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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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On Assignment: A Win and a Loss for Mediterranean Turtles

There are few things as rewarding as releasing a rescued and rehabilitated animal back into its natural habitat. As part of the eastern Valencian community stranding network, the Oceanografic Aquarium in Valencia, Spain works in partnership with the Ministry of Agriculture, Environment, Climate Change and Rural Development and the University of Valencia. In 2015, this […]

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Shoreline Cleanup 101

Registration is now open for the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup, presented by Loblaw Companies Limited. Each year, thousands of Canadians pitch in to keep our waterways free of litter and debris. Behind each clean is a volunteer Site Coordinator who organizes and leads a cleanup at their local waterway and empowers community members to make a […]

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Art, Aliens and Radiation

Art, Aliens and Radiation…weird mix, right? But those three topics came together at our public event on Monday March 9, which we held to mark the fifth anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami that rocked Japan on March 11, 2011, giving rise to the Fukushima nuclear disaster. We welcomed three experts to the Vancouver Aquarium […]

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One Seal Pup's Happy Ending Highlights Dangers of Marine Debris

The nearly 60,000 Canadians who participated in our Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanups last year know first-hand how small actions can add up to create a big impact. Something as simple as getting colleagues together to spend a lunch hour cleaning a local shoreline can eliminate kilograms of harmful debris from our waterways. Unfortunately, small, often thoughtless, […]

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Sharing Resources, Making Connections at GLOBE

As a leading conservation, research and educational organization dedicated to protecting the world’s oceans, Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre is proud to be participating in the GLOBE 2016 conference, held this week in Vancouver. Following on the heels of the Paris Climate Summit, GLOBE brings together international leaders in the business, policy and political sphere […]

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Spotlight on: Site Coordinator Linda Leitch

The beaches on Haida Gwaii have always been a magnet for the flotsam and jetsam that circles the Pacific. The archipelago sits off shore from the mainland and reaches out into the currents and wild winds of Open Ocean. Some beaches collect the debris and display it for a while and then it’s simply swept […]

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