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When is carbon coloured blue?

August 5, 2015 | Leave a comment
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(Credit: Alan Harper via Flickr)

By Anu Rao, marine planning specialist

We all know about kitchen sinks, but what about carbon sinks? These are ecosystems that suck greenhouse gases out of the air and store them in plants or in the soil under the plants. The gases stored in aquatic habitats are called blue carbon. When plants photosynthesize, they pull carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and store it in their roots and shoots. When they die and get buried in the sediment-laden water that flows into estuaries, this stored carbon is released through decomposition and captured in estuary soils. These richly organic soils can capture and store up to five times more atmospheric carbon than rainforests, an important function as the effects of climate change become increasingly severe.

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What the hake? B.C.'s largest fishery is turning fish into fish meal

July 30, 2015 | Leave a comment
Photo: What the hake? B.C.'s largest fishery is turning fish into fish meal

Hake: food or feed? (Credit: Artizone via Flickr)

By Scott Wallace, senior research scientist

Few Canadians know that the largest fishery on B.C.'s coast is for Pacific hake. Although it's a food-grade fish, the federal government granted permission last week, for the first time in nearly 30 years, to allow catches to be converted into fish meal.

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The joy of converting brown to green

July 29, 2015 | Leave a comment
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By Anuradha Rao, Marine Planning Specialist

I remember the first time I helped clean up a brown site devoid of nature. A month later, the new growth was overwhelming, as if all the plants were saying, "Thank you." This sparked my interest in ecological restoration.

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Salmon: The latest casualties of climate change

July 15, 2015 | Leave a comment
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(Photo credit: Jeffery Young)

Guest blog by Mark Angelo, a river conservationist, writer, teacher and paddler who founded B.C. Rivers Day and World Rivers Day

The long stretch of hot, dry weather in B.C. this summer is great for outdoor recreation. It's not so good, however, for local streams and the wildlife they support. I've spent lots of time in creeks close to my home in Burnaby in Metro Vancouver lately and I've never seen water levels so low this early in the summer. We're already seeing conditions in many creeks that you would normally expect to see in late August.

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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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