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Five Reasons to Clean Every Season

Would you be surprised to hear that when we think of Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanups we think of a sunny spring day, a warm summer breeze, leaves changing colours, and snowflakes gently falling on the ground? That’s because when it comes to shoreline litter, we believe every season is the perfect season to clean it […]

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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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Thrill of the Hunt: Shoreline Cleanup Geocaching

There’s a certain thrill that comes along with a Shoreline Cleanup. Picking up a plastic straw or food wrapper can be so rewarding that it spurs you into action to see how much more you can collect off a shoreline. Now, imagine adding a search for a hidden prize to your litter hunt — now […]

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Celebrating Shoreline Leadership

The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup team is incredibly grateful and proud to celebrate a record number of volunteers last year, with participation from well over 76,000 people of all ages and backgrounds. This milestone could not have been achieved without the help of our amazing site coordinators who organized and motivated teams in every province […]

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Five Things I Learned in Japan About Shoreline Litter

Shoreline litter is a huge, global, and overwhelming problem. Working towards solving this issue involves having serious discussions and collaborating with people from around the world in order to come up with large scale solutions. Two years ago I was invited to Japan by JEAN for a week-long event about marine debris left behind after […]

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West Coast Trail Styrofoam Monsters

By Rachel Schoeler, Shoreline Cleanup volunteer, swimmable water advocate and avid open water swimmer  Styrofoam monsters the size of grown adults, never-ending pits of plastic bottles and mazes of rope that will make your head spin. This describes a shoreline cleanup I recently attended along the West Coast Trail in Pacific Rim National Park with […]

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An Awesome Wave

The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup started in 1994, when a handful of Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre employees and volunteers decided to coordinate a cleanup in Stanley Park to help protect local wildlife. Twenty-two years later, the Shoreline Cleanup has grown into the largest conservation-based cleanup program in Canada, with more than 2,000 cleanups and […]

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White Islet Steller Sea Lion Disentanglement

We love sharing our stories with you, and now the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre has a new “immersive” way of doing so, with 360 video. Vancouver Aquarium videographer Stephen Hargreaves joined our Marine Mammal Rescue Team recently, as they made a trip to Sechelt to save a young Steller sea lion from the packing […]

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