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Pacific Underwater: Stinky minke

September 3, 2014 | Leave a comment
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(Credit: Kat Middleton)

By Kat Middleton, Western Region Science and Policy Intern

Sitting at the top of a cliff overlooking the sheltered coastal waters of Johnstone Strait, British Columbia, I heard a faint breath from the water below. It was summer in the home of B.C.'s largest killer whale population, so I was expecting a big, black fin to break the water's surface. Surprise! It was a minke whale quietly swimming along the shore! The water was so deep and clear, I could see every detail from nose to tail.

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Invasive crabs: Green isn't always good

August 27, 2014 | Leave a comment
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Scott Wallace, senior research scientist at the David Suzuki Foundation, holds a green crab specimen. (credit: Scott Wallace)

by Scott Wallace, senior research scientist

Green is usually a good thing when talking about the environment, but not when talking about the invasive European green crab, which is becoming more common in B.C.'s intertidal zones. In mid-August, I was kayaking in one of the most remote areas of Vancouver Island when I observed my first green crab up a narrow inlet and above a traditional First Nations fish weir. I've been casually looking since 1999 when I first heard of their presence on the coast. Now, without really looking, I came across two live crabs and a recent moult (they shed their exoskeletons when growing) within a few minutes.

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Shark week: straight from the shark's mouth

August 14, 2014 | Leave a comment
Photo: Shark week: straight from the shark's mouth

(Credit: Ecology Action Centre)

Special guest column by Hector the Blue Shark, spokes-shark for the Ecology Action Centre's Marine Program in Halifax, NS.

Shark Week is here! While I like all the attention I get this week — you can find me on social media ranting at the latest Could-Megalon-Really-Exist?, No-It-Definitely-Couldn't, But-We-Are-Going-To-Mislead-The-Heck-Outta-You-Anyway Shark Week special — I'd like to talk about things that hit a bit closer to home: some of the real problems sharks face in Atlantic Canada.

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Dogfish aren't trash fish

August 13, 2014 | Leave a comment
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(Credit: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)

By Kyle Empringham, Public Engagement Specialist

Poor dogfish! They've been labelled "trash fish" because west coast commercial fisheries typically discard them. But should we be tossing them — or eating them?

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Canada's fisheries: shark friends or foes?

August 11, 2014 | Leave a comment
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This basking shark is shocked. (Credit: NOAA Fisheries Service. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.)

By Scott Wallace, Senior Research Scientist

Sharks are usually associated with tropical waters, so few people know Canada has sharks and shark fisheries. This Shark Week, we're asking: Just how shark-friendly are Canadian fisheries?

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