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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
What's in a Name?

Canada's seafood is commonly mislabelled —and re-branding isn't the only problem.

Seafood is confusing. Have you ever wondered about the difference between steelhead and trout? Chinook and king salmon? Black cod and sablefish? The list goes on, but these pairs of fish are the same species and legally they can be sold in Canada under either name. Frequently, seafood is renamed to sound more appealing and […]

Posted on August 17, 2018 4 min read Continue reading
Butt Out 

A UBC study reveals yet another reason to bin cigarette butts properly.

UBC researchers analyzed data from 1,226 Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanups between 2013 and 2016 and recently announced a major discovery: 50 per cent of the waste recovered during cleanups of Vancouver and Victoria shorelines came from cigarettes. This, despite the fact that smoking on beaches has been banned in Vancouver for eight years, and in […]

Posted on August 16, 2018 3 min read Continue reading
Saving Scarlet

The Vancouver Aquarium, as part of a cross-border team of organizations and institutions, is on a mission to save an ailing Southern Resident Killer Whale.

The Vancouver Aquarium, as part of a cross-border team of organizations and institutions, is on a mission to save an ailing Southern Resident Killer Whale. On August 9, Vancouver Aquarium’s head veterinarian Dr. Martin Haulena was on the response team that reached the ailing Southern Resident killer whale J50, aka Scarlet, in Canadian waters. Dr. […]

Posted on August 15, 2018 3 min read Continue reading
Innovation in the High Arctic

Ocean Wise joins One Ocean Expeditions to expand Arctic knowledge.

This summer, Ocean Wise has officially joined forces with One Ocean Expeditions (OOE) with the goal of expanding our joint education and research programs around the world on select OOE voyages. After nearly a decade of creating exceptional travel experiences together, the two organizations signed a five-year partnership agreement that represents the innovation needed to […]

Posted on August 14, 2018 3 min read Continue reading
Proud & Loud After Hours 

Pride Week 2018 brought drag queens, contests, and sex talks to the Vancouver Aquarium.

It was not a typical After Hours at the Vancouver Aquarium last Thursday. Guests  dressed in their finest drag: lycra tights, rainbow sashes and ribbons, purple tutus, electric-pink wigs, fishnet stockings and more for —you guessed it — Pride Week! With high-energy drag performances from drag queen Carlotta Gurl (a first-ever for After Hours!) and shocking aquatic animal […]

Posted on August 14, 2018 1 min read Continue reading
Cleaning Your Community 

Ocean Bridge participant Nina Andrascik organized a cleanup of the Ottawa River following the popular summer Bluesfest.

It is one thing to participate in a shoreline cleanup. It is another thing entirely to see the impact a cleanup has on your community. Take the Ottawa Bluesfest, an annual event held in the Lebreton Flats of Ottawa every July. People of all ages come together to celebrate summer and good music. And while […]

Posted on August 8, 2018 3 min read Continue reading
Weekly Ocean News

Empty urban spaces converted into solar panels, the undervalued role of sea stars in the kelp ecosystem and more in this week's Ocean News.

Ecosystems and Biodiversity Mankind leaves its mark on the ocean in many ways: shipping, fishing, pollution, drilling and other impacts. But how much of the world’s oceans are still pristine? The answer: roughly 13%. Those untouched areas are mostly in the frigid polar seas and the remotest parts of the Pacific Ocean. Although these areas […]

Posted on August 3, 2018 5 min read Continue reading

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