Healthy economies and ocean ecosystems can go hand-in-hand. Here’s how

The Bay of Fundy is an ecological treasure and an economic resource for the Maritimes. Its immense tides power a unique ecosystem rich in marine life: small forage fish feed on the nutrients churned up by the tides and whales come to gorge on schools of herring. It’s also a focus for economic activity in the region, with many communities relying on the Bay for income from fishing and tourism.… continue reading

World’s orca experts demand noise reduction in Salish Sea

The number of Salish Sea orcas off the Southern B.C. coast has been dwindling for 15 years without a recovery plan from the federal government. In March, when the final plan was released, it fell short, containing only weak recommendations to save this group of whales teetering on the edge of survival. Without some real changes in their critical habitat, there’s a very real possibility that these orcas could disappear… continue reading

Big funding for little fishes

They say there’s plenty more fish in the sea. Thanks to some new funding for scientific monitoring, we’re about to find out. In April, Fisheries and Oceans Canada announced $2.4 million in funding to carry out a full-scale capelin survey during the fall of 2018 in offshore Newfoundland and Labrador (NAFO Divisions 2J3KL). Capelin – a forage fish that’s an extremely important source of food for humpback and fin whales,… continue reading

Canada’s marine protection plans are all over the map

Today is World Oceans Day, with just six months to go for the government to complete a tough assignment: protecting five per cent of Canada’s marine areas by December 31, 2017. With the deadline looming, it’s time to check in on the progress towards these targets. How is Canada doing? Why marine protection Marine protected areas (MPAs) are safe havens where ocean life can recover from human impacts. They support… continue reading