Weekly Ocean News
Big moves to make cigarette filters ocean-friendly; Maine's coastal waters break record highs; and more in this week's Ocean News.
Plastics There are fewer microplastics in ocean surfaces than expected — what gives? Scientists are using polystyrene beads (also known as microbeads and recently banned in Canadian cosmetics) to find out. Studies show that even low-density plastics, which would normally float, clump together with biological particles in the water and sink to the seabed. Microplastics don’t […]
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 […]
Welcome Deirdre Finn!
The new manager of Ocean Wise Seafood talks aquaculture, new horizons and why she's really digging bivalves these days.
Diving in the Arctic Unknown
Ocean Wise Arctic Dive Team goes diving from the One Ocean Expeditions’ cruise vessel Akademik Ioffe
A specialized team of diving researchers from Ocean Wise is wrapping up a trip to the High Arctic this week, diving at underwater sites near Resolute, Nunavut that have never been explored before, and documenting the marine life that inhabits them. The research is possible because of an innovative partnership between Ocean Wise and One […]
Proud & Loud After Hours
Pride Week 2018 brought drag queens, contests, and sex talks to the Vancouver Aquarium.
It was not a typical After Hours at the Vancouver Aquarium last Thursday. Guests dressed in their finest drag: lycra tights, rainbow sashes and ribbons, purple tutus, electric-pink wigs, fishnet stockings and more for —you guessed it — Pride Week! With high-energy drag performances from drag queen Carlotta Gurl (a first-ever for After Hours!) and shocking aquatic animal […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]