The Douglas Channel

a humpback whale breaching in BC

The Douglas Channel, nestled in the central coast of BC, is one of the most unique and diverse ecosystems of the province.

Hooded Nudibranchs

The hooded nudibranch, or Melibe leonina, is an enchanting creature that calls BC’s waters home and plays a critical role in maintaining biodiversity.

What is Blue Carbon?

Blue carbon refers to the carbon dioxide (CO2) captured and stored in marine ecosystems, such as salt marshes, seagrasses and kelp forests. These ecosystems capture and store atmospheric carbon in their organic material, making them crucial in mitigating climate change. In Canada, blue carbon ecosystems play a significant role in carbon sequestration and offer many […]

Humpback Whales

The benefits of the Great Bear Sea MPA Network are virtually endless, from protecting coastal habitats to supporting healthy ecosytems resulting in an increase in fish size, abundance, and biomass.

What is Bottom Trawling?

Bottom Trawling in The Great Bear Sea

Bottom trawling involves dragging massive nets across the ocean floor with no regard for the significant damage that is caused.

CANFISCO and the Individual Transfer Quota (ITQ) System

Canfisco wearhouse

The ITQ system has had a negative impact on owner-operated small boats. It has become increasingly common for owner-operators not to be able to afford quota. The result is an industry that should be community-based but is instead under the control of corporations.

The Rockfish of the Great Bear Sea

Copper Rockfish of The Great Bear Coast

Did you know that rockfish can live to be 200 years old and that 37 different species of rockfish live in British Columbia’s coastal waters?

Ancient Glass Sponge Reefs

Glass Sponge reef in the Great Bear Sea

Glass sponge reefs were believed to have become extinct 40 million years ago. However, in 1984, Glen Dennison discovered glass sponge reefs in the depths of Howe Sound while doing research for his book on diving.