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Ocean Wise Applauds Canada and 5 G7 Countries Committed to Reducing Plastic Pollution

Today’s adoption of a global plastics charter by five G-7 countries, including Canada, to target single-use plastic waste reduction is a timely and significant step for protection of our world’s oceans. “As an organization dedicated to tackling ocean plastic pollution, Ocean Wise supports this global commitment, led by Canada with some of the world’s most […]

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Holiday Giving Reaches New Depths

Sustainable giving has never been so simple. That’s why this year it’s time to take things to the next level…to sea level, that is. Make a splash this holiday season and give ocean-friendly gifts that make a difference by supporting the conservation of marine life, reducing carbon emissions and plastic use, and encouraging sustainable seafood […]

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Our Superstar Site Coordinators

We recently celebrated our 2016 Site Coordinator Achievement Award winners for the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup. As you can imagine, it was an extremely hard selection process seeing as we think all our cleanup volunteers are the best. In fact, it was such a difficult decision that we just had to include some equally amazing […]

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Plastic-Free Holiday Dinner

The air is crisp, the days are shorter and the holidays are fast approaching. It got me thinking about how I could make my holidays a little greener. With all the gift wrapping, decorations, and parties, it can be quite challenging to keep it environmentally friendly. I decided this year to see if I could […]

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Animal Rescues: Going International

Entanglement by marine debris is a serious issue plaguing California and Steller sea lions along the west coast of North America. Ghost fishing gear, including nets and ropes, and discarded trash such as the plastic strapping used in packaging and shipping, become snared around the necks of the marine mammals, often killing them as they […]

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Universal Language of Shoreline Cleanups

Does a shoreline cleanup in a different country speak a different language? We had the unique opportunity to connect with cleanup teams in Spain and Sweden to find out. We begin in Spain where Dolf DeJong, Vancouver Aquarium general manager and former vice president of conservation and education at the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre, […]

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Five Firework Cleanup Tips

The annual Celebration of Light in Vancouver is a great excuse to get outside and enjoy your local beach, park or shoreline. Though most everyone enjoys a good firework show, our Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup team can’t help but think of the enormous piles of litter that get left behind by the crowds heading home after […]

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Will Banning The Microbead Protect Ocean Life?

Last week, the federal government followed through on a unanimous 2015 House of Commons motion to ban plastics from personal care products and plastic microbeads have been listed as a toxic substance under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA). This significant and important step will ensure that personal care products such as skin care scrubs […]

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