Posted on March 26, 2014

Dear Lovers of the BC Coast: I am alerting you all to a great current and regular threat to our waters.

Right now as I write this, the 10,000 ton-capacity American tug/barge combo, Nathan E Stewart/DBL 55 is approaching Cape Mudge at the south end of Quadra Island northbound at 5.2 knots, headed for Ketchikan Alaska.

Posted on January 02, 2014

I’m a 26-year-old musician and I’m part of a generation that has inherited a profoundly serious problem – the global environment is tapped out and on the verge of collapse. Our oceans are heavily polluted and overfished, climate change is happening faster and more aggressively than most scientists anticipated,

Posted on November 28, 2013

Data is starting to come in from the nearly 2, 000 bright yellow drift cards that were dropped dropped between Oct. 24 and 30 along nine points from the Ironworkers Memorial Bridge in Vancouver to Juan de Fuca Strait off Victoria, BC, mimicking a regular tanker route.

Posted on September 20, 2013

by Susan MacVittie

The Bellingham-based Salish Sea Foundation is championing an international Salish Sea Marine Sanctuary to protect and restore the ecosystem of Puget Sound, and the Straits of Juan de Fuca and Georgia. The sanctuary would require the partnering of Coast Salish First Nations and the governments of BC and Washington State.

Posted on May 16, 2013

mako sharkby Jeff Hutchings

What do Atlantic cod and BC’s canary rockfish have in common with the burrowing owl and Vancouver Island marmot? They have all declined by more than 80 or 90%. And they are all considered to be at increased risk of extinction by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC). COSEWIC is the national science body, arms-length from government, responsible for advising the federal Minister of the Environment on species at risk.

Despite similar declines, these species part company when it...

Posted on May 08, 2013

save ocean science, harper's war on scienceby Susan MacVittie

Photo credit: John Gardner, Timothy Foulkes

Posted on October 16, 2012

From the Brim to the Dregs.

by Liza Morris

We have all heard stories of abundant runs of salmon, innumerable towering old growth trees and frequent teeming pods of whales in and around the Georgia Strait. However, in the past decades, the serious decline in various species has become drastic.

Posted on October 08, 2012

by Dr. Irene Novaczek
from: "Environmental Impact of the Offshore Oil and Gas Industry,"

During drilling and extraction of gas deposits from the sea floor, releases of gas into the marine environment are inevitable. Gas is dumped into the sea mixed in with produced water, may leak from pipelines, tankers and underwater storage tanks, or may be released during catastrophic well blowouts, explosions and smaller accidental spills. Spills and blowouts occur due to drilling equipment failure, corrosion of pipelines, human error, earthquakes, ice, storms, shipping accidents etc.

Posted on October 03, 2012

by Delores Broten

In 1986, nearly one quarter of the shellfish beaches in Puget Sound, a major portion of the great Salish Sea which separates Vancouver Island from Washington State and the BC mainland, were suddenly classified as contaminated with sewage pollution. That's a familiar story to residents of coastal Canada, whose cities and towns have an unpleasant habit of dumping raw or partially treated sewage into the ocean.

Posted on October 03, 2012

The proposed Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) network consists of core no-take areas prohibiting fishing, exploration and extraction of oil, gas, and minerals, open net cage aquaculture, bottom trawling, dumping, and dredging.

by Shannon Cowan

The skipper of the Kumbaya slows the engine as we pass the eastern side of Sonora Island. Congregated topside, four artists brandishing cameras and sketchbooks rush to capture the seascape, transferring to film and paper the warm light peering over nearby mountains. Here on BC's south-central coast, the proposed site of the province's first network of "no-take" marine protected areas (MPAs), the fish are still jumping, the water is still sparkling, and over on the shores of the northern gulf islands, brightly painted houses take in the hulking vista of the Coast Mountains.


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