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The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup, presented by Loblaw Companies Limited, is one of the largest direct action conservation programs in Canada. A conservation partnership by Ocean Wise and WWF, the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup aims to promote understanding of shoreline litter issues by engaging Canadians to rehabilitate shorelines through cleanups.
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Plastics Top Our Shoreline Litter List

Tiny plastic and foam fragments topped the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup’s annual “Dirty Dozen” list, which reports on the types of litter most commonly found on Canada’s marine and freshwater shores. More than 330,000 tiny pieces of plastic and foam debris were collected by Shoreline Cleanup volunteers – from 1,849 cleanups that covered nearly 3,000 […]

Posted on February 22, 2018 2 min read Continue reading
Shoreline Spotlight: Instagrammable Beach Trash

Working as a kayak guide in Lower Prospect, Nova Scotia, Jennifer MacLatchy began to collect marine debris she came across while paddling. Surprised by the amount of litter she collected, Jennifer used her artistic background to document the finds and post them to social media. Three years later, she’s amassed hundreds of beach-trash photos on Instagram, […]

Posted on February 9, 2018 3 min read Continue reading
Douglas Coupland's Vortex Coming to Vancouver Aquarium

Internationally-renowned author, artist, and designer Douglas Coupland is collaborating with Ocean Wise to highlight ocean plastic pollution in a new major sculpture exhibition that will be unveiled at Vancouver Aquarium on May 18, 2018. Plastic has been apart of Coupland’s creative process for decades. The year-long installation, Vortex, will immerse Aquarium visitors in a contemplative, emotive, and […]

Posted on January 30, 2018 3 min read Continue reading
New Name, Same Commitment to Shorelines

On World Ocean’s Day, June 8, 2017, the Vancouver Aquarium expanded to become Ocean Wise: a global ocean conservation organization focused on protecting and restoring our world’s oceans. And now the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup will be housed under the Ocean Wise umbrella, too. Soon, you’ll start seeing Ocean Wise on the Shoreline Cleanup website, materials […]

Posted on January 29, 2018 2 min read Continue reading
Shoreline Spotlight: One Man vs. the Microplastics

Today is the 10-year anniversary of a cargo-train derailment near Chuck Hutterli’s town of Mountain Bay, Ontario. Those rail cars contained nurdles — small beads of virgin plastic, about the size of a lentil,  that are melted into new plastic products. Billions of microplastics spilled into Lake Superior that day and Chuck has been fighting […]

Posted on January 21, 2018 3 min read Continue reading
The Dark Side of the Ducky

Happy National Rubber Ducky Day! According to the 1973 Sesame Street calendar, today is the birthday of the famous toy. National Rubber Ducky Day is a chance to reflect on childhood days with a favourite yellow bath toy, but there’s another side to this story about how rubber duckies impact oceans around the world. Did […]

Posted on January 13, 2018 3 min read Continue reading
Cleaning Canada's Shorelines: 2017 in Review

The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup looks back on cleaning the country, from top to bottom, left to right. Canada is a country molded by shoreline; we have more of it than any other nation in the world. Thousands of lakes, rivers, and streams carry litter to over 243,000 kilometres of saltwater shoreline across Canada. That’s […]

Posted on December 20, 2017 3 min read Continue reading
A Tale of (Cleaning) Two Cities

Every month, the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup leads a backyard cleanup at the Toronto and Vancouver offices. Obviously, these cleanups look very different depending on where they happen. In Toronto,  the team is based out of the Centre for Social Innovation’s Annex building  in a vibrant, west-end university neighbourhood. In Vancouver, the office is located […]

Posted on December 13, 2017 2 min read Continue reading

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