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The spiny dogfish made history when it was certified as the world’s first sustainable shark fishery in 2011

Wildlife

The great green shark hunt 

Can British Columbia’s spiny dogfish make the grade as the world’s first “sustainable” shark fishery?

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Richmond B.C. fishing fleet at sunset

Wildlife

Dozens of Canadian fish stocks in critical condition: report

Advocacy group says action plans are urgently needed for the recovery of 26 dangerously depleted fish populations

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Minister Wilkinson

Environment

Fisheries Minister Jonathan Wilkinson on the future of Canada’s oceans

The new Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard sits down with Canadian Geographic for an exclusive interview on a range of topics, from salmon to whales to ‘last ice’

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Daniel Pauly, author of Vanishing Fish

Environment

Where have all the fish gone?

In his new book, Vanishing Fish: Shifting Baselines and the Future of Global Fisheries, marine biologist Daniel Pauly examines the perilous state of the world's fisheries

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Wildlife

Fisheries and species at risk acts failing, says study

Threatened and endangered marine fishes, which are in the most need of conservation measures, fare the worst under the Species at Risk Act and the Fisheries Act

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Science & Tech

Articles

Wildlife

How Canada is fighting illegal fishing

Illegal fishing is one of the greatest challenges to ensuring the sustainability of ocean resources, says Fisheries and Oceans Canada

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right whale bay of fundy

Wildlife

Fisheries minister addresses recent spate of right whale deaths

Ten caracasses of the critically endangered whale have been found in the past two months. 

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Kim Elmslie, Campaign Director, Oceana Canada with MP Fin Donnelly

Environment

Canada bans import and export of shark fins

The ban is one of several significant and long-awaited changes to the federal Fisheries Act that passed Tuesday, including new provisions to rebuild depleted fish stocks

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Fishermen harvest northern cod in southeast Newfoundland

Environment

Newfoundland’s cod industry poised for a rebound

After a total collapse of Grand Banks fisheries in the 1990s, the cod are coming back. This time, the Canadian government and Newfoundland fish harvesters are ready to manage the stocks sustainably.

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Environment

Excerpt: The Ocean’s Whistleblower

David Grémillet explores the remarkable life and work of fisheries scientist Daniel Pauly

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Wildlife

Environment

Environment

Most of Canada’s marine fish stocks are unhealthy: report

Less than 25 per cent of Canada’s marine fish are considered healthy, and the status of 45 per cent of stocks couldn’t be determined because data didn’t exist or was outdated

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Fishermen hauling up cod in a net

Environment

Study of 500 years of cod catch data shows collapse could have been avoided

Canada missed a chance to rebuild northern cod stocks in the 1980s, highlighting the importance of taking a long view of fisheries management, researchers say

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Environment

New film shows three-decade old cod collapse even more relevant today

The animated short film called Last Fish, First Boat recounts the 1992 cod moratorium

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Environment

How breeding bottom feeders will help revolutionize fish farming

New Brunswick-bred sea cucumbers and urchins could soon be used to help clean up fish farms

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Environment

What lies beneath: Ghost gear in our oceans

Ghost gear — lost or abandoned fishing gear — is a major problem in our oceans, but renewed efforts are underway to clean it up

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Wildlife

Toronto Zoo welcomes a baby orangutan

Plus: the albatross that loved Vancouver Island, a rare butterfly comeback, PEI lobsters to take a new kind of bait and the migratory birds on a potentially fatal collision course.

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Two caribou silhouetted against a dark, rainy landscape

Wildlife

Caribou are vanishing at an alarming rate. Is it too late to save them?

After more than a million years on Earth, the caribou is under threat of global extinction. The precipitous decline of the once mighty herds is a tragedy that is hard to watch — and even harder to reverse.

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illegal wildlife trade, elephant foot, ivory, biodiversity

Wildlife

The illegal wildlife trade is a biodiversity apocalypse

An estimated annual $175-billion business, the illegal trade in wildlife is the world’s fourth-largest criminal enterprise. It stands to radically alter the animal kingdom.

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Science & Tech

Researchers press for summer closures of two East Coast fishing grounds to help protect North Atlantic right whale

Population of the endangered whale estimated at 525 

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PLAT-I tidal energy platform in Grand Passage, May 2019

Science & Tech

Testing the future of tidal energy in Nova Scotia

In the Bay of Fundy, technicians are putting a groundbreaking new tidal technology through its paces

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North, Arctic, Polar Knowledge, Inuit, research, char, wildlife

Science & Tech

Tracking the Arctic char of southern Victoria Island

How a Université Laval scientist, DFO researchers and locals in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, are working together to keep these staple fish populations healthy 

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Science & Tech

Librarians and researchers react to government library closures

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Science & Tech

Dark vessels and how to find them

Canada is taking to space in the fight against illegal fishing

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Science & Tech

Tracking the Greenland shark’s Arctic movements

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Science & Tech

The Arctic voyages of the intrepid ringed seal

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Science & Tech

Testing, testing: Inuit hunters and scientists work together to ensure walrus meat safe to eat

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Mapping

Mapping the threat status of wild Atlantic salmon

Groups protecting Atlantic salmon spawning grounds on Canada’s East Coast have a new view of the problems facing the prized species

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Environment

Space invasion: Is it too late to save the Great Lakes?

How a cocktail of invasive species and global change is altering the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River ecosystem

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Limnocorrals intalled in ELA Lake 260 for the BOREAL study.

Environment

Why we spilled oil for science

As the federal government considers the fate of proposed pipelines, a unique science experiment aims to understand the consequences of an oil spill in a freshwater lake

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Wildlife

“Whale superhighway” map marks World Whale Day

Plus: Marathon hare migrations, increasingly efficient wolves, wandering basking sharks and homemaking bees

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A bowhead whale in Cumberland Sound, Nunavut

Wildlife

New research offers insight into the skin care routine of bowhead whales

Researchers at the University of British Columbia have found evidence that bowhead whales exfoliate their skin by rubbing against large rocks

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People & Culture

Canadians share their love for museums with selfies

#MuseumSelfie trended on Twitter January 20th as people the world over shared their snaps.

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Cod Collapse Jenn Thornhill Verma

Environment

The day the cod collapsed

An exclusive excerpt from the new book Cod Collapse: The Rise and Fall of Newfoundland's Saltwater Cowboys

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North Atlantic Right whale undergoes necropsy on shores of P.E.I

Wildlife

Experts investigate recent deaths of six endangered North Atlantic right whales

The deaths are a major blow to the vulnerable population, which is estimated at around 500 individuals

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Healthy sea stars on Victoria Island at low tide. (Colleen Edwards/CG Photo Club)

Wildlife

Sea star wasting disease confirmed in Haida Gwaii

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two pink salmon with green faces splash in a river

Wildlife

Wild salmon restoration and protection projects receive funding

The goal is to help rejuvenate and restore the habitats of salmon across B.C.

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Aerial shot of the big bar land slide in fraser river

Wildlife

Insurmountable: The battle to bring a salmon run home

“We just knew no fish would get by. Not without our help.” Behind the scenes of the epic campaign to save a Fraser River salmon run.

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moose alberta population app

Wildlife

Alberta app to track moose population across the province

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A  carpet  of  orange  zoanthids,  red  coralline  encrusting  algae  (shallow  enough  for  algae),  Stylaster  sp.hydrocorals, and  encrusting  demosponges.

Wildlife

Off B.C. coast, scientists discover extinct volcanoes teeming with life

Expedition team calls for permanent protection of undersea mountain range

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Wildlife

UBC research supports ban on high seas fishing

Shutting off the high seas to commercial fishing might be an economically and environmentally sound option for the world’s fisheries and maritime nations: UBC research

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Wildlife

The struggle to keep the Experimental Lakes Area

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Wildlife

Ocean Wise works to save commercial fishing and ocean species with sustainable seafood

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Wildlife

Is climate change threatening B.C.’s sockeye salmon?

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right whale

Wildlife

Researchers urge summer closures of two East Coast fishing grounds to protect North Atlantic right whale

Population of the endangered whale estimated at 525 

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Travel

10 awesome Canadian museums to visit this summer

Engage your curiosity and fuel your imagination with a visit to one of these top Canadian treasure troves

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Environment

Life on mountains in the sea

Two marine biologists offer a glimpse of life at the bottom of the ocean during 2018, 2019 and 2020 seamount expeditions 

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Wildlife

Study finds reef sharks ‘functionally extinct’ from 20 per cent of the world’s reefs

Lead author Aaron MacNeil discusses what this means for coral ecosystems and what Canadians can do to help

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Environment

The voices we pay attention to

What can we learn when western science and traditional knowledge intersect?

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Wildlife

Canadian researchers uncover surprises through fish DNA analysis

One thing researchers weren't expecting to find: yellow perch cannabalism

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Wildlife

Q & A with Dalal Al-Abdulrazzak

Satellite images used to calculate catches

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Wildlife

Leatherback Sea Turtle: Endangered Species

The world’s largest sea turtle faces dangers as it travels through the Atlantic Ocean

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Humpback whales are believed to number more than 20,000 in the North Pacific, with at least 2,145 of those calling coastal waters in British Columbia home

Wildlife

Resurgence of the humpback whale

The resurgence of the humpback whale means its status could be downgraded

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Wildlife

Resurgence of the sea otter

The sea otter, once hunted for its fur, is making a comeback

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Wildlife

Q & A with Dalal Al-Abdulrazzak on how satellite images calculate fish catches

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Environment

Study suggests marine areas receive scant protection

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Wildlife

Alberta woman befriends great grey owl

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Wildlife

Canada on track to protect 10 per cent of its oceans by 2020

Government is committed to using science to determine what areas of Canada’s oceans will be selected for protection, says Federal Fisheries Minister Hunter Tootoo

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Sea lampreys

Wildlife

Sea lampreys in Lake Superior to be targeted hard this summer

The Great Lakes Fisheries Commission and the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service are working hard to reduce the number of invasive sea lampreys in Lake Superior

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Anguniaqvia niqiqyuam Marine Protected Area map

Wildlife

What to know about Canada’s newest marine protected area, Anguniaqvia niqiqyuam

Key facts and figures about this remote patch of the Beaufort Sea

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north atlantic right whale gulf of st. lawrence

Wildlife

North Atlantic right whales died of blunt force trauma, entanglement, necropsies confirm

Results of necropsies on six whales that died this summer in the Gulf of St. Lawrence reveal blunt force trauma and chronic entanglement as cause of death

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DFO, Coast Guard and Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami announce the creation of the new Arctic Region

Environment

DFO, Coast Guard and Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami announce the creation of the new Arctic Region

The change is to transform the way decisions about fishing, shipping, resource development and more are made across the enormous northern region defined by the traditional Inuit homelands

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sea star disease the blob

Environment

2019 was the warmest year on record for the world’s oceans. What does that mean for Canada?

Acidification, disruptions to food webs among the biggest concerns for ocean scientists

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endangered North Atlantic right whale

Wildlife

Environmental groups say emergency plan missing in new right whale protection measures

Only about 400 North Atlantic right whales remain in the wild

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Wildlife

On the Rock, waiting for the roll

Writer Stephen Smith takes to Newfoundland’s shores in his quest to see the ‘capelin roll’ — the spawning spectacle of a tiny fish with a massive ecological, historical and cultural impact

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Environment

The sixth extinction

The planet is in the midst of drastic biodiversity loss that some experts think may be the next great species die-off. How did we get here and what can be done about it?

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June 1938 cover featuring a saw-whet owl

History

Nine decades of bird photography

In honour of the National Bird Project, here's a selection of Canadian Geographic bird covers from the magazine's 86 years of print

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Empty dish soap bottles arrayed in front of a pond in Nova Scotia

Wildlife

Wildlife Wednesday: When social media clout costs the environment

Plus: Racing to find a vaccine for chronic wasting disease, narwhal “flukeprints” and tool-using polar bears

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A black-footed ferret kit is held in a gloved hand in a wooden enclosure

Wildlife

Wildlife Wednesday: moth outbreak, baby ferrets and an unexpected whale visit

Your weekly CanGeo round-up of wildlife news

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Banana tree fibre paper

Environment

Eco-friendly paper

Five eco-friendly products used around the world to create paper

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Travel

The spell of the Yukon 

An insider’s account of the modern-day gold rush

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History

Operation Husky: Reflections on a forgotten story

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Wildlife

Shark tag finds its way home

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Travel

Met Con Blue, Sir!

Bring it … and leave it all on the mountain

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Wildlife

Managing the white-tailed deer population

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Mapping

Mapping the future of sustainable agriculture

This online map platform displays hundreds of stories on ecological farming issues from around the world

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Wildlife

Bison to return to Banff National Park

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