Ocean's

The 'Natural Viagra' Of Saint Lucia

Tiffany Leigh | Posted 08.15.2016 | Canada
Tiffany Leigh

If you have a desire to sip on an endless string of rum cocktails by the beach -- well, dream no more -- it can be your reality. Feed your piggy ban...

Rebuilding Canada's Fish Stocks A Rare Chance To Rewrite History

Josh Laughren | Posted 07.19.2016 | Canada Impact
Josh Laughren

Some Canadians may remember the collapse of the cod and groundfish fisheries in 1992, which resulted in 30,000 lost jobs and cost $4 billion dollars. As we approach the 25th anniversary of this cautionary event, we are finally seeing early signs of a fragile but broad-based cod recovery.

Ocean Tales: Making Dolphin Connections

Tiffany Leigh | Posted 06.24.2016 | Canada Travel
Tiffany Leigh

At Hawks Cay Resort on the island of Duck Key in Florida, people are not only drawn to this vacation spot for sun and relaxation, they come to interact with marine life as well. The resort property hosts a conservation area called Dolphin Connection.

Canada's Far North Just Scored Two Major Conservation Wins

David R. Miller | Posted 06.16.2016 | Canada Impact
David R. Miller

Shell Canada has relinquished 30 oil and gas exploration permits that were the subject of a lawsuit launched by WWF-Canada. Now, after decades of struggle, nothing stands in the way of finally creating a National Marine Conservation Area in Lancaster Sound, with all the significant protection measures that includes.

Oceans Of Reasons To Protect What We Love

David Suzuki | Posted 06.08.2016 | Canada Impact
David Suzuki

June 8 marks World Oceans Day, but what if we celebrated oceans every day? Covering more than 70 per cent of Earth's surface, oceans, more than anything, define our small blue planet. We should celebrate their complex and vibrant ecosystems, life-sustaining services, calming effects and unimaginable diversity, much of which we have not yet even discovered.

We Are Making Oceans A Dangerous Place For Marine Life

Candice Batista | Posted 06.06.2016 | Canada Impact
Candice Batista

We NEED the ocean to breathe, it's really that simple! In fact, marine plants give us terra-firma dwellers 70 per cent of the oxygen we need to live. And, even though we know this, we are still polluting the atmosphere so much that the temperature and chemistry of the oceans are changing.

Eat This, Not That At Mexico's Hyatt Ziva Cancun

Tiffany Leigh | Posted 05.25.2016 | Canada Travel
Tiffany Leigh

There are nine restaurants and seven bars that offer a spectrum of international cuisines and drinks. As your willing guinea pig, I sampled my way through as many eateries as possible. Here are my top recommendations for what you should and should not devour.

Canada Has The Opportunity To Restore Declining Fish Stocks

Josh Laughren | Posted 05.17.2016 | Canada Politics
Josh Laughren

While the announcement about an investment in science is a welcome relief, it can only lead to healthier fish stocks if the government gathers and shares information about them, and uses the science to allow depleted species to rebuild - something successive governments have ignored.

It's Official: 'Mass Extinction' Destroying The Great Barrier Reef

The Huffington Post Canada | Emma Paling | Posted 04.20.2016 | Canada

“That is a mass extinction and there is every reason to believe that we are triggering it.”

Shocking Migratory Changes Bring Electric Rays To Canada's Pacific

David Suzuki | Posted 04.20.2016 | Canada Impact
David Suzuki

Why are creatures like electric rays, which prefer warmer southern California or Baja waters, turning up with greater frequency further north? Unlike land temperatures, which constantly fluctuate, ocean temperatures are usually stable, with virtually no daily changes, little seasonal differentiation and only minor shifts over decades.

Seals And Sea Lions Pay The Price For B.C. Salmon Farming

Jeff Matthews | Posted 04.11.2016 | Canada Impact
Jeff Matthews

"Marine mammal interactions" (a.k.a. deaths) are a well-known and inevitable consequence of open-pen salmon farming. It's hard not to see how putting large numbers of slow-moving, artificially fattened fish directly into the habitat of hungry sea lions is flawed by design.

Canada's Oceans Matter, At The Paris Climate Talks And Beyond

David Suzuki | Posted 11.25.2015 | Canada Impact
David Suzuki

It's encouraging that our newly elected federal government has agreed to improve efforts to safeguard Canada's oceans. Ocean protection here is shamefully deficient, currently at around one per cent. Weak ocean protection hinders our coasts' ability to remain resilient in the face of many challenges.

Canada Has A Responsibility To Ensure Healthy Oceans

Development Unplugged | Posted 11.09.2015 | Canada Impact
Development Unplugged

Canada was one of many countries at the 2010 UN Convention on Biological Diversity to commit to protecting 10 per cent of its marine areas by 2020. As a marine nation bordering three oceans with over seven million square kilometres of ocean area and the longest coastline of any country, Canada has a responsibility to lead on ocean stewardship. We have acts, policies and departments to support strong positions to safeguard ocean ecosystems. Yet the reality is that more has been said than done.

Sustainable Development Goals Offer A Path To Prosperity

David Suzuki | Posted 10.29.2015 | Canada Impact
David Suzuki

It's possible to extract resources with attention to environmental consequences, but unless it's done in ways that ensure the planet remains healthy enough to support human life, where all people enjoy peace, health and food security, can it really be called sustainable?

We Must Keep Our Oceans Healthy and Thriving

David R. Miller | Posted 09.17.2015 | Canada Impact
David R. Miller

We don't need to look any further than the collapse of Newfoundland's northern cod fishery to be reminded of how communities are impacted when resources are overexploited. For centuries, the cod stocks in this region seemed inexhaustible. But when the fishery collapsed in 1992, over 40,000 people lost their jobs.

Will Generation Z Give Us Superheroes for the Planet?

David Suzuki | Posted 09.16.2015 | Canada Parents
David Suzuki

A growing body of research confirms the health benefits of getting outside. Kids who spend time in nature every day are healthier, happier, more creative, less stressed and more alert than those who don't. As parents, grandparents, caregivers and educators, it's our responsibility to raise kids with healthy nature habits.

How to Start Kayaking

Sacha DeVoretz | Posted 08.07.2016 | Canada Living
Sacha DeVoretz

I have written before about how you are never too old to learn a new sport or spend time outdoors. Kayaking is no exception. It is an amazing way to enjoy nature, be close to the water and spend some fun times with friends and family.

How to Stand up Paddle Board

Sacha DeVoretz | Posted 07.23.2016 | Canada Living
Sacha DeVoretz

Some of my favourite memories are paddling and laughing with friends. Stand up paddle boarding (SUP) has really taken off in the past few years and it seems now more than ever people are trying this fun outdoor activity.

The Decline of Sharks Spells Trouble for Oceans

WWF-Canada | Posted 07.14.2016 | Canada Impact
WWF-Canada

This vast diversity of sharks globally play important roles in keeping our oceans healthy. Removing key species like sharks, can have serious consequences for marine ecosystems, which, because they are connected to everything else, has repercussions for people everywhere.

On World Oceans Day Let's Learn to Treat the Seas Better

David Suzuki | Posted 06.03.2016 | Canada Impact
David Suzuki

June 8 is World Oceans Day. In Canada, it's a time to celebrate the rich marine life in three great oceans off the longest coastline of any nation -- trillions of plankton, billions of fish, millions of seabirds, thousands of whales and myriad other creatures great and small. Yet, we have little to celebrate when it comes to looking after this natural legacy

The Other CO2 Problem Is in Our Oceans

Alex Mifflin | Posted 05.15.2016 | Canada Impact
Alex Mifflin

When carbon dioxide (CO2) is emitted into the atmosphere it doesn't just stay there -- about 25 per cent of emissions are absorbed into the ocean, increasing the acidity of the ocean. An ocean increasing in acidity is not a very friendly place for its creatures, many of which play critical roles in marine food webs and are vital sources of human food. I recently travelled to Italy and across North America investigating how ocean acidification could impact marine life. While I like to remain hopeful in most things, what I learned has made me very worried about the future of the ocean.

The Big Footprint of Tiny Shrimp

Alex Mifflin | Posted 05.05.2016 | Canada Impact
Alex Mifflin

I used to eat a lot of shrimp, but based on my travels examining foreign shrimp farms and various unsustainable and sustainable fishing practices, now I am much more selective. Supporting more sustainable options is a good start but with the vast majority of the global shrimp industry based on destructive harvesting methods, widespread change will take a long time.

Canada Lags Behind In Battle To Save Sharks and Protect the Ocean

Alex Mifflin | Posted 06.06.2015 | Canada Impact
Alex Mifflin

Almost everyone who has seen the gruesome videos of sharks having their fins cut off and their mutilated bodies dumped back into the ocean, barely alive but doomed to drown, is outraged by this barbaric practice. Even more so upon learning that there is no nutritional value in shark fin soup or any shark fin products.

We Have to Stop Filling and Killing the Oceans With Plastic

David Suzuki | Posted 04.27.2015 | Canada Impact
David Suzuki

Eight million tonnes. That's how much plastic we're tossing into the oceans every year! University of Georgia environmental engineer Jenna Jambeck says it's enough to line up five grocery bags of trash on every foot of coastline in the world.

Make Sharks Our Friends, Not Out Food

Russ Blinch | Posted 08.16.2014 | Canada Impact
Russ Blinch

Don't cue the theme from Jaws for 20-year-old Madison Stewart, A.K.A. the "Shark Girl." Madison has been diving with the sharks since the age of 12 in the Great Barrier Reef and she loathes the hype propagated in movies from Jaws to Sharknado that these mysterious beasts are "mindless blood thirsty killers."