Ocean's

New Protections Skim Surface Of Canada's Complex Water Issues

David Suzuki | Posted 04.04.2017 | Canada Impact
David Suzuki

The federal government recently created two marine protected areas in the Pacific region and has committed to increase ocean protection from one per cent to 10 by 2020. But will this be enough? Thinking of the ocean in square kilometres is just skimming the surface. Life thrives throughout the water column, top to bottom.

21st-Century Capitalism Is Killing Ocean Life

Yves Engler | Posted 02.01.2017 | Canada Politics
Yves Engler

There are currently 150 million tonnes of plastic debris floating in the world's oceans. Most of it takes centuries to break down. Thousands of large animals -- such as turtles and birds -- die every year from indigestible plastic debris in the ocean. Millions of other sea creatures suffer when they consume plastic.

Nova Scotia Needs To Fully Engage With Stakeholders On Tidal Energy

Andrew Younger | Posted 12.12.2016 | Canada Politics
Andrew Younger

The first electrons of power flowed across the seabed in Nova Scotia's Minas Basin recently delivering electricity to homes, from a giant instream tidal device. I want to be excited about it. Happy even. Instead, it's tainted by the dismissive attitude of Nova Scotia's government towards indigenous people and fishers, or really anyone in the province who raises concerns about the potential impact on their lives from these experiments.

Canada's Oceans Need Meaningful Protections. Here's Why

WWF-Canada | Posted 10.27.2016 | Canada Impact
WWF-Canada

Marine mammals such as the North Atlantic right whale are threatened by shipping collisions and entanglement in fishing gear. Beluga whales are threatened by chemical and noise pollution, as well as loss of habitat. And all species in Canada will feel the effects of climate change, which is happening faster than species can adapt.

Canada Must Step Up Its Marine Protection Efforts

WWF-Canada | Posted 09.21.2016 | Canada Impact
WWF-Canada

Canada has its own commitments to live up to: to protect five per cent of Canada's marine territory by 2017 and 10 per cent by 2020. We know we can get there. We just need to get going.

Wild Pacific Salmon Face An Upstream Battle For Survival

David Suzuki | Posted 09.21.2016 | Canada Impact
David Suzuki

Climate change is amplifying a long list of stressors salmon already face. Sockeye salmon are sensitive to temperature changes, so higher ocean and river temperatures can have serious impacts. Even small degrees of warming can kill them. Low river flows from unusually small snowpacks linked to climate change make a tough journey even harder.

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 04.21.2017 | 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 04.12.2017 | 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 11.25.2016 | 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 11.09.2016 | 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 10.28.2016 | 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 09.17.2016 | 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 09.16.2016 | 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.