Ocean Protection

Harbour seals rest on log booms at Flavelle Mill in Port Hardy. With recent announcements the mill will be getting rid of the log booms, Dr. David Rosen sees an opportunity to study how the disappearance of this highly-frequented refuge for the seals will alter their behaviour in Burrard Inlet. (Photo supplied by David Rosen)

What the heck is going on with marine mamals in Vancouver waterways?

UBC researcher asks why they’re returning, and what role we’re playing

 

Surfrider Pacific Rim’s Michelle Hall and Lilly Woodbury raise their marine debris buckets to eliminating single-use plastics and creating a thriving Canadian circular economy. (Nora O’Malley photo)

Canada’s plastic advancement is viewed a win for the West Coast

“This is a victory for the ongoing history of environmental activism on the West Coast.”

 

Washed up plastics on log fields. (Simon Ager / Maple Leaf Adventures photo)

Inside the ongoing mission to scrub clean B.C.’s wild beaches

Six-week coastal expedition going to run out of time before it runs out of garbage

 

Tourism operators pivot from guiding to beach cleaning

Tourism operators pivot from guiding to beach cleaning

Corona killed their tours, but created a great opportunity to do a shoreline clean

Tourism operators pivot from guiding to beach cleaning
Volunteers made a “Plastic Goddess” from some of the debris at last year’s beach clean-up of Baynes Sound and Denman Island. File photo by Gerry Ambury

DFO defends ‘ghost gear’ clean-up grants around Vancouver Island

Association of Denman Island Marine Stewards want more enforcement in region

Volunteers made a “Plastic Goddess” from some of the debris at last year’s beach clean-up of Baynes Sound and Denman Island. File photo by Gerry Ambury
A diver inspects one of B.C.’s glass sponge reefs. The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society-BC is calling on the federal government to extend refuge protections for six newly discovered reefs. Dale Sanders photo

B.C. group renews call for protection of newly discovered glass sponge reefs

DFO says public consultation will play heavy role in future protection measures

A diver inspects one of B.C.’s glass sponge reefs. The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society-BC is calling on the federal government to extend refuge protections for six newly discovered reefs. Dale Sanders photo
Mowi Canada West’s Sheep Pass salmon farm was the company’s final B.C. production site to receive certification from the Aquaculture Steward Council. (Photo supplied by Mowi Canada West)
Mowi Canada West’s Sheep Pass salmon farm was the company’s final B.C. production site to receive certification from the Aquaculture Steward Council. (Photo supplied by Mowi Canada West)
Mowi Canada West’s Sheep Pass salmon farm was the company’s final B.C. production site to receive certification from the Aquaculture Steward Council. (Photo supplied by Mowi Canada West)
Mowi Canada West’s Sheep Pass salmon farm was the company’s final B.C. production site to receive certification from the Aquaculture Steward Council. (Photo supplied by Mowi Canada West)
A Lewis’s moonsnail collar, housing thousands of eggs, found on a Vancouver Island beach. (Photo by Jackie Hildering)

Moonsnails’ collar-shaped egg casings intrigue Vancouver Island beachcombers

As pictures of moonsnail collars go viral, the Marine Detective, steps in to educate people

A Lewis’s moonsnail collar, housing thousands of eggs, found on a Vancouver Island beach. (Photo by Jackie Hildering)
Surfrider Pacific Rim staff member Nicole Holman reads Swell by Captain Liz Clarke. (Submitted photo)

Surfrider Pacific Rim: Five ways to protect and enjoy the outdoors while self-isolating

Indulge in a sea-inspired book or bring nature indoors, writes chapter manager

  • Apr 11, 2020
Surfrider Pacific Rim staff member Nicole Holman reads Swell by Captain Liz Clarke. (Submitted photo)
Western Canada Marine Response Corporation staff members Conlan Magel, left, Michael Lowry, and Jamie Ferguson pose with a model Coastal Response Vessel at a March 12 community open house held at the Ucluelet Aquarium. A new Port Alberni-Ucluelet Response Base will soon serve as the primary response centre for spills of the West Coast. (Nora O’Malley photo)

Oil spill response base on track for Ucluelet, Port Alberni

Western Canada Marine Response Corporation host community open house events.

Western Canada Marine Response Corporation staff members Conlan Magel, left, Michael Lowry, and Jamie Ferguson pose with a model Coastal Response Vessel at a March 12 community open house held at the Ucluelet Aquarium. A new Port Alberni-Ucluelet Response Base will soon serve as the primary response centre for spills of the West Coast. (Nora O’Malley photo)
Learn more about Port Alberni’s spill response base at an open house Tuesday, March 10, 2020 at the Best Western Barclay Hotel. (SCREEN SHOT)

West coast marine spill response bases back online for Port Alberni, Ucluelet

Open house planned for March 10 in Port Alberni to go over plans for primary response centre: WCMRC

Learn more about Port Alberni’s spill response base at an open house Tuesday, March 10, 2020 at the Best Western Barclay Hotel. (SCREEN SHOT)
ALL HANDS ON DECK FOR CLEANING UP THE COAST: On July 5, B.C. Minister of Environment and Climate Change George Heyman, Minister for Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation Scott Fraser and MLA for Nanaimo, Sheila Malcolmson, joined representatives from Surfrider Pacific Rim, the Ucluelet Aquarium, local First Nations, the District of Tofino and the District of Ucluelet for collaborative beach cleaning of George Fraser Islands. (Nora OMalley / Westerly News)

Ministers, MLA Malcolmson tackle Coast’s plastic pollution

“British Columbians are very aware of plastic pollution and they want us to do something about it.”

ALL HANDS ON DECK FOR CLEANING UP THE COAST: On July 5, B.C. Minister of Environment and Climate Change George Heyman, Minister for Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation Scott Fraser and MLA for Nanaimo, Sheila Malcolmson, joined representatives from Surfrider Pacific Rim, the Ucluelet Aquarium, local First Nations, the District of Tofino and the District of Ucluelet for collaborative beach cleaning of George Fraser Islands. (Nora OMalley / Westerly News)