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David Suzuki honoured by Howe Sound First Nations

June 15, 2015 | Leave a comment

By Theresa Beer, Communications Specialist. Reprinted at SustainableHoweSound.ca

With stunning Howe Sound as backdrop, David Suzuki was honoured by, and adopted into, the Squamish Nation during the Blue Dot Tour stop at Porteau Cove in November, 2014.

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Day three: Coastal Connections Tour with David Suzuki

June 4, 2015 | Leave a comment
Photo: Day three: Coastal Connections Tour with David Suzuki

(Credit: Janice Williams)

By Panos Grames, Communications Specialist

It's truly impossible to predict how a day will unfold. Even one when you do everything you plan — wake with your alarm, go to work in the usual way, hit all your scheduled appointments and meetings, go to sleep at the usual time — because you can never foresee your conversations with people or your interactions with the world around you. And that's where things can get very, very interesting.

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Day One: Coastal Connections Tour with David Suzuki Nanaimo, B.C. Reflections from the West Coast

June 2, 2015 | Leave a comment
Photo: Day One: Coastal Connections Tour with David Suzuki Nanaimo, B.C. Reflections from the West Coast

Credit: Janice Williams

By Panos Grames, Communications specialist

The month of June is usually a time when British Columbians are looking forward to drier weather and sunshine brings us outdoors. This past month, however, was alarmingly dry. When we started our Coastal Connections Tour with David Suzuki in Nanaimo on June 1, the coastal city had just gone through the third driest May in over 100 years. It was an apt, yet disturbing, start to our 12-day tour of Vancouver Island and the central and north coasts of British Columbia to talk about oceans and climate change.

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Five reasons to have a sole-ful meal

May 27, 2015 | Leave a comment
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Fried sole is a classic dish that never gets old. (Credit: lhongchou via flickr)

By Public Engagement Specialist Kyle Empringham

If you're looking for a tasty and affordable seafood option for your next meal, consider sole.

Sole is related to a whole suite of flatfish, often marketed as flounder, halibut, plaice, sanddab and turbot. Pacific flatfish, like their Atlantic counterparts, are known as "hirame" when prepared for sushi.

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Sea lice: An old problem that won't go away

May 20, 2015 | Leave a comment
Photo: Sea lice: An old problem that won't go away

(Credit: Watershed Watch via Flickr)

By John Werring, senior science and policy adviser

Some things — like sea lice — just won't go away. Sea lice are a naturally occurring parasite of ocean fish and need hosts to survive. A sea louse's preferred host is an adult salmon, and the more fish there are in the water the greater the number of lice. Since wild salmon migrate, sea lice numbers in waters near the shore are typically low when the salmon are at sea and spike when the salmon return in the fall. When juvenile salmon migrate out of their home streams in the spring and enter the salt water, sea lice numbers are usually low (because they have no hosts to feed on during the winter), so encounters between fish and lice are fairly rare. There have been very few documented events where natural sea lice numbers are so high that they actually become a problem for wild fish.

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