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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
Weekly Ocean News

What the stool of fur seals can teach us; B.C. unveils new and improved environmental assessments and more in this week's Ocean News.

Ecosystems and Biodiversity A study conducted by the University of Georgia found plastic microfibers in the stool of wild South American fur seals. The team examined stool from 51 fur seals and found that 67 % of the samples had an abundance of microfibers. Scientists have yet to determine if microfibers have any adverse effects […]

Posted on November 18, 2018 4 min read Continue reading
Weekly Ocean News

The surprising secrets behind sea lettuce growth; the IPCC's damning report on climate change; and more in this week's ocean news.

Ecosystems and Biodiversity The impacts of global warming will be far greater than expected, according to the latest comprehensive assessment from the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The IPCC’s review of over 6,000 studies concluded that the “safe” limit of 1.5 °Celsius increase could be reached in as little as 12 years and that we are […]

Posted on October 11, 2018 6 min read Continue reading
Aquaculture 101: Part 2

This second installment examines a contentious fish here in BC: farmed salmon.

More than half of seafood consumed globally is farmed. In order to shed some light on the opaque sources of our seafood, I wrote an overview of popular farmed species (see Part 1). Next, let’s address a farmed and controversial species here on Canada’s west coast: salmon. How are BC’s wild salmon populations doing? You […]

Posted on October 3, 2018 10 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
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 Crawfish, more commonly known as swamp crayfish, have spread from […]

Posted on August 30, 2018 5 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
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

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