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.

Posted on August 17, 2012

Steadily increasing levels of seawater acidity could re-shape strategic food chains in the polar and sub-Antarctic marine ecosystems earlier than predicted, according to research published in Nature.

 “Within 50 to 100 years, there could be severe consequences for marine calcifying organisms, which build their external skeletal material out of calcium carbonate, the basic building block of limestone,” says Australian scientist, Dr Richard Matear of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO). 

Posted on August 11, 2012

50 Ways to Save the Ocean is a handbook which offers 50 actions which, directly or indirectly, have a great impact on the health of the oceans. This practical guide includes action steps and resources for any level of participation, from mindful home maintenance to global environmental activism, from reducing toxic

Posted on July 16, 2012

US Navy test fires munitions in Canadian waters. These munitions contain depleted uranium (DU) which releases radiation into atmosphere, and can cause serious medical effects and disease.

by G. Turnbull

Saturday morning, April 15, 2006, I was listen­ing to a favourite radio station, Malaspina College radio CHLY-FM, from Nanaimo. They were inter­viewing Leuren Moret, a geophysicist from Berkeley CA, who had worked at US nuclear labs.

She went on for 40 minutes about the horrors of de­pleted uranium (DU) in munitions, which releases radia­tion into the atmosphere and its medical effects on, for in­stance, the first Gulf War veterans, where it was first used in quantity. Over 500,000 out of 700,000 vets are now on disability for something called “Gulf War Syndrome,” a ‘disease’ with many symptoms identical to radiation sick­ness.

Or the test range off Vieques, Puerto Rica, where the

Posted on June 23, 2012

by Mike Morrell

In June this year, the Living Oceans Society’s “Finding Coral” ex­pedition set out from Vancouver on a two week cruise to the North Coast to document BC’s deepwater corals. The chartered research vessel Cape Flattery carried Living Oceans Soci­ety’s (LOS) staff from their base in Sointula along with invited marine

Posted on June 23, 2012

by Arthur Caldicott  

Everyone on the coast sees them – the broken hulks of boats. They’re almost as prevalent as discarded plastic containers, and far more perilous.

Derelict vessels are a maritime nightmare – an eyesore and naviga­tional hazard, and the source of toxic substances such as gasoline, diesel, heavier fuels and

Posted on February 02, 2012

Arthur's tax test

Posted on February 02, 2012

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Posted on November 15, 2011

Tar sands oil pumped via the Keystone XL Pipeline will increase greenhouse gas emissions.

by Ben West

Last week, I sat in my office in the Gastown district of Vancouver and learned that the most powerful government in the world is putting my community on notice. From my window, I watched a large crude oil tanker cruise through Burrard Inlet, as an email arrived quoting the US State Department about these very oil exports in our city. 

The email came from an ally in the historic civil disobedience action outside the US White House in Washington, DC. Over 1,200 people were arrested for

Posted on June 14, 2011

Increasing emissions on CO2 are resulting not only in climate change, but also in ocean acidification.

by Doug George

Drop a dirty penny into a glass of Coke. If you examine the penny after a week, it will be gleaming. The carbonic acid in the cola has dissolved the organic