Healthy Oceans archives

  • 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 »

  • Photo: An opportunity for B.C. salmon fisheries to catch up with the pack

    An opportunity for B.C. salmon fisheries to catch up with the pack

    August 21, 2013

    Some BC salmon seine fishermen targeting pink salmon appear to be breaking the law by mishandling other salmon species incidentally caught. These "bycatch" species include chum and sockeye salmon, some of which come from stocks at risk. More »

  • Photo: Carving a legacy: commemorating Gwaii Hanaas National Park 20 years later

    Carving a legacy: commemorating Gwaii Hanaas National Park 20 years later

    August 12, 2013

    This week, we will witness recent events that will become legacy in Haida Gwaii: the raising of the first totem pole in over 130 years within the boundaries of Gwaii Haanas National Park, commemorating 20 years since the park was founded. More »

  • Photo: Shark Week: code of conduct reflects changing relationship with sharks

    Shark Week: code of conduct reflects changing relationship with sharks

    August 9, 2013

    Humans and sharks have been portrayed as having a predator-prey relationship with humans incorrectly being seen as potential prey rather than predator. The shark code of conduct, although not likely to be a catchy media topic, is a significant step toward shark conservation on Canada's Pacific coast. Some good news for shark week. More »

  • Photo: B.C. fisheries management makes waves overseas

    B.C. fisheries management makes waves overseas

    August 6, 2013

    The success story behind BC's groundfish fisheries collaboration with environmental groups was recognized recently at the international Fishing Into The Future workshop hosted by HRH Prince Charles. The improvements to BC's groundfish fisheries offer a beacon of hope that future generations can continue to enjoy the rewards from sustainable fisheries, and a healthy ocean, for many years. More »