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Wildlife

Ontario outlines new rules for captive marine mammals

Ontario government hopes to be the first in Canada to improve the quality of life for marine animals in captivity.

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Double-crested Cormorant drying its wings

Wildlife

Study finds cormorants can hear underwater in the same range as marine mammals

Findings could have significant implications for the conservation of marine bird species

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Wolf eel (anarrhichthys ocellatus) surrounded by brooding anemones, Race Rocks Ecological Reserve, Vancouver Island, B.C.

Places

Photos: The parks beneath the sea

A colourful look at the marine biodiversity of Canada’s west coast

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Three long-finned pilot whales swim in a cerulean blue sea

Environment

Canada announces ban on industrial activities in marine protected areas

Oil and gas extraction, mining, dumping among prohibited activities in ecologically sensitive areas set aside for conservation

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Places

Marine protected areas

Interactive map and personal reflection from author Alanna Mitchell

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People & Culture

Articles

Wildlife

Marine mammals at risk as blooms of toxic algae expand northward

Researchers are concerned that climate change could mean prolonged toxic algae blooms are 'the new normal.'

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Wildlife

Negative tests for microplastics a positive for marine mammals in eastern Canadian Arctic

No microplastics found in 142 examined seals

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and PJ Akeeagok Victor Bay, Nunavut

Environment

Feds and Inuit governments collaborate on new High Arctic marine protections

Groups agree to plan to conserve the High Arctic Basin, while Tallurutiup Imanga National Marine Conservation Area becomes official

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Environment

Indigenous Peoples, government come together for marine protection

Two new projects highlight commitments to a more collaborative, coordinated and efficient approach to ocean protection and marine responses to anthropogenic disasters

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Wildlife

Punctuation’s mark: Can we save the critically endangered North Atlantic right whale?

After a series of mass deaths in recent years, what can we do?

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Science & Tech

Travel

The Canopy Tour at Haliburton Forest

Travel

Finding wolves, deep-fried wood and a submarine in Haliburton Forest

How Ontario's Haliburton Forest balances preservation with profit

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Environment

Wildlife

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Nigel Hussey prepares to tag a Greenland shark in Scott Inlet in 2013. (Photo courtesy of Steven Fields)

Science & Tech

Following Greenland Sharks in Canada’s Arctic

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The common eider was one of the bird types collected for study. (Photo: Andreas Trepte)

Wildlife

Study shows waterfowl ingesting debris in Atlantic Canada

Waterfowl species using coastal marine and freshwater environments in Atlantic Canada are exposed to and ingesting plastic and metal debris, a study has found.

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Environment

“We did this:” Is there a way out of our intertwined climate and biodiversity crises?

As the impacts of global warming become increasingly evident, the connections to biodiversity loss are hard to ignore. Can this fall’s two key international climate conferences point us to a nature-positive future?

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A large female Greenland shark observed near the community of Arctic Bay, Nunavut

Wildlife

Caught on camera: Elusive Greenland sharks

Using cameras baited with squid, researchers were able to gather information about these ancient Arctic fish without taking any out of the water 

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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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Sea lion swimming among a kelp forest

Environment

Kelp: The sustainable superfood coming soon to a plate near you

Kelp’s potential as a commercial crop is finally being recognized — and, as kelp forests vanish worldwide, so is its importance in coastal ecosystems 

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A Student on Ice teacher talks to students in a small boat surrounded by ice

Science & Tech

World Oceans Day: Building a more sustainable ocean future — one worker at a time

Part three of Canada’s Ocean Supercluster: A six-part series

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Ten years after the release of her seminal book Sea Sick, Alanna Mitchell again plumbs the depths of the latest research on the health of the world’s oceans — and comes up gasping

Environment

“There’s no coming back from this:” Why the global ocean crisis threatens us all

Ten years after the release of her seminal book Sea Sick, Alanna Mitchell again plumbs the depths of the latest research on the health of the world’s oceans — and comes up gasping

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Environment

Daniel Pauly on preventing the end of fish

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The marine biologist on why we’re asking too much of the ocean — and how to protect the future of fish

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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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Chart: This sea surface temperature anomaly chart created November 2 by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shows an area of warmer-than-normal water off the coast of British Columbia, colloquially known as

Wildlife

Blob blamed for marine-life upheaval in Pacific

The blob isn’t consuming everything in its path — but it is having a notable impact on marine life in the region.

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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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DSV Limiting Factor in Pacific Ocean, Five deeps

Exploration

Expedition team makes record-breaking dive to bottom of Mariana Trench

Ottawa-born explorer and submarine builder Patrick Lahey is now the second Canadian to reach the deepest point on Earth

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The articulated tugboat Nathan E. Stewart aground off B.C.'s north coast in October 2016

Environment

Fighting for their coastline

As ship traffic increases off the coast of British Columbia, so will accidents. The Heiltsuk Nation intends to be ready.

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History

Throwback Thursday: Canada’s first marine national park

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History

Guerre sur l’eau

La participation du Canada à la bataille de l’Atlantique, montrée ici, est considérée comme étant son rôle le plus crucial dans la guerre.

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Lancaster Sound in the Canadian High Arctic

Places

Life and death in Lancaster Sound

Blood on ice in the Arctic is not a sign of death, but an affirmation of life itself

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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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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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Watermelon snow on Mount Garibaldi

Environment

22 facts and figures from the Alpine Club of Canada’s 2019 State of the Mountains Report

The Alpine Club of Canada covers everything from wildfires to watermelon snow in its recently published annual report on Canada's alpine environments

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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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Environment

Oceans can be restored in the next 30 years, scientists say

Study outlines five actions to boost ocean productivity and biodiversity by 2050

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Kids

Elementary students find their sea legs with Canadian Coast Guard’s educational pilot program

The Adopt a Ship program took kids on a virtual behind-the-scenes tour with Coast Guard crews and staff

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Environment

9 ocean stories to mark the UN Decade of Ocean Science

The United Nations Decade of Ocean Science kicks off Feb. 3, 2021

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Environment

Canadian seahorse expert wins leading animal conservation prize

UBC prof Amanda Vincent won the $250,000 Indianapolis Prize for her work on ocean conservation

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Wildlife

Canadian polar bear expert awarded lifetime achievement prize

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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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Science & Tech

Encouraging tech innovations to safeguard ocean health

Part one of Canada’s Ocean Supercluster: A six-part series

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The MV Martin Bergmann, floating research base for the marine ecosystem study

Science & Tech

How Arctic scientists are unveiling long-standing marine ecosystem mysteries

Researchers are shedding new light on northern food webs and environments by connecting disciplines and local knowledge — even by using different ships

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Tallurutiup Imanga, Lancaster Sound

Environment

Tallurutiup Imanga/Lancaster Sound to be Canada’s largest protected area

The final boundary for Canada’s new national marine conservation area in Canada’s North shows an area twice the size of Nova Scotia

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2019 Ocean Bridge youth on Lake Superior

Environment

Ocean Bridge Diaries: Talen Rimmer

On the shores of Lake Superior, I found solace in how close our country can become when we all share food together

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Tilikum, a captive killer whale

Wildlife

Throwback Thursday: Dying killer whale reignites captivity debate

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Environment

Lancaster Sound inches closer to protected status

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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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captive belugas

Wildlife

Vancouver Parks Board bans display of live cetaceans at Vancouver Aquarium

The aquarium is concerned for the future of its marine mammal rescue program

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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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Wildlife

Beluga whistles and clicks could be silenced by an increasingly noisy Arctic Ocean

Sound is an integral part of a beluga’s life, so the quality of the underwater acoustic environment is very important for the health and survival of belugas

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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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Science & Tech

Comment la recherche sur les glaces du Canada contribue à changer la façon dont les installations extracôtières sont construites dans l’Arctique

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Environment

Fleece clothing major contributor of microplastics in water

Every time a fleece jacket is washed, about 2,000 fibres end up in the wastewater that’s produced

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Ederney Gonzales, one of the people who discovered Red Rockette

Wildlife

Tracking sea turtles

International grassroots organizations unite over turtle conservation

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Humpback whale in the broughton archipelago, bc

Wildlife

Giants of the Broughtons

Whales are beginning to return to B.C. waters — but will they find a safe haven?

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Unearthing clues to the mystery of the great Pleistocene extinction in Yukon

Science & Tech

Unearthing clues to the mystery of the great Pleistocene extinction in Yukon

Findings about the disappearance of large mammals in the North could help scientists understand the potential impacts of modern climate change

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Science & Tech

Biodiversity at the bottom of the Arctic Ocean

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Canada's protected areas

Places

Infographic: Canada’s protected areas

Visualize all of the parks, wildlife areas, forest and marine reserves across Canada to compare how much of each province and territory has been protected

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