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The Coastal Ocean Research Institute, an Ocean Wise initiative, is an independent, multidisciplinary, collaboration-based, institute to fill a major gap in understanding and managing our coastal ocean environments.
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A New Discovery in a Deadly Fight

Ocean Wise Researcher Jeff Marliave comments on the latest breakthrough in sea star wasting syndrome.

In 2013, sea stars along the West Coast began to die en masse from a mysterious virus. Scientists called sea star wasting syndrome, as the disease came to be known, one of the greatest die-offs ever recorded. It was also a gruesome death, with sea stars ripping off their own limbs and melting into a […]

Posted on June 28, 2018 2 min read Continue reading
New Light on an Elusive Species

Ocean Wise researcher Valeria Vergara comments on new narwhal discoveries.

Last week, the journal PLOS ONE published a study on the acoustic calls of narwhals, an elusive Arctic species whose day-to-day life we know very little about. Ocean Wise researcher Valeria Vergara, who spends her summers recording beluga whale acoustic communication, read over the study “Spatial and temporal patterns of sound production in East Greenland […]

Posted on June 18, 2018 1 min read Continue reading
Wild Killer Whale Adoption Program Marks 25th Anniversary

Since 1992, the Wild Killer Whale Adoption Program has supported ground-breaking research by the Marine Mammal Research Program at the Coastal Ocean Research Institute, an Ocean Wise initiative. In the past, this research, contributed to an annual photo identification-based census of killer whales in British Columbia to monitor association patterns, births, deaths and changes in distribution. […]

Posted on October 26, 2017 3 min read Continue reading
Support For Our Ocean Protection Agenda

On February 16, 2017, the Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, announced a variety of measures supporting the Vancouver Aquarium’s ocean protection agenda. While addressing 150 stakeholders at the Vancouver Aquarium’s Ocean Watch report launch, the Minister announced more than $1 million in support for two new research projects […]

Posted on February 19, 2017 3 min read Continue reading
Ocean Watch - Howe Sound Edition

Although it shows signs of a remarkable recovery since the last century, when Britannia Mine discharged tailings and metal-laden water into it, Howe Sound remains vulnerable to development, shipping, and fishing pressures. Less than one per cent of its fragile ecosystems are protected from further harm. Those are just some of the findings of a […]

Posted on February 19, 2017 3 min read Continue reading
Whale Spotting: New Mariner's Guide Aims To Reduce Vessel Impacts

Ship strikes, vessel disturbance, underwater noise, and air pollution are key threats faced by whales, dolphins and porpoises off British Columbia’s coast. In partnership with the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority and the Prince Rupert Port Authority, the Vancouver Aquarium’s Coastal Ocean Research Institute has produced a new Mariner’s Guide to Whales, Dolphins, and Porpoises of […]

Posted on February 15, 2017 3 min read Continue reading
How "Snot" Samples Help Us Protect Whales

Humpback whale “snot” samples gathered by Vancouver Aquarium and NOAA researchers are helping to protect whales in the wild. Humpback whales can be identified at the surface of the ocean by their bushy, two- to three-metre blows, or exhalations. In a joint research project by Vancouver Aquarium’s Coastal Ocean Research Institute and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration […]

Posted on December 5, 2016 3 min read Continue reading
Support for Our Healthy Oceans Agenda

These are tough times for our planet. In just 10,000 years, we humans have multiplied exponentially, growing from a population of one million to more than seven billion in a geological blink of an eye. By the year 2100, there could be at least 10 billion of us. This growth is coming at a high […]

Posted on November 9, 2016 3 min read Continue reading

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