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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
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
Weekly Ocean News 

Why dolphins don't experience menopause; a UK town enlists beavers to help with flooding; and more in this week's ocean news.

Ecosystems and Biodiversity As far as we know, only four species experience menopause: orcas, pilot whales, false killer whales and humans. So, why did these species evolve this late-stage inability to bear offspring? A study on the nursing habits of bottlenose dolphins, which don’t experience menopause, may give us part of the answer. Older dolphin mothers […]

Posted on July 27, 2018 6 min read Continue reading
Guardian of the Mangroves

On International Mangrove Day, meet the kayaking Syrian artist who paints and protects this overlooked, beautiful and important ecosystem.

Every weekend Zahidah Zeytoun Millie used to venture into the calm mangroves of Umm Al Quwain from her old home in the United Arab Emirates. From her small, red kayak she painted the water trees, known as mangroves, that grow out of estuaries across the Arabian Gulf. The UAE is actually home to nearly 50% […]

Posted on July 26, 2018 5 min read Continue reading
Preserving Shark Jaws for Posterity

Dr. David Shiffman uses 3-D printing to share shark knowledge far and wide.

Dr. David Shiffman is in the basement of the Vancouver Aquarium, taking a three-dimensional picture of a spiny dogfish jaw. It’s trickier than you might think. Using a free app called QLONE, he fills in a cone of grey space on his phone’s screen that surrounds the jaw. “I might invest in the $5 version […]

Posted on July 25, 2018 4 min read Continue reading
Weekly Ocean News 

Sweden makes its 2030 renewable-energy target in 2019; Canada may be skimping on marine protection and more in this week's ocean news.

Ecosystems and Biodiversity The local food renaissance has made people more aware of where their food comes from, but new research from the University of Pittsburgh suggests it may be just as important to follow their food’s food sources.  A class of synthetic flame retardants, banned in America and Europe in 2004 because of its […]

Posted on July 20, 2018 4 min read Continue reading
Running for Ocean Health

Mountain Equipment Co-op's run clubs take Ocean Wise's #BePlasticWise pledge — and protect the ocean.

This past month, Matthew Bicknell, an outdoor enthusiast and local Mountain Equipment Co-op run club leader, began a challenge that would open his eyes to a far-reaching and often overwhelming problem: single-use plastics winding up in places where they have no business being. Matthew signed the #BePlasticWise pledge and started getting outdoors with his MEC […]

Posted on July 11, 2018 2 min read Continue reading

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