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Ocean Wise® Wins Pollution Probe Award 

Ocean Wise is the recipient of the annual Pollution Probe Award in recognition of leading work on our Plastic Wise Initiative.

The annual Pollution Probe Gala, called Living in the Plastic Age, calls attention to the crisis of plastic pollution on our planet. Pollution Probe has chosen to highlight Plastic Wise, an Ocean Wise initiative to raise awareness and share solutions to address the crisis of ocean plastic. The focus of this year’s gala is on […]

Posted on November 23, 2018 2 min read Continue reading
A Year of Ocean Service 

The 2018 Ocean Bridge cohort looks back on the last year of ocean service and a lifetime's worth of memories.

With the conclusion of the Vancouver portion of the Ocean Bridge program, it’s hard to believe my time with Ocean Bridge is slowly coming to an end. I’ve been reflecting on the newfound direction this experience has given me and the community we’ve built. My reflection of this amazing program will hopefully be a preview […]

Posted on November 16, 2018 3 min read Continue reading
G7 Youth to the Rescue

The two winners of Ocean Wise's  Ocean Solutions Challenge travel to Halifax to present their solutions to the G7 Environment Ministers' Meeting.

Last spring, Ocean Wise and Environment and Climate Change Canada, invited youth ages 18-25 from the G7 countries (Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, UK, US) to submit their innovative ocean solutions to challenges facing our oceans. The winners were invited to Halifax in June to present their ideas at the G7 Environment Ministers’ Meeting. Meet […]

Posted on November 15, 2018 6 min read Continue reading
Talking Plastic Pollution From Coast to Coast 

At Ocean Wise National Dialogue on Plastic, Canadian high-school students convened via video conference to discuss marine pollution.

For the past six weeks youth from across the country have been connecting through video conference to discuss plastic pollution in Canada in the Ocean Wise National Dialogue on Plastics ( Guided by the Centre for Global Education (, each week the youth participated in challenges and heard from expert mentors to better understand this […]

Posted on October 30, 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
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
One Month, Major Impacts

This July, the Vancouver Aquarium made huge strides by taking part in a plastic-waste challenge with 38 zoos and aquariums.

It’s the end of July: a time of year when people around the world celebrate the act of reducing single-use plastic items.  Taking the challenge is not only about becoming more aware of your  plastic consumption; it’s about challenging a dependent mindset when it comes to disposable plastic. There’s of ways to reduce plastic waste, […]

Posted on July 31, 2018 3 min read Continue reading
Microbead Ban Begins in Canada and UK

What's the difference between Canada and the UK when it comes to banning plastic waste?

July, 2018 marks the official start of the microbead ban here in Canada, when the majority of personal hygiene products that contain small exfoliating plastic beads are removed from shelves. (Microbead production was banned six months earlier in January, 2018). July also marks the start of the microbead ban in the UK – part of […]

Posted on July 19, 2018 3 min read Continue reading

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