Ocean Protection

A derelict vessel in Ladysmith. (Black Press file photo)

Feds to pay for 80 abandoned boat assessments and removals in B.C.

Transport Canada will work with partners on Vancouver Island and central coast

 

A derelict vessel in Ladysmith. (Black Press file photo)

Feds announce funding for 80 more derelict boat assessments and removals in B.C.

Transport Canada will work with partners on Vancouver Island and central coast

 

Freigher off Kin Beach in Chemainus Feb. 5, 2021. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Vancouver Island First Nations leaders want freighter anchorages lifted in the Salish Sea

Multiple chiefs send letter to the new federal Minister of Transportation

  • Feb 9, 2021

 

Crews with the $3.5-million provincially funded Marine Debris Removal Initiative remove discarded and lost gear from B.C.’s central coast in the summer of 2020. (Photo supplied by the Small Ship Tour Operators Association of B.C.)
Crews with the $3.5-million provincially funded Marine Debris Removal Initiative remove discarded and lost gear from B.C.’s central coast in the summer of 2020. (Photo supplied by the Small Ship Tour Operators Association of B.C.)
Spencer Russell, a Vancouver Island University fisheries and aquaculture professor, is one of three researchers studying how extreme temperature events are affecting the health of fish and shellfish. (Submitted photo)

VIU aquaculture department to study effects of heat on sea life

VIU receives $549K for temperature fluctuation research

Spencer Russell, a Vancouver Island University fisheries and aquaculture professor, is one of three researchers studying how extreme temperature events are affecting the health of fish and shellfish. (Submitted photo)
University of Victoria marine biologist Julia Baum sampling a coral colony on Christmas Island in 2019. (Courtesy of Kristina Tietjen)

UVic biologists discover glimmer of hope for world’s coral reefs

New data suggests some recovery possible from coral bleaching

University of Victoria marine biologist Julia Baum sampling a coral colony on Christmas Island in 2019. (Courtesy of Kristina Tietjen)
Between 4,680 and 6,240 metric tonnes of face masks will pollute the world’s oceans this year, according to a new report from Oceans Asia. (Gary Stokes/OceansAsia)

1.56 billion face masks will pollute oceans this year, says Victoria researcher

Each mask takes up to 450 years to break down, according to the OceansAsia report

Between 4,680 and 6,240 metric tonnes of face masks will pollute the world’s oceans this year, according to a new report from Oceans Asia. (Gary Stokes/OceansAsia)
John Roney has been working on Beneath the Emerald Sea for about a year now and expects it to be released in fall of 2021. (Provided by John Roney)

Victoria man films underwater documentary about sea life around Vancouver Island

John Roney expects Under the Emerald Sea to be released in 2021

John Roney has been working on Beneath the Emerald Sea for about a year now and expects it to be released in fall of 2021. (Provided by John Roney)
Port Alberni’s deepsea port was a busy place on July 14, 2020, with recreational boaters vying for attention with a logging ship, fishing vessels large and small, tugboats and more. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

Quinn: ‘Port’ Alberni lives up to its deepsea name

Port Alberni’s harbour is an engaging place to stop and watch the action on the water…

Port Alberni’s deepsea port was a busy place on July 14, 2020, with recreational boaters vying for attention with a logging ship, fishing vessels large and small, tugboats and more. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
Crew members with the Western Canadian Marine Response Corporation (WCMRC) deploy a containment boom from one of their workboats during a fuel spill drill in Alberni Harbour on Oct. 15, 2020. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

Port Alberni marine clean team learns the spill drill

Spill response members simulates fuel spill for practice in Alberni Harbour

Crew members with the Western Canadian Marine Response Corporation (WCMRC) deploy a containment boom from one of their workboats during a fuel spill drill in Alberni Harbour on Oct. 15, 2020. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
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 restrictions viewed a win for the West Coast

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

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

Inside a mission to scrub our wild beaches

“We’re going to run out of time and we’re definitely not going to run out of garbage.”

Washed up plastics on log fields. (Simon Ager, Maple Leaf Adventures photo)
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
Styrofoam blocks and buoys washed up on the beach. (Ashley Tapp)

Heli-clean that North Vancouver Island beach

Volunteers got 17 cubic metres of ghost gear off a remote west coast beach last weekend

Styrofoam blocks and buoys washed up on the beach. (Ashley Tapp)
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 Vancouver Island ‘ghost gear’ clean-up grants

Marine stewards want more enforcement of polluters 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)
An alabaster nudibranch, living three metres below the surface in Bear Cove, Port Hardy. (Jackie Hildering)

The dark ocean is where the real life is, Vancouver Island ‘Marine Detective’ teaches

“Oh my god that thing is beautiful, what the hell is that?”

An alabaster nudibranch, living three metres below the surface in Bear Cove, Port Hardy. (Jackie Hildering)
A Lewis’s moonsnail collar, housing thousands of eggs, found on a Vancouver Island beach. (Photo by Jackie Hildering)

Moonsnails’ collar-shaped egg casings not for beachcombers

As pictures of moonsnail collars go viral, Vancouver Island’s Marine Detective, steps in to educate

A Lewis’s moonsnail collar, housing thousands of eggs, found on a Vancouver Island beach. (Photo by Jackie Hildering)
A group of whale watchers observe a humpback whale breaching in the Salish Sea. (Shalu Mehta/News Staff)
A group of whale watchers observe a humpback whale breaching in the Salish Sea. (Shalu Mehta/News Staff)