Healthy Oceans archives

  • Scott Wallace, Sustainable Fisheries Analyst explains why the spring herring spawn is the ecological event of the year on the Pacific Coast.

    Pacific Underwater: herring's spring fling

    March 13, 2012

    Scott Wallace, Sustainable Fisheries Analyst at the David Suzuki Foundation, thinks the annual herring spawn is the most ecologically significant event of the year on the Pacific coast. He compares it to the great migrations in Africa, but says that because this migration is underwater, few of us notice. More »

  • Photo: Pondering the power of an acidified ocean

    Pondering the power of an acidified ocean

    March 5, 2012

    Burning fossil fuels is the largest contributor to ocean acidification, and all of this "extra" carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is having many effects all over the planet. More »

  • World Oceans Summit in Singapore

    February 29, 2012

    The World Oceans Summit saw global political, business and science leaders standing up to say that we have the solutions for our ocean, and we're willing to work together to solve them. It's time that Canada does its share of the work — the payoff is too great to ignore. More »

  • Pacific Underwater: Lingcod in February

    February 23, 2012

    Scott Wallace explains why he was once bit on the head by a lingcod. More »

  • Pacific Underwater: Salmon in February

    February 10, 2012

    There's a lot of action out in the Pacific Ocean this week. Millions of salmon are on their way to the coastal waters of British Columbia, back from an annual journey that has taken them thousands of kilometers out into the north and western Pacific. More »

  • Photo: Royal Society calls mayday for Canada's oceans

    Royal Society calls mayday for Canada's oceans

    February 7, 2012

    On February 2nd, ten prominent marine research scientists affiliated with the Royal Society of Canada released a comprehensive report about the state of our oceans. They don't like what they... More »

  • We are the oceans

    January 31, 2012

    Whether we eat fish or not, we are directly affected by the state of the oceans. Yet, we continue to overfish our waters and spew toxins and garbage into our rivers, lakes and oceans with little thought to the impact on the planet and our health. More »

  • Photo: Remembering Canada's Forgotten Ocean

    Remembering Canada's Forgotten Ocean

    January 26, 2012

    If you live on the coast, or know about the ecology of the Pacific Ocean, we welcome contributions and comments. So please write to us at or comment on this blog to help chronicle and celebrate a year in the life of the Pacific Ocean. More »

  • Photo: The best laid plans of cruise ship captains and pipeline builders

    The best laid plans of cruise ship captains and pipeline builders

    January 23, 2012

    The cruise ship Costa Concordia used "the most up-to-date of technologies and the best practices anywhere in the world." It's clear that these "best practices" probably didn't include Captain Schettino deciding to wave hello to a friend on shore. We humans are an unpredictable bunch. More »

  • Photo: Beneath Cold Seas

    Beneath Cold Seas

    December 21, 2011

    Most of us imagine Canada's Pacific coastal waters to be grey, with a few tinges of green. To find bright colours, you need to go to tropical coral reefs, right? More »