manuel DeLanda, whose work offers some useful insights. I would welcome discussion and collaboration on this area, so please feel free to engage with me on it.