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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 […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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Weekly Ocean News 

How seagrass helps curb ocean acidification; the brown crab's surprising relationship with fibreoptic cables and more in this week's Ocean News.

Ecosystems and Biodiversity Seagrass beds play a vital role in biodiversity, acting as nurseries for 20% of the world’s fisheries, including small fish and crustaceans that become prey for larger animals. Recent research has shown that these simple flowering plants could play an important role in buffering climate change. Seagrass filters the water column of […]

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Top Tools for Tracking Abuse in Seafood 

Human-rights and environmental abuses are a growing problem in the seafood supply chain. Find out how to spot the problem players.

Seafood supply chains are complicated. A single seafood item can travel from one country to the next, on boats and freight trucks, to the processing facility, to the domestic distributor, to the international distributor and… you get the idea.Having so many points in the supply chain can lead to some murky dealing. The complexity of […]

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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, […]

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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% […]

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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 […]

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