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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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Shedding Light on the Local Kelp Environment

"Diving in a kelp forest is a truly amazing underwater experience."

When I think about kelp forests the first thing that comes to mind is tall, canopy kelps that form an underwater forest full of fish and invertebrate life. As a research diver, diving in a kelp forest is a truly amazing underwater experience. However, kelp forests in Howe Sound where I conduct my research look […]

Posted on October 19, 2018 3 min read Continue reading
“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
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

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