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“Mom, Can You Hear Me?"

Field notes from the beluga research tower in the Saguenay-St Lawrence Marine Park of Quebec.

With more than 100 drone flights, four weeks of nearly continuous beluga whale recordings, and belugas in Sainte-Marguerite Bay nearly every day, the second season on the research tower in Quebec’s Saguenay-St Lawrence Marine Park was productive beyond our wildest dreams. It is hard to believe that another season has come and gone! This year, […]

Posted on September 21, 2018 5 min read Continue reading
Weekly Ocean News

Big moves to make cigarette filters ocean-friendly; Maine's coastal waters break record highs; and more in this week's Ocean News.

Plastics There are fewer microplastics in ocean surfaces than expected — what gives? Scientists are using polystyrene beads (also known as microbeads and recently banned in Canadian cosmetics) to find out. Studies show that even low-density plastics, which would normally float, clump together with biological particles in the water and sink to the seabed. Microplastics don’t […]

Posted on September 10, 2018 4 min read Continue reading
The Journey to Underwater Work 

This year’s Our World Underwater North American Scholar Yann Herrera Fuchs visits the Vancouver Aquarium.

Let’s say you love the ocean and one day, whatever you do, you know you’re going to work underwater. But how? The career path to underwater employment is murky, a little like the depths of the ocean. Since 1974, the Our World-Underwater Scholarship Society has helped young people gain experience in the field with a […]

Posted on September 4, 2018 3 min read Continue reading
Celebrating Teachers 

Before school starts next week, Ocean Wise spent the night honouring B.C. teachers.

Last night at the Vancouver Aquarium, teachers, principals, educators and teacher candidates filled the immersive galleries of the Ocean Wise initiative. Teacher Appreciation Night celebrates the integral part educators play in developing the ocean champions of tomorrow. Guests explored the magic of the quiet Aquarium after dark, won prizes and shared stories from the dying […]

Posted on August 31, 2018 4 min read Continue reading
Weekly Ocean News 

Contact lenses are bad news for ocean plastic pollution; Spain's constitutional crisis is impacting red coral; and more in this week's ocean news.

Ecosystems and Biodiversity Salmon, sharks, and cod are suffering cognitive problems and disorientation from high carbon dioxide levels. Gases like this dissolve better in colder, deeper waters. The problem is particularly severe in northern estuarine waters, where fertilizer run-off has lowered oxygen levels. Via Phys.org Crawfish, more commonly known as swamp crayfish, have spread from […]

Posted on August 30, 2018 5 min read Continue reading
Welcome Deirdre Finn!

The new manager of Ocean Wise Seafood talks aquaculture, new horizons and why she's really digging bivalves these days.

Posted on August 23, 2018 6 min read Continue reading
Diving in the Arctic Unknown

Ocean Wise Arctic Dive Team goes diving from the One Ocean Expeditions’ cruise vessel Akademik Ioffe

A specialized team of diving researchers from Ocean Wise is wrapping up a trip to the High Arctic this week, diving at underwater sites near Resolute, Nunavut that have never been explored before, and documenting the marine life that inhabits them. The research is possible because of an innovative partnership between Ocean Wise and One […]

Posted on August 22, 2018 4 min read Continue reading
Weekly Ocean News

Rainfall overwhelms Toronto's geriatric sewers; promising new research for coral reef survival; and more in this week's Ocean News.

Ecosystems and Biodiversity A new study from Ocean Wise Seafood’s Laurenne Schiller into the economics of deep sea fishing has suggested that the industry isn’t important to global food security, despite what fishers say. Most high-seas fishery catch is destined for upscale restaurants and store counters in America, Western Europe, and Asia and these fishing […]

Posted on August 20, 2018 4 min read Continue reading

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