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Protecting the Arctic “Doughnut Hole” from Commercial Fishing

It’s not every day that we have reason to celebrate good news about the ocean, but this week, we do. A new international fishing agreement protecting the Arctic high seas is a game-changer for marine life and the Indigenous peoples who rely on it for social, cultural, economic and nutritional sustenance. On Thursday November 30, […]

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Changing Climate and Culture

“We call it ‘nuna,’” says Mia Otokiak, gesturing to the ground covered in inch-high willow and moss. Nuna means “land” in Inuinnaqtun, and yet it means so much more in Inuit communities across Canada’s North. The nuna is where Inuit like Mia hunt, travel, and reconnect with their roots. In summer, when the nuna becomes […]

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Diving Arctic Waters

This past August, four Ocean Wise divers motored to a remote Arctic islet to conduct a BioBlitz survey. A BioBlitz is a snapshot of Canada’s biodiversity, recorded by scientists and citizen scientists, to mark the country’s 150th anniversary. As one of 35 Bioblitz events coordinated by the Canadian Wildlife Federation, and made possible in part […]

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Arctic Field Notes: Narwhal Study

With only a short window of time to gather data, multiple teams from Ocean Wise spent their summer in the Arctic for ongoing research. Studies included the distribution of microplastics in Arctic waters; tagging and tracking narwhals, Greenland sharks and other Arctic species; physical oceanography; research to monitor communication between mother beluga whales and their […]

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Arctic Summer

Summer is the coolest season for a contingent of Ocean Wise scientists spending weeks in Canada’s Arctic, gathering data about fragile ecosystems and little-known species in this rapidly changing region. With only a short window of time to gather data, multiple teams are spending their summer in the region for ongoing research. Studies underway include […]

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A Win for Wild Places

Big news for Canada’s Arctic! Tallurutiup Imanga, or Lancaster Sound, is located in the rugged northeastern region of Nunavut and is recognized internationally as one of the most significant ecological areas in the world. Ocean Wise welcomes the announcement by Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, establishing the Tallurutiup Imanga/Lancaster Sound National […]

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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 […]

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Arctic Inspiration Prize Allows Ikaarvik to Expand

In 2013, we were honoured to become a Laureate of the Arctic Inspiration Prize for a program called Ikaarvik: Barriers to Bridges. The Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre leads Ikaarvik, a program that works with Arctic youth to be the bridge between their communities and science and between generations within their communities. Youth identify important […]

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