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Canada's ocean protection ripple could become a wave

June 8, 2017
Photo: Canada's ocean protection ripple could become a wave

By Susanna D. Fuller, Sabine Jessen, Linda Nowlan and Bill Wareham

Twenty-five years after Canada proposed the idea of World Oceans Day to the United Nations, people around the world are still celebrating on June 8. It's also a time to reflect.

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Fisheries and Oceans' funding welcomed

June 1, 2017
Photo: Fisheries and Oceans' funding welcomed

(Credit: Jeffery Young)

By Jeffery Young, senior science and policy analyst

For more than a decade, scientists and environmental groups called on the federal government to invest in basic operations tasked to the Fisheries and Oceans Canada. Fisheries and Oceans Minister Dominic LeBlanc announced on May 31 that the federal government is reinvesting about $1.35 billion into those operations. This funding will help cover fisheries stock assessment (e.g., counting fish) and enforcement (e.g., hiring fisheries officers to enforce the Fisheries Act). We're still waiting for more details, and a lot of this money will also be allocated to basic infrastructure needs like ships and radar stations, but we were encouraged to hear that essential Fisheries and Oceans functions will be restored.

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Lead your own beach bioblitz!

May 30, 2017
Photo: Lead your own beach bioblitz!

(Credit: Stephen Morgan)

At a bioblitz, volunteer citizen scientists observe species in a specific location within a limited time. It's a fun way to get outside, discover the wonders of biodiversity and collect valuable data.

Lead your own beach bioblitz! Choose a favourite nearby shoreline. Get family and friends together. Use the free iNaturalist mobile app. You can download it here for iPhone and here for Android.

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Is it time to celebrate plans for largest marine protected area in Canada?

May 25, 2017
Photo: Is it time to celebrate plans for largest marine protected area in Canada?

(Credit: John Hillard via flickr)

By Panos Grames, Senior Communications Specialist

The federal government deserves a pat on the back for its announcement on May 24 that it plans to protect 140,000 square kilometres of ocean off the west coast of Vancouver Island, stretching out to the western edge of Canada's 200-mile exclusive economic zone. Covering an area twice the size of New Brunswick, this proposed marine protected area would encompass spectacular seamounts (underwater mountains) and hydrothermal vents, which have important ecosystem functions.

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Keeping oceans wild means leaving Wild West approach behind

February 15, 2017
Photo: Keeping oceans wild means leaving Wild West approach behind

(Credit: Living Oceans Society)

By Panos Grames, Senior Communications Specialist

Glass sponge reefs, gigantic container ships, climate change, humpback whales, rights and title claims, commercial fishing, kayakers, tiny islands with millions of nesting seabirds, recreational fishing lodges, marine mammal breeding grounds, renewable energy sites—these are just a few of the many elements competing for space in Canada's Pacific coastal waters.

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