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Gwaii Haanas: Where marine protection and ecotourism meet and flourish

September 25, 2014 | Leave a comment
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Gwaii Haanas (Credit: Bryan Jackson via Flickr)

By Theresa Beer, communications specialist

British Columbia's Gwaii Haanas — Island(s) of Beauty in the Haida language — demonstrates how marine protection and eco-tourism can support each other and strengthen communities. I was fortunate this summer to have a first-hand view of this relationship on board a schooner called Passing Cloud.

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Want to save money and the planet? Slow down and think about your food

September 22, 2014 | Leave a comment
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Chef Ian Lai (right) shows our community kitchen participants how to fillet a sockeye. (Credit: Barry J Brady photography)

By Kyle Empringham, Public Engagement Specialist

Chef Ian Lai showed that a few ingredients and the right technique can go a long way to create a delicious, cost-efficient, sustainable seafood meal at our Vancouver community kitchen session September 10.

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Iconic fish with superb flavour

September 22, 2014 | Leave a comment
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Sockeye salmon (Orcorhynchus nerka) are known for their intense colour and delicious, rich flavour. Wild sockeye from Alaska's well-managed fisheries caught by drift gillnet, purse seine and troll fishing methods are considered a SeaChoice "Best Choice" green label. Sockeye from Washington caught by reefnet are also considered a "Best Choice" due to low bycatch.

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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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