The Vancouver Aquarium has plenty of hands-on offerings such as Orca jaws, shark egg purses, and so much more, along with amazing facts about the animals that live off Canada’s west coast.
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Their Ocean Wise program is a sustainable fish consumption guide now found in over 600 restaurants. It’s leading the way on educating people about the sustainability of their food choices. The Vancouver Aquarium took a different approach to the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program, but it’s their dream to see the program come to an end once all fish are caught sustainably.
Hear more about Ocean Wise
Vancouver Aquarium researchers believe it’s the micro plastics in our oceans that present the highest risk to animals and ourselves. They are working hard to understand how our dependence on plastics is impacting marine life. The Vancouver Aquarium may have founded the Great Canadian Shoreline Clean-Up program; it’s working even harder to educate citizens about the environmental impacts of our lifestyle choices.
Hear more about research on plastic in the Pacific Ocean
Pollution and contamination represent the largest threats to water and the animals that make it their home. It also threatens all life on earth. The Great Canadian Shoreline Clean-Up initiative is the largest volunteer initiative of its type run out of a North American aquarium, and is a model that deserves to be replicated throughout the world.
The Great Canadian Shoreline Clean-Up initiative is offered across Canada in partnership with the World Wildlife Federation, and has been in operation since 1994. In 2015 over 2,000 shoreline clean-up initiatives took place involving over 59,000 volunteers.
Engaging volunteers in positive actions is an important first step to start people along the path of stewardship. While the initiative has no plans to change, for many of the volunteers they engage, it’s their first of many steps along the path towards making sure our oceans, lakes and rivers become clean and safe to swim, drink and fish.
Learn about the initiative first-hand
Learn how you can get involved as a shoreline clean-up leader or volunteer by visiting: http://www.shorelinecleanup.ca/