Healthy Oceans archives

  • Photo: It's time to end the sewage treatment war in Victoria

    It's time to end the sewage treatment war in Victoria

    December 11, 2013

    The Victoria sewage debate has been swirling for decades, but it's the same anti-treatment advocates sowing seeds of discontent. More than 80 per cent of citizens in the CRD support sewage treatment. The current proposal may not be a perfect plan, but it is a long overdue one. Continuing to delay action can only put our health and our ecosystem's health in further peril. More »

  • Photo: You gotta be shipping me -- our humpback friend

    You gotta be shipping me — our humpback friend "KC" was hit by a boat

    November 30, 2013

    Collisions with giant tankers and container ships are a leading cause of whale deaths worldwide. You don't have to be a marine biologist to understand increased tanker traffic will kill and injure even more whales if the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway project and Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion are approved. More »

  • Photo: Pacific Underwater: Halibut - The story of the sideways swimmer

    Pacific Underwater: Halibut — The story of the sideways swimmer

    November 16, 2013

    The surface of Vancouver harbour was once covered with millions of Pacific halibut. More »

  • Get crabby for the holidays with delicious Dungeness crab

    November 13, 2013

    What is one to do this holiday season when planning platters of hors d'oeuvres to joyously share with friends and family? For the person who wonders about the impacts of large agricultural operations on the health of our planet, that go-to ring of succulent farmed shrimp in your grocer's freezer may start to lose some of its luster. Don't despair. You have options. More »

  • The storied mackerel: highly sustainable, rich in flavour and history

    October 2, 2013

    Looking for a richly flavoured fish high in Omega-3s and high on the SeaChoice "Best Choice" seafood options list? Look no further than the shimmery mackerel. More »

  • Photo: Pacific Underwater: You light up my life! Underwater bioluminescence

    Pacific Underwater: You light up my life! Underwater bioluminescence

    September 27, 2013

    The phenomenon of bioluminescence is just one of the beautiful mysteries in our oceans. More than 90 per cent of the deep-sea depths remain unexplored, so we must carefully and consciously conserve marine ecosystems to protect species we have yet to discover. More »

  • Photo: There's hope: Canada's largest and most endangered fish spotted off Canada's West Coast

    There's hope: Canada's largest and most endangered fish spotted off Canada's West Coast

    September 25, 2013

    Seeing a basking shark in B.C. waters these days is like seeing a sasquatch. But on August 8 off the northwest coast of Vancouver Island, researcher Wendy Szaniszlo was fortunate to observe and photograph a seven-metre long basking shark. More »

  • Photo: One man. One fish. One arrow.

    One man. One fish. One arrow.

    September 24, 2013

    The story of Canadian swordfishing in the North Atlantic, and especially of the remaining harpooners who practice a method of harvest that dates back more than three thousand years, provides a drama in microcosm of the problems and challenges of every modern fishery I can think of. The dynamics are the same whether one looks at the bluefin tuna fisheries in Japan, South Australia, and the Mediterranean, or at the struggle for access to resources in Mexico's Sea of Cortez. More »

  • Pacific Underwater: If two ships pass in the night, does anybody hear?

    September 13, 2013

    If you were to dunk your head into the cold coastal waters off British Columbia during the month of September, what do you think you would hear? More »

  • Pacific Sardines: a small fish with a small "seafood print", but mighty in rich oils

    August 27, 2013

    Extremely popular in the United States in the 20th century, sardines are now making a comeback as people realize they are an incredibly rich source of omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin D and that, because they are small fish at the bottom of the food chain, they are not as likely to contain concentrated amounts of contaminants such as mercury and PCBs. Try this delicious recipe by chef Karen Barnaby and be amazed by the incredibly rich flavour of this little fish. More »