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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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Clare with starfish on beach

Environment

Q&A: Ottawa’s Clare Stone on her journey to becoming an ocean conservation leader

Stone was one of the 160 young Canadians selected for the 2020 Ocean Bridge program, a program that empowers young professionals to serve their community through the lens of ocean and waterway conservation

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Environment

Ocean Bridge Diaries: Chúk Odenigbo

We are the ocean, yet we know not who we are, so we went to people who did

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The 2018 Ocean Bridge cohort gets to know each other during their first steps on a Haida Gwaii beach.

Environment

Ocean Bridge Diaries: Matthew Miller

Bridging the gap between conservation and culture

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Haida Gwaii

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Ocean Bridge Diaries: Jay Matsushiba

“The Edge of the World” became a meeting place, where the edges of my world collided with another

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Sunset on North Beach, Haida Gwaii

Environment

Ocean Bridge Diaries: Jordan Bertagnolli

As I think about all that we managed to pack into those 10 days, the memories that stand out all share a common thread: North Beach

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Ocean Bridge Diaries: Jasveen Brar

I’ve read statistics about the amount of plastic in our oceans, but to face the “elephant in the water” is a feeling I cannot name

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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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Environment

Bubblegum pink coral

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Summer expeditions aim to unlock secrets of the deep Atlantic Ocean

First of two summer expeditions that will livestream deep-ocean exploration set off for Gulf of Maine today

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Kayoung Heo with her Ocean Bridge peers

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Ocean Bridge Diaries: Kayoung Heo

How can we be living examples of the word zaagi'idewin?

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Jean-Michel Cousteau scuba diving near sharks on a shipwreck

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Q&A: Oceanographer Jean-Michel Cousteau on his new underwater documentary

Jean-Michel Cousteau releases his new feature documentary about aquatic life, Wonders of the Sea 3D, in February

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Ocean Plastics Lab

Environment

Touring exhibit drives home problem of ocean plastic

The interactive Ocean Plastics Lab is visiting Ottawa until Aug. 12

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The view from Sleeping Giant Provincial Park on the North Shore of Lake Superior. (Photo: Connor Garrod)

Environment

Ocean Bridge Diaries: Connor Garrod

Forming a connection with water brings us closer together as humans

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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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Arctic Frontiers conference 2019

Environment

Five key takeaways from the Arctic Frontiers conference

The uncertainty and change that's currently disrupting the region dominated the annual meeting's agenda

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A bright iridescent orange-and-blue coloured sea slug (nudibranch) is laying eggs on top of a sea sponge

Wildlife

What is a nudibranch? Meet the “high fashion models” of the ocean depths

The naked truth about nudibranchs, in British Columbia and beyond

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Fellows of the royal canadian geographical society and canadian geographic challenge winners at perce, quebec

Kids

Photos: Highlights from One Ocean Expeditions’ 2019 East Coast Fins and Fiddles voyage

Three finalists in this year’s Canadian Geographic Challenge enjoyed the trip of a lifetime as part of their prize, and we were there to capture the fun

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weather and climate in Svalbard

Kids

Hearts in the Ice: Weather and Climate

From sea ice to ocean currents, Svalbard has a unique yet fragile environment that may look very different as climate change shifts weather patterns

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A woman paddles a stand up paddleboard in the water

Science & Tech

Sailing around the world for ocean plastic

Canadian scientist Sheri Bastien discusses her involvement in eXXpedition, an all-female expedition to study ocean plastic

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the exterior of the Diplomat Beach Resort

Travel

The Diplomat Beach Resort: Inside the reinvention of a beloved South Florida retreat

Fresh from a five-year, $100-million renovation, "The Dip" retains all the elegance that has made it a favourite haunt of celebrities and Presidents 

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Environment

Alanna Mitchell on 10 years of ”Sea Sick”

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Ten years after the release of her bestselling book Sea Sick: The Global Ocean in Crisis, the acclaimed science writer doubles down on her call for action on climate change

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Environment

Four things to know about Arctic policy and sustainable ocean management in Canada and Norway

The Royal Norwegian Embassy and the Royal Canadian Geographical Society teamed up for two days of talks on the future of the Arctic and the “blue economy” in Norway and Canada

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A wall of colourful sponges and anemones in the American Bank Marine Protected Area

Environment

“Treasure of the Gulf of St. Lawrence” designated a Marine Protected Area

Canada’s newest Marine Protected Area, Banc-des-Américains (American Bank), protects 1,000 square kilometres of important marine habitat off Quebec’s Gaspé Peninsula

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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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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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Wildlife

Whales under threat in noisy Atlantic waters

The Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada has assessed three whale species as being at risk from increased ship traffic

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Canadian Museum of Nature launches virtual reality tour of ancient ocean

Explore the prehistoric ocean, with David Attenborough as your guide

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Environment

14 Photos of Comet NEOWISE from the Can Geo photo community

The comet passed close to Earth in mid-July, giving stargazers and photographers amazing photo opportunities

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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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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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Water infographic

Environment

Infographic: Canadian water facts for World Oceans Day

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Joe MacInnis

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Joe MacInnis on climate change challenges

The renowned underwater explorer talks about his experience navigating the depths of an angry Mother Ocean

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The St. Regis Bal Harbour oceanfront day villa

Travel

Exploring Bal Harbour, South Florida’s luxurious oceanfront playground

Miami is always in season, and Bal Harbour has something for everyone

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Environment

Excerpt from The Imperilled Ocean: Human Stories from a Changing Sea

High-stakes stories that explore Earth’s last wild frontier

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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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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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Adult king penguin amongst the chicks

Wildlife

Photo slideshow: life and death in the Southern Ocean

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Wildlife

Weird and wonderful images from B.C.’s seafloor observatory

In honour of VENUS’s anniversary, here are ten cool images it has captured in its decade of operation

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Amanda Vincent

Wildlife

Amanda Vincent on saving seahorses — and all they represent

The award-winning marine conservationist shares her passion for seahorses and marine life by encouraging young minds to save tomorrow’s oceans

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Environment

The health of the Fraser River

Follow the team of specialists diagnosing the ills of British Columbia’s Fraser River

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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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Travel

And then they swam: Two men, one rare disease and the first unsupported rowboat crossing of the Indian Ocean

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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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Satellite image of Antarctica Weddell Sea with sea ice and extra-tropical cyclones from September 25, 2017

Environment

A huge hole in Antarctica’s sea ice could offer insight into climate change

Researchers say the naturally occurring ice-free area, called a polynya, is a rare opportunity to study heat transfer between the ocean and atmopshere in the southern polar region

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Exploration

One year on, adventurer Bert terHart on his monumental world circumnavigation and future plans

Inspired by 18th century explorers, the serial entrepreneur and adventurer sailed non-stop around the world using just a sextant, navigational log tables, and good old pen and paper

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Environment

From plastic trash to treasured art: Five artists invite us to rethink our relationship with plastic

Five new works commissioned by Canadian Geographic offer eye-catching and compelling commentary on the impact of plastic on our planet

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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

Death of a whale

When one of the few remaining females of reproductive age in the southern resident population of North Pacific killer whales was found dead near Comox B.C. in 2014, an investigation was launched. The results highlight the challenges of protecting our most iconic marine mammals.

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Exploration

A bridge of ice

Ken Hedges of the 1968-69 British Trans Arctic Expedition reflects on the perilous and ground-breaking journey

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Nathalie Lasselin, RCGS Fellows, diving, exploration

People & Culture

Six more amazing things RCGS Fellows are up to this year

From putting the “Canada” back in an iconic species’ name to studying a massive iceberg-calving Antarctic iceshelf, see what just a few of the RCGS’s Fellows have been working on in 2018

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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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Marine protected areas

Interactive map and personal reflection from author Alanna Mitchell

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