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B.C.'s trawl fisheries recognized for conservation achievements

January 12, 2015 | Leave a comment

By Scott Wallace, senior research scientist

Seafood assessments are usually released to little fanfare. But today's Seafood Watch assessment release should be heralded as a significant milestone for Canada's Pacific groundfish fisheries. For nearly 150 years commercial groundfish fisheries off B.C.'s coast have targeted species such as halibut, lingcod, soles, flounders, Pacific cod and rockfish. The fishery has gone through periods of exploration, over-exploitation, stability and boom-and-bust. Now, it is honing in on sustainability.

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Four sustainable seafood options for a healthy New Year

January 7, 2015 | Leave a comment
Photo: Four sustainable seafood options for a healthy New Year

(Credit: Nicole de Beaufort via flickr)

by Kyle Empringham, Public Engagement Specialist

Whether you're starting a new food regimen or looking for ways to improve your health, seafood can help. Our oceans contain a wealth of nutritionally dense, high calorie-per-volume foods — and many are sustainably managed.

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Why 2014's record-breaking ocean temperatures matter

December 15, 2014 | Leave a comment
Photo: Why 2014's record-breaking ocean temperatures matter

(Credit: EarthFix via Flickr)

By Jodi Stark, public engagement specialist

Our oceans are changing. They're still wet, salty and filled with fish, whales, clam beds, barnacles, sea birds, plankton, kelp, nudibranchs and billions of other creatures and plants. But sea levels are rising. Seasonal patterns are shifting. New critters are showing up where they've never been seen before. Others are disappearing.

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Orcas give us so much; we give them so little

December 11, 2014 | Leave a comment
Photo: Orcas give us so much; we give them so little

J32 Rhapsody, left, swimming with her cousin J34 DoubleStuf. 2012 photo. (Credit: Miles Ritter via Flickr)

Scott Wallace, Senior Research Scientist

As a marine biologist, I have had the privilege of learning about killer whales over many years. When I explore the B.C. coast with my family, sighting orcas is always a highlight of our outings. When I heard a southern resident killer whale, known as J-32 or Rhapsody, had died and washed ashore up the coast from where I live, I packed up my two children and left the house to bear witness.

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Helping childhood cancer patients with sustainable herring

November 25, 2014 | Leave a comment
Photo: Helping childhood cancer patients with sustainable herring

(Credit: Fishermen Helping Kids with Cancer)

A team of local fishers raised $225,000 in four years for cancer patients at B.C. Children's Hospital by selling folks the humble, but delicious, herring.

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