Tribute to Max Keeping: A retired Vice President and News Anchor of CTV Ottawa, we are forever grateful for Max's help in raising awareness about World Oceans Day and the importance of caring for our oceans.
Save $$$, reduce
reusable water bottles and cloth shopping
bags will save you money. Keep plastic away from all waterways:
rivers and streams flow to lakes and oceans. Plastics cause a
slow painful death for marine life and birds.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on Monday a ban on single-use plastics to come into effect as early as 2021 in Canada with a list put together grounded in scientific evidence, closely mirroring actions by the European Union, adding that the responsibility will fall on the plastic industry for the appropriate recycling. (Canada is supporting a company designing biodegradable food packaging).
PADDLE BOARDER HAS A MISSION, HE CHALLENGES EVERYONE
BC business man Aaron Nasipayko picks up plastic bottles, plastic bags, cans and styrofoam garbage as he paddles. Aaron challenges all to do a little bit to help clean up creeks, rivers, lakes and oceans. We can each do a little bit.... https://www.facebook.com/aaron.nasipayko/posts/101...
HOW DO PLASTICS ENTER OUR OCEANS? Answer is us, all of us, are guilty. HERE IS HOW WE CAN HELP !
believe 80% to 90% of plastics entering our oceans come from land;
while some is litter along our ocean beaches most plastics flow down
our streams, creeks, lakes and rivers to our oceans.
many marine researchers agree 5 Asian countries are responsible for a
high percentage of plastics entering our oceans that still leaves the
rest of us around our world guilty, very guilty.
report only 9% of plastics are turned in for recycling leaving the
rest littering shorelines or sent to landfill where these light
materials blow into our local waterways, all of which flow to our
2016 the World Economic Forum warned “there will be more plastics
than fish in our oceans by 2050 if we continue on the path we are
on”; we now dump eight million tonnes of
plastic into our oceans every year, killing and harming marine life.
what can we do?
a reusable water bottle and/or coffee cup
money, avoid bottled water, put safe city water in the fridge,
all plastics into a recycling bin, not the garbage bin where wind
carries plastics from landfill to our rivers and lakes then to our
no to plastic plates and cutlery, carry your own spork, ask for
the plastic wrap, foil is recyclable
Use plastic free tea
bags or loose leaf tea, disposing of regular teabags ultimately
leads to microplastics entering our waterways and eventually our
no to plastic straws and stir sticks, ask for an alternative or
carry your own
up the gum, it is made of plastic
biodegradable glitter, all others are made of plastic
balloons, decorate with paper items and soap bubbles
not to purchase items encased in plastic
the plastic bag, ask for paper bags or use reusable bags
Oceans Week is June 1 to 8 and World Oceans Day is June 8; other
ideas to help as well as events filled with fun, education and action
can be found on World Oceans Day
launch and will help support the theme of both
World Environment Day and World Oceans Day 2018
JACK JOHNSON SHORT
DOCUMENTARY "THE SMOG OF THE SEA"
Planet or Plastic? is
National Geographic's multiyear initiative aimed at raising awareness
about the global plastic crisis and reducing the amount of single-use
plastic that enters the world's oceans. Using the power of
storytelling and science, National Geographic is encouraging its
audiences around the world to help tackle the crisis, beginning with
the release of the
which takes an in-depth look at the impact of plastic on ocean health
and is available on newsstands now. The multiyear effort includes a
major research and scientific initiative; a continued consumer
education and engagement campaign; updated internal corporate
sustainability commitments; and innovative partnerships with
like-minded corporations and non-governmental organizations from all
over the world.
Money, reduce plastic use;
bottles and cloth shopping bags will save you money. Keep
plastic away from all waterways: rivers and streams flow to
lakes and oceans. Plastics cause a slow painful death for
marine life and birds.
Boyan Slat, of Holland, is the youngest to receive the UN highest Environmental Award. He founded The Ocean Clean Up at age 17 to reduce the time of cleaning up our oceans. (Note: With 6 massive garbage patches of plastics in our oceans around our world this technology offers hope, but only if humans stop allowing plastics to enter our rivers and lakes which all lead to our oceans.)
In case you need further evidence that mankind is doing a remarkable job
of destroying the planet, consider this: If we continue our ways, the
world’s oceans will soon be home to more plastic than fish.
That’s according to a new report from the World Economic Forum and the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. "The best research currently available estimates that there are over 150 million tonnes (165 million tons) of plastics in the ocean today,”
the report reads. “In a business-as-usual scenario, the ocean is
expected to contain 1 tonne (1.1 tons) of plastic for every 3 tonnes of
fish by 2025, and by 2050, more plastics than fish (by weight). In other words, in just 34 years, plastic trash in the ocean will outweigh all the fish in the sea."
But as the ocean surface warms, it absorbs less oxygen. And to make
matters worse, oxygen in warmer water, which is less dense, has a tough
time circulating to deeper waters.
For their study, published in the journal Global Biogeochemical Cycles, Long and his team used simulations to predict ocean deoxygenation through 2100.
“Since oxygen concentrations in the ocean naturally vary depending on
variations in winds and temperature at the surface, it’s been
attribute any deoxygenation to climate change,”
Long said in a statement. “This new study tells us when we can expect
the impact from climate change to overwhelm the natural variability.”
And we don’t have long.
By 2030 or 2040, according
to the study, deoxygenation due to climate change will be detectable in
large swaths of the Pacific Ocean, including the areas surrounding
Hawaii and off the West Coast of the U.S. mainland. Other areas have
more time. In the seas near the east coasts of Africa, Australia, and
Southeast Asia, for example, deoxygenation caused by climate change
still won’t be evident by 2100.
Long said the eventual suffocation may affect the ability of ocean
ecosystems to sustain healthy fisheries. The concern among the
scientific community, he said, is that “we’re conceivably pushing past
tipping points” in being able to prevent the damage.
Michael Mann, a climate scientist at Penn State University, shared
these concerns, telling The Washington Post that the new study adds to
the “list of insults we are inflicting on the ocean through our
continued burning of fossil fuels.”
“Just a week after learning that 93 (percent) of the Great Barrier Reef
has experienced bleaching in response to the unprecedented current
warmth of the oceans, we have yet another reason to be gravely concerned
about the health of our oceans, and yet another reason to prioritize
the rapid decarbonization of our economy,” Mann said.
Unfortunately, this reason is unlikely to be the last.
Another Spill: Shell Oil Spill Dumps Thousands Of Barrels Of Crude Into Gulf Of Mexico
An oil sheen of 2 miles by 13 miles could be seen off the Louisiana coast.
HOUSTON (Reuters) - A 2,100-barrel oil spill in the U.S. Gulf of
Mexico forced Royal Dutch Shell on Thursday to shut in all wells that
flow to its Brutus platform, federal regulators said. The U.S. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) said a
2 mile by 13 mile (about 3 km by 21 km) sheen was visible in the sea
about 97 miles off the Louisiana coast.
Listen To The Bizarre Sound Deep Sea Critters Make Each Night
Each night, billions of marine organisms around the globe travel from the mesopelagic zone — a dark stretch of ocean ranging from 660 to 3,300 feet deep — up to the surface to get their fill. While the feeding frenzy is well documented, scientists for the very first time have captured what the mass migration of fish, shrimp, jellyfish and squid sounds like. “It’s not that loud,
it sounds like a buzzing or humming, and that goes on for an hour to
two hours, depending on the day,” Simone Baumann-Pickering, a marine
biologist at the University of California, San Diego and co-author of
the new study, said in a release.
Deadly salmon disease found in B.C. farmed stock, federal scientists say
It is not clear yet if HSMI disease in farmed Atlantic salmon could threaten B.C.'s wild salmon
A feared viral disease proven deadly in Norwegian fish farms has been
confirmed for the first time by federal scientists studying farmed
salmon in B.C.
Heart and Skeletal Muscle Inflammation (HSMI) has been linked to the
deaths of up to 20 per cent of stock at some Norwegian farms.
"The concern is that it is a disease that hasn't previously been
detected in B.C. and at the present time we really don't have
sufficient evidence to know if it causes mortality or is a production
issue here," said Kristi Miller, part of a team of federal scientists
studying farmed fish samples from sites along the B.C. coast.
The lesions indicated that the fish had HSMI, a disease found in
several countries including Norway in the late 1990s, where it was
linked to low levels of mortality ranging from 0-20 per cent on various
'A fish that has heart disease and muscle damage ... it's not going to make it up to spawn'
- Rick Routledge, Simon Fraser University professor
"We know that this virus, in other parts of the world, can be
observed in freshwater origin fish and we believe we know that here in
B.C. in Atlantic salmon," Miller said Friday.
"But in Norway, while the virus can be observed in fish in
hatcheries, the prevalence of the virus can become much, much higher in
the marine environment," she added.
The fear is that the virus will spread to wild fish once it gets into the open ocean.
Miller's team used cutting-edge technology and collaborated with
international scientists to study 2,400 live and dying salmon from four
Vancouver island fish farms from 2013-2015..
Scientists are trying to define the relationship between HSMI and a virus known as Piscine Reo-virus (PRV).
This virus was first identified in farmed Atlantic salmon in Norway.
It's linked to HSMI, but research is still underway to determine whether
PVR is the cause of the heart and skeletal inflammation.
While experts say there is no definitive proof that one causes the other, the evidence suggests that relationship.
Simon Fraser University professor Rick Routledge said that despite
the low mortality of farmed fish, HSMI could really hurt wild salmon.
"A fish that has heart disease and muscle damage ... it's not going to make it up to spawn," said Routledge.
Federal biologists have found no evidence of HSMI disease in wild salmon in B.C.
Research is still in early stages, and will continue.
The shoreline of Wood Lake is a little cleaner thanks to the efforts
of a handful of volunteers who gave up their Sunday to clear trash from
the local lake. Bags of plastics, Styrofoam and other garbage was collected along the banks of the popular Okanagan fishing lake. Wind, rain and run off flush the materials into the lake, but sometimes it is simply tossed there by people.
World Ocean Day is June 8 and and people around the world are encouraged to clean up local waterways.
Most plastic six-pack rings end up in our oceans and pose a serious
threat to wildlife. This new edible six-pack packaging design actually
feeds animals instead of killing them. (Note: If a small brewery can do this, we must demand that all breweries protect our marine life and STOP using plastic rings)
A group of beermakers in Delray Beach, Fla., north
of Miami, has created a way to sell six packs with rings that are made
of biedegradable — and edible — material.
Saltwater Brewery now
sells “edible six pack rings … using barley and wheat remnants from the
brewing process,” the company says in a video, below:
Between 40,000 and 110,000 metric tons of plastic
from Americans ends up in the ocean every year, according to a study in
Science last year. Researchers said the plastic waste frequently comes
from coastal areas — but some also makes its way through inland
waterways to the ocean.
Plastic can become stuck in sea animals’ bodies along with toxic chemicals and bacteria absorbed by the material.
“We ideated, designed, prototyped and manufactured Edible Six Pack Rings,” according to We Believers,
a NY-based ad agency that partnered with the brewery on the project. “A
six-pack packaging design that instead of killing animals, feeds them."
And while it’s not clear that you’d want to encourage sea
animals to eat beer packaging — biodegradable or otherwise — if this
packaging does make it to sea, at least it's possible it will dissolve
or can be consumed.
Good News: Meet Ooho!, the Edible, Plastic-Free Water Bottle
It's no secret that plastic water bottles are a detriment to the environment -- Americans alone use approximately 50 billion plastic water bottles each year, only 23% of which are recycled. Thus, an additional 38 billion plastic bottles begin a centuries-long decomposition journey annually.
What if we could replace those plastic bottles with something more environmentally friendly -- edible, even?
a completely biodegradable water "bottle" that eschews plastic
packaging altogether for a biodegradable seaweed- and calcium
chloride-based membrane that is safe for human consumption. Vaguely
reminiscent of a silicone implant, Ooho! is essentially an edible water
balloon. When you're ready to hydrate, you simply pierce the membrane
and slurp away:
To create the bottles, spheres of ice are treated with a liquid form
of the seaweed-derived membrane. When the membrane solidifies and the
water melts, a portable, eco-friendly serving of packaged water remains.
Each orb costs only 2 cents to construct.
"The most clear inspiration is the way nature encapsulate liquids
using membranes. Made of lipids and proteins, the membrane enclose,
limit and give a shape, keeping the balance between the interior and the
exterior," the product's designers
Ooho! is the brainchild of London-based Skipping Rocks Lab, which
just received a sizable sustainability grant from the European Union to
hopefully introduce its novel concept on a large scale. The product also
won the Lexus Design Award last year.
When Archduke Franz Ferdinand
of Austria was assassinated in June 1914, no one thought, "Uh-oh, World
War I is starting..." We only recognize the significance of events in
the context of history. I recently had a day like any other except it
made me wonder if we're on the verge of historical change.
On March 2, 2016, I woke to CBC's Early Edition
and heard program host Rick Cluff interviewing Canada's Minister of the
Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna. She was explaining
her infant government's intention to meet the emissions targets set in
Paris in December.
(Please see David Suzuki's full article on Huffington Post)
The reporters wanted to know what specific proposals we had to reduce
greenhouse gas emissions. I pointed out the important hurdle was to
commit to reduce emissions, because until we start, we won't know what
opportunities will arise. I reminded them that in 1961 when President
John F. Kennedy said the U.S. would get American astronauts safely to
the moon and back in a decade, no one knew how they were going to do it.
not only did they achieve the goal before the decade was over, there
were hundreds of totally unanticipated spinoffs, including laptops,
cellphones, GPS, ear thermometers and space blankets. I am absolutely
certain the same will happen when we commit to avoiding chaotic climate
This day wasn't much different than the day before or the next one, but it made me feel that a revolution is already underway.
Earth’s fisheries are in bad shape — populations of some stocks, including tuna and mackerel, declined 74 percent
between 1970 and 2010. A new study, however, offers a glimmer of hope
of what we could expect in the not-so-distant future if global action is
The study, published in Monday’s issue of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences,
finds that with better fishing practices, the majority of the world’s
fisheries — 77 percent, to be exact — could recover to a healthy state
within a decade. And by 2050, global fish populations could double,
resulting in a 204 percent profit increase for the world’s fishermen.
Amanda Leland, senior vice president for oceans at the Environmental
Defense Fund and a co-author of the study, called the findings
surprising and inspiring.
“There’s a really positive story right around the corner,” she told The Huffington Post. “We can have our fish and eat it too.”
“It would be very hard to find another global, significant
environmental challenge that could be solved so quickly,” Leland added.
For the study, researchers from the Environmental Defense Fund, the
University of Washington and the University of California, Santa Barbara
analyzed data from 4,713 fisheries worldwide — representing 78 percent
of global reported fish catch.
To no surprise, they found that business as usual would result in a
“continued collapse for many of the world’s fisheries.” Sustainable
management reforms, however, including science-based catch limits, could
generate yearly increases of more than 16 million metric tons of
seafood, with annual profits of $53 billion, according to the research.
Good News: After years of pressure, Sea World to stop breeding orcas
Jennifer Kay And Mike
Schneider, The Associated Press
ORLANDO, Fla. - After years of pressure, SeaWorld made a surprise
announcement: It no longer breeds killer whales in captivity and will
soon stop making them leap from their pools or splash audiences on
Surrendering Thursday to a profound shift in how people feel about
using animals for entertainment, the SeaWorld theme parks have joined
a growing list of industries dropping live animal tricks. Ringling
Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus is retiring all of its touring
elephants in May. Once-popular animal shows in Las Vegas have
"Society's attitude toward these very, very large, majestic
animals under human care has shifted for a variety of reasons,
whether it's a film, legislation, people's comments on the Internet,"
SeaWorld Entertainment CEO Joel Manby said. "It wasn't worth
fighting that. We needed to move where society was moving."
SeaWorld's 29 killer whales will remain in captivity, but in "new,
inspiring natural orca encounters," according to the company.
SeaWorld's orcas range in age from 1 to 51 years old, so some could
remain on display for decades.
Attendance at SeaWorld's parks declined after the 2013 release of
"Blackfish," a highly critical documentary. Some top
musical acts dropped out of SeaWorld-sponsored concerts at the urging
of animal rights activists, who kept up a visible presence
demonstrating outside the parks' gates.
Still, the decision shocked advocates who have spent decades
campaigning against keeping marine mammals captive, and it represents
a sharp U-turn from SeaWorld's previous reaction to the documentary.
In August 2014, SeaWorld announced major new investments in the
orca program, including new, larger tanks, first in San Diego and
then at its parks in Orlando and San Antonio, Texas.
But the California Coastal Commision didn't approve the $100
million expansion until last October, and when it did, it banned orca
breeding as part of the decision. SeaWorld sued, arguing that the
commission overstepped its authority, but said it would end its San
Diego orca shows by 2017.
Meanwhile, SeaWorld brought in a new leader with more experience
in regional theme parks than zoos and aquariums, which have been
fending off such protests for decades. Manby was hired as SeaWorld
CEO last March 19 after running Dollywood and other musically-themed
parks. He said Thursday that he brought a "fresh perspective"
to the killer whale quandary, and soon realized that "society is
Orcas have been a centerpiece of the SeaWorld parks since shows at
the Shamu stadium in San Diego became the main draw in the 1970s. But
criticism has steadily increased in the decades since and then became
sharper after an orca named Tilikum battered and drowned trainer Dawn
Brancheau after a "Dine with Shamu" show in Orlando in
Her death was highlighted in "Blackfish," and it wasn't
the first for Tilikum. The whale also killed an animal trainer and a
trespasser in the 1990s.
"Blackfish" director Gabriela Cowperthwaite said she
applauds SeaWorld's decision, "but mostly I applaud the public
for recalibrating how they feel ethically about orcas in captivity."
The new orca shows will begin next year at the San Diego park,
before expanding to its San Antonio park and then to Orlando in 2019,
What about shows involving dolphins and other marine mammals?
"Stay tuned on that," Manby said. "A lot of people
don't understand how hard it is internally to make these kinds of
decisions. We need to execute this well. We need to make sure we have
the organization in the same direction. Then we will apply those
SeaWorld has not only discontinued breeding orcas through
artificial insemination; it also feeds the whales birth control
medication, Manby said.
One of SeaWorld's most prolific breeders has been Tilikum. The
35-year-old whale has sired 14 calves during his 23 years in Orlando,
but he's gravely ill now and not expected to live much longer.
"So you're saying you're ending your breeding program? Well,
guess what? Your breeding program is ending anyhow. I think it's
greenwashing," said Ric O'Barry, who directs the
DolphinProject.net advocacy group.
In 2012, SeaWorld sent workers to infiltrate the animal rights
group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, which has been
particularly critical. Manby confirmed the effort last month. He said
the undercover workers were sent to protect the safety of SeaWorld
employees and customers, but he vowed to end the practice.
Now, SeaWorld hopes to turn a less strident foe, the Humane
Society, into a collaborator, helping to educate guests about animal
welfare and conservation through interpretive programs and expanded
advocacy for wild whales, seals and other marine creatures.
Humane Society CEO Wayne Pacelle, who called SeaWorld's about-face
a "monumental announcement," said his organization is by no
means naive about SeaWorld, but sees a chance to make progress for
"We didn't want to be endlessly mired in conflict,"
PETA wasn't satisfied, insisting Thursday that SeaWorld should
give up its orcas altogether.
"SeaWorld must open its tanks to the oceans to allow the
orcas it now holds captive to have some semblance of a life outside
these prison tanks," PETA spokeswoman Colleen O'Brien said in a
Manby countered that no captive dolphin or orca has been
successfully released into the wild.
SeaWorld is abandoning plans to expand its orca tanks now that the
breeding program has ended, the company said. A spokeswoman for the
California Coastal Commission praised this, and suggested that
SeaWorld drop its lawsuit as well.
Manby said SeaWorld's three marine parks may move closer to the
balance of rides, shows and animals found at the company's Busch
Gardens parks. They need a mixture of experiences to keep a family at
the park all day, he said.
"I do think you have to have more rides," Manby said.
"Some of these messages about animal welfare ... You can't hit
them with that all day because sometimes it's a heavy message. You
have to balance it."
Associated Press writer Freida Frisaro in Miami contributed this
2 Very Important Announcements on World Oceans Day:
# 1 OCEANA: Ted Danson (author, environmental activist and Cheers/CSI actor) was in Canada on World Oceans Day to announce the launch of Oceana Canada. www.Oceana.ca as part of the international organization's work to protect the oceans and feed the world, with scientists working to change fishing policies and practices. Mr. Danson was interviewed by most media and stated "Canada has amongst the worlds top scientists" and he cautioned people not to eat farmed fish. As spokes person for the scientists and Board member at Oceana, Ted Danson was interviewed by The Toronto Star, City TV, CTV, Global TV, The Weather Network and more.
Harmful Practices of Industrial Aquaculture (Shellfish Farms)
ADIMS is not opposed to sustainable aquaculture but many of the existing industry practices are harmful to the marine environment and not sustainable. These practices destroy habitat for marine birds and other marine life and result in a deterioration and loss of marine areas for other uses and values such as tourism, recreation, other fisheries (both sport and commercial), and safe anchorages. (Volunteers on Denman Island pick up between 3 and 5 tons of plastics every year, most of it from the shell fish farms).
The Weather Network announces World Oceans Day, June 8th, four times per hour all through the day.
Ban On Captivity of Whales, Dolphins, Porpoises Sought in Canada
Senator Wilfred Moore has introduced a bill to ban the captivity of healthy whales, dolphins and porpoise in Canada, stating the practice is cruel and inhumane and contravenes current animal protection laws; this bill is gaining both political and public support. Keeping the animals cooped up for the sake of entertainment is unjustifiably cruel, said Sen. Wilfred Moore
Retailers/Manufacturers Plan To Stop Using Products Harmful To Waterways & Fish
Loblaws, who also owns Shoppers Drugmart, has pledged to stop selling products with triclosan, phthalates and microbeads by the end of 2018. Loblaws has joined other retailers in a pledge to only sell sustainable fish. (Walmart, Sobeys, Save On Foods, Safeway and Cosco have also pledged to sell only sustainable fish).
Some companies have promised a voluntary phase-out of plastic beads which pollute our lakes/rivers/oceans killing marine life and birds. Others have made no commitments.
Promises to phase-out:
Beiersdorf (by the end of 2015)
Colgate-Palmolive (by end of 2014)
Johnson & Johnson (by end of 2017, phase 1 by the end of 2015)
by The Canadian Press | Story: 140988 - May 28, 2015 / 6:45 pm
About 80 per cent of human-made debris found in the Great Lakes is plastic, ranging from tiny micro-beads found in cosmetics and clothing fibers to bottles and plastic wrap, scientists said Thursday during a meeting of Great Lakes scientists being held at the University of Vermont.
While the big pieces can be ugly, the smaller pieces can attract dangerous chemicals, such as pesticides or herbicides, which can then be eaten by plankton, mussels, fish or birds, the scientists said.
"The concern is ... these plastics act as a means to move ... toxic compounds into the food web and into us," said Sherri Mason, a chemist who led a Thursday session on micro-plastics at the 58th Annual Conference on Great Lakes Research.
The danger of plastic pollution in the world's oceans has been around for some time. However, the scientific awareness of the threat to the Great Lakes is relatively new, only coming to the attention of scientists in the last several years, said Mason, who works at the State University of New York at Fredonia.
During the past couple of years, Mason and her colleagues have documented micro-plastic litter — some too small to see with the naked eye — in the Great Lakes. Some of the particles are abrasive beads used in personal care products such as facial and body washes and toothpastes. Others are more traditional litter that don't decompose and only gets broken into smaller pieces.
Some states are making efforts to control the microbeads. Earlier this week, Michigan's two Democratic U.S. Senators, Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters, introduced legislation to phase out the manufacture and sale of microbeads found in household products. Similar legislation has been introduced in the U.S. House.
Thursday's sessions were for scientists to bring each other up to speed on what is being done in different parts of the Great Lakes to confront the problem. They heard of efforts to count how much plastic is washing up on beaches in the U.S. and Canada. They also heard of efforts to count plastic pieces floating in the water of the lakes and their tributaries and in the sediment on the bottom.
The meeting also gave the scientists the opportunity to trade techniques and tips as detailed as the size of mesh that's most effective when used to skim for tiny plastics.
"The goal of all of this ... is creating a framework for assessing the risk of these plastics in the environment," said Melissa Duhaime of the University of Michigan. "So (we're) thinking about the risk of exposure to plastics and potentially to toxins, potentially to microbes and what the implications might be."
World Oceans Day; tell politicians climate change matters
(Note: Communicating with Education Departments and Teachers across Canada for the past 4 years, World Oceans Day has been successful at reaching students, particularly younger children with our Lessons and Educational Resources)
Holy mackerel: A delicious, cheap, sustainable fish for World Oceans Day
CANADA IS FOUND TO BE SEVERELY LACKING WHEN IT COMES TO PROTECTING ITS OCEAN ECOSYSTEMS
June 1, 2015
A report released today by the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society says Canada is doing a poor job protecting its ocean ecosystems from industrial development. It says only 0.11 per cent of Canada's ocean territory is fully closed to what it calls extractive activities such as fishing and oil and gas development. That compares quite poorly to the United States and the United Kingdom where the fully protected area is closer to 10 per cent.
Cities around the world are celebrating our blue planet with World Oceans Day on June 8. Beach cleanups, festivals, lectures, art shows and many other activities will focus on the need to take better care of our most valuable resource. And the oceans desperately need our attention.
30 Days before the World Ocean Day Ebook Launch an Indiegogo Campaign was launched to "Help" this new very informative book that gives Marine Life a Voice
World Ocean Day Book Release!
World Ocean Day Book Release!
JUNE 8th - 2013
21st Century - The Age of Protection
Not only a voice for the ocean;
This is a journey of an artist”
Six long years in the making and the book is finally complete!
30 Days before the World Ocean Day Ebook Launch an Indiegogo Campaign was launched to "Help" this new very informative book that gives Marine Life a Voice become a paperback book to be donated to schools and libraries. This book was compiled of facts of marine life slaughters, government actions and non-action, and organizations from grass-roots up doing great work.
'EDUCATE to ACTIVATE' Help '21st Century - The Age Of Protection' Into Schools by joining the campaign
There is an Ocean Crisis that needs to be truthfully told &
Why Not through a Visual Voice!
This book has created a visual voice for thousands of marine life calls for action! From sharks, whales, seals, dolphins, turtles, and mass communities by overfishing. These lives have a story that need to be told in order to stop the attrocities inflicted upon them.
A lot of great action from Sea Shepherd Conservation Society has been documented on a few paintings along with the immediate story on how their actions inspired me to paint them with the whales and seals - Chapters 2 & 3 & 6
Summary from the Book:
"We along with several other species, are being faced with the possibility of extinction. As a result of extensive research, I have drawn the conclusion that sometime within the past 50-60 years, 90% of everything living on the planet has been affected in a devastating manner. As an example, currently only 10% of wild lions, sharks and coral reefs remain. Deforestation is becoming as commonplace as climate change. One thing is for certain: Homo sapiens are directly responsible for these atrocities against nature.
A crucial and urgent choice faces us: we can either continue on this path of extinction or immediately start to protect what we love - LIFE!
I wrote this book in response to the issue of shark finning, initially raised over six years ago with the release of the film, Sharkwater. At that time, my paintings reflected current issues affecting the world’s oceans, and how we, as a species, were literally transforming this biosphere into a world of waste and consumption. I also became better acquainted with the conservation actions of Sea Shepherd and their Antarctic whaling campaigns.
Acidification is the equally evil twin’ of the climate crisis.
Today, June 5, is World Environment Day, and June 8 is World Oceans Day, with the full week marked in Canada by legislation as Environment Week.
Under other prime ministers, Environment Week was a big deal. When I worked for Tom McMillan, environment minister under former prime minister Brian Mulroney, Environment Canada distributed $1 million in funding to community and environmental groups across Canada for community awareness-raising activities during Environment Week. This effort to give very small grants to groups across Canada for Environment Week continued under prime ministers Chrétien and Martin. No more.
The focus on June 8 on our oceans is a rare time when we actually turn our attention to the source of life on earth. As terrestrial creatures, we tend to forget that life on dry land is not possible without life in our oceans. Our survival is intimately connected to the oceansfor the protein we consume from the fisheries, for the role played by oceans in carbon sequestration and moderating climate, among other essential functions.
The threats to the health of our oceans are growing as never before. As the excellent report from Justice Bruce Cohen on the fate of the wild British Columbia salmon pointed out, the threats are multiple and complex. The Cohen report enumerated the threats to salmon, closely mirroring the threats throughout the oceans: land-based sources of marine pollution, over-fishing, climate change, aquaculture operations, loss of habitat, to name a few. The fact that the federal fisheries minister has still not responded to this landmark report does not bode well.
Among the many threats, as Justice Cohen noted, the growth of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere is the greatest threat of all. The impacts of climate change on the ocean are as complex as the myriad interconnected threats from all the other reckless actions of humanity.
Warmer water has immediate negative impacts on some critical ecosystems. In the tropics, warmer water triggers bleaching of coral reefsending the life in those extraordinarily biologically diverse bits of paradise.
In Canada, warmer inland waters, particularly in critical salmon habitat in rivers and streams, essentially eliminate salmon habitat. Salmon are entirely dependent on cool waters for spawning and for the new fry to travel safely out to sea.
And, of course, in our Arctic waters, global warming is causing dramatic and dangerous loss of Arctic ice. The impacts on ecosystems are profound. The loss of ice has local effects, such as threatening the survival of polar bears and the Inuit traditional way of life. It also has global effects, such as driving the climate into new extremes of life-threatening intense storms, heat waves, and droughts.
Perhaps the most devastating threat created by our collective failure to effectively limit the growth in greenhouse gas emissions is that of ocean acidification. The increased level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is transferring carbon to our oceans. The gases in the atmosphere and water mix. Carbon moves from atmosphere to ocean. Most of this transfer has been beneficial in playing a critical role in pulling carbon from the atmosphere.
Over the last 200 years, it is estimated that the oceans have absorbed about one-third of all the greenhouse gases released through human activity. Certainly, the climate crisis would be more aggressive and dangerous if the oceans had not been providing this key “netting out” effect.
However, as that carbon loading has continued unabated, the carbon in the ocean is changing the chemistry of ocean water. Generally, ocean water is alkaline (or basic). However, as carbon mixes and changes in its chemistry, it becomes carbonic acid. Over time, the ocean is becoming acidified.
The impact of ocean acidification is already having measurable impacts in weakening the shells of crustaceans. All crustaceans need carbonate in order to build shells, but carbonic acid is corrosive to crustacean shells.
The potential assault on all crustaceans would have a devastating impact on the food chainultimately threatening all life in the ocean. As the head of the NOAA (the United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration), Jane Lubchenco, told the National Geographic, ocean acidification is the “equally evil twin” of the climate crisis.
As a society, we are failing to confront even those manageable and local impacts of treating the oceans as a resource so abundant that we make the mistake of assuming it to be infinite. As we cannot manage the conventional threats, little wonder we turn a blind eye to the threat posed by our use of the atmosphere as a free dump for fossil fuel pollution to the life in our oceans.
On June 8, we celebrate World Oceans Day, but all is not well with the sea. There is a war on our oceans, and it's a fight we can't afford to lose.
The enemy is within -- it is us -- it is our generation failing the next. It is what we have allowed ourselves and our society to become. It is what we have tolerated and accepted from our representatives in Congress for far too long.
In our apathy, in our absence to speak and our failure to act, we have emboldened and empowered a disengaged fringe group of politicians who are intent on blocking and dismantling vital ocean conservation measures.
On our watch, we have left our youngest, our most innocent and vulnerable, precious children, with an uncertain future on a planet that may not be able to sustain them -- all because we are not holding our government accountable.
As a society, we all share in the blame, as we have mindlessly ignored the warning signs time and time again, and passively watched the systematic destruction of the oceans blue building blocks; the very foundation upon which our planet and the next generation's future depends.
On June 8, we celebrate World Ocean Day, a date designated by the United Nations to recognize our relationship with the ocean through so many different ways of global connection. Around the world, through the World Ocean Network, The Ocean Project, and many other organizations with ocean interests, events will take place to highlight the value of ocean resources. There will be maritime festivals and beach clean-ups, school projects and environmental presentations the world over. What was once a bright idea is now an international event that for one brief moment focuses some part of ephemeral world interest on the ocean and its benefit for all mankind.
Of course, every day is ocean day. And we can claim that with the authority of the headlines that every day point to some ocean issue of import: the catastrophic disaster of a failed drilling rig or shipping accident, piracy in Arabian waters, the trade impact of an expanded Panama Canal, the security implications of the opening of Northern Arctic passages, the decline of fisheries across the world economy, the vast plastic wasteland floating in mid-Pacific, the arrival of Japanese tsunami debris drifting onto American shores, and the continuing, growing evidence of the negative impact of climate change on the ocean and its capacity for supporting all aspects of human survival.
What is Ocean Day meant to do? If all those concerned with ocean issues were to shout at once, there would be a compelling noise, enough to let us know that others around the world also care, enough to give us confidence that our whole is greater by the sum of our individual voices, and perhaps enough to penetrate the consciousness of a political structure that for the most part continues to ignore ocean issues, willfully waiting until it is too late. Sadly, if we hear anything at all, it is either the silence of indifference, or the shrill pitch of denial, or occasionally, the clear prescient voice of science and reality, there, but apparently not yet loud enough to make the necessary difference for the deciders.
A recent survey conducted by The Ocean Project has indicated that public awareness of ocean issues in the United States has not advanced at all over a ten-year period -- no progress despite consistent and continuing efforts by conservation, ocean, and other environmental organizations to inform and educate. What, then, does it take for the will of the people to coalesce around a single issue, to be informed and changed into a voice for change, and to counter the lassitude and cynicism? The analogy that occurs of course is the ocean itself, believed to be infinite in its capacity to dissolve the toxins, absorb the oil, sequester the CO2, cleanse the waste, circulate the protein and fresh water, heal itself along with the poisons of others. Cleaning the beaches on Ocean Day is a reminder of what the ocean cannot assimilate - poly nets and fishing lines, plastic bags and containers, and congealed residue of too much oil spilled or chemicals deposited, fish and birds struggling to recover from polluted, de-oxygenated waters, and disrupted lives of so many worldwide who have for generations made their living from the sea. This detritus, both natural and social, is ample evidence that the ocean has reached its limit and that, if we continue to despoil it, we risk a vast, terrible, irretrievable loss.
When we stand by the sea, or when we imagine it in our minds, we perceive Nature in the reality of its movement, shifting light, and sense of life. When we study the ocean, we understand its contribution to our health and well-being through water, food, energy, and economic, cultural, and spiritual connection. Why would we put such a valuable thing at risk? Why would we subvert a national policy to protect it? Why would we ignore a system of governance and law for the sea to manage it? Why, deliberately, through acts of commission and omission, would we allow such a vital, fecund thing to be compromised, poisoned, and killed? Surely, if on this Ocean Day we can come to the realization that such acts are truly self-destructive, we can then use every other day to spread the word, to act in some overt way to change our behaviors, and to otherwise transform the will of one "citizen of the ocean" to become thousands, to become millions, who demand that the ocean be returned from scarcity to abundance, from conflict to accommodation, from exploitation to sustainability, from ignorance to intelligent action for our future.
The ocean will serve us well, forever, if only we demand, now, to serve it better.
Chief Scientist for Oceans, Conservation International
For the first time in history, some industries face the real possibility of maxing out the Earth's natural resources in an effort to meet growing consumer demand. Ocean resources are of particular concern.
Our oceans are the single largest asset in the world. In 1997, the oceans were estimated to contribute more than US$ 21 trillion in free materials and services such as food provision and oxygen generation. In comparison, the world's GDP at that time was $US 18 trillion. The importance of healthy productive oceans is hard to overstate.
On World Oceans Day, the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Oceans is endorsing two initiatives to guide management of ocean resources for the future: the Ocean Health Index and "seafood traceability"(transparent tracking of seafood from source to consumer).
Today, industry faces one of the biggest shifts in its history. Global spending on goods and services is forecast to grow 43 percent in the next 10 years.
For business, it's not a question of "Will we grow?" but "Can we grow enough? "Will finite resources limit our ability to meet the demand by a fast-growing middle class for high-quality foods and products? Can we feed a population of 9 billion people who will require 70 percent more food than we produce today?
We never thought we could "fish out" the world's oceans. But it's happened.
Honourable Keith Ashfield, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans
If there’s one thing we love here on Vancouver Island — It’s the ocean. We put patios near it, covet houses with a view of it, sit on its beaches, hike on the rocks looking for interesting little critters that live in it.
So this Saturday, June 8th on World Oceans Day (the holiday to raise global awareness on issues about our oceans) — I assume you’ll be taking part in all kinds of oceany activities.
Along with your usual walk at Island View Beach you might want to head to Sidney’s Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre. In addition to stuff in side, they’ve got a free event going on behind the aquarium with booths from Parks Canada, Institute of Ocean Sciences along with kids activities.
From Langdale to Egmont, the Sunshine Coast is an ocean playground on all accounts. Whether you like kayaking, swimming, setting crab traps or just watching orcas and seals swim by, the ocean provides an abundance of pleasure, food and employment. It is a defining element of our wonderful lifestyle here on the Coast.
World Oceans Day on June 8 will feature celebratory events around the globe.
The Government of Canada first proposed a World Oceans Day back at the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro. Since then, a day to celebrate oceans has been marked in many countries around the globe, and in 2009 the United Nations officially declared a World Oceans Day. Well done Canada!
The purpose of this day is to have people around the world realize what a precious resource our ocean is, and recognize the changes needed to become better caretakers of our oceans. Truly it is a day to learn, share and generally respect what these great waters provide for all of us.
Last year there were 600 events planned in 55 countries and these numbers are growing. Locally, you can do your part by taking the time to learn some new things about the ocean and its benefits along with just heading out and enjoying it for what it’s worth. It’s also a good time to recognize that cutting down on herbicides and pesticides can help keep these pollutants from running off into the ocean.
World Oceans Day spotlights the need to learn more about protecting ocean wildlife by such simple actions as not disposing of fishing lines or plastic items in the water. Protection measures include being considerate of all sea life including sea birds, mammals and turtles by respecting nesting grounds (especially important to future stocks) and using a high level of care around delicate marine sanctuaries.
Most recently, a pod of orcas appeared in Porpoise Bay, herding and hunting a pod of dolphins or porpoises. While many enjoyed observing these magnificent marine mammals from the shore, boaters in the area buzzed very close to them, harassing and disturbing their hunt. This disruptive behaviour by the boaters was later condemned on Facebook. Most Coast residents recognize and celebrate the great mammals returning to our waters and want to keep them safe, and their numbers growing.
Global pollution and poorly managed fisheries have resulted in dwindling numbers of many marine species. Sunshine Coast resident Jay Ritchlin is a director of the David Suzuki Foundation and says “We’ve seen some positive developments in the way Canada manages its oceans, however many challenges remain and everyone needs to play a part by supporting strong marine conservation and making the right seafood choices at the supermarket.”
The World Oceans Day theme for 2013 is ‘Together we have the power to protect the ocean’. Organizers are asking people to make a promise to change one thing in their lives that will help support the ocean, then upload a photo of yourself with that promise to Facebook or any social media site so that all your friends can see.
Since Sunshine Coast tourism, industry and our overall lives are so heavily influenced by the sea, it is important for us to show our support in whatever way we can so that future generations of Coast residents get to enjoy this wonderful ocean playground.
Oceans Day: Don’t waver in your duty to take meaningful action
Oceans Day (June 8) is a time to think about the issues facing our oceans and to take collective, meaningful action towards addressing them.
However, current problems in oceans management are diverse and complex, and there is a tendency to focus solely on specific issues without recognizing their interconnectedness. This has often created cross-sector conflicts, which, in turn, become a barrier to constructive dialogue and action to support sustainable ocean management.
The concept was proposed on June 8th, 1992 by Canada, at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It was unofficially celebrated every year as World Oceans Day until the UN proclamation. It has been coordinated internationally since then by The Ocean Project, and the World Ocean Network, with greater success and global participation each year.
World Oceans Day is an opportunity every year to honour the world’s oceans, celebrate the products the ocean provides such as seafood as well as marine life itself for aquariums, pets, and also a time to appreciate its own intrinsic value. The ocean also provides sea-lanes for international trade. Global pollution and over-consumption of fish have resulted in drastically dwindling population of the majority of species.
The Ocean Project, working in partnership with the World Ocean Network, with its network of over 1,600 organizations and others throughout the world, has been promoting World Oceans Day since 2003. These groups have been working to build greater awareness of the crucial role of the ocean in our lives, and the important ways that people can help.
World Oceans Day provides us an opportunity to get directly involved in protecting our future, through a new mindset and personal and community action and involvement, such as beach cleanups, educational programs, art contests, film festivals, sustainable seafood events, and other planned activities help to raise consciousness of how our lives depend on the oceans. World Oceans Day Canada, and World Oceans Week Canada, were conceived in 2009 by a few people with passion for the world that we live in.
The board of directors has since grown to include experienced business and environmental champions from coast to coast. World Oceans Day Canada (WODC) is pleased to announce their partnership with Oceans Networks Canada (ONC), a University of Victoria initiative, and now a world leader in marine exploration. Both organizations are dedicated to the preservation and sustainability of our waterways and oceans through education and action.
“WODC is very excited about the world renown marine observation systems at ONC, Venus and Neptune Canada, as well as their Ship To Shore educational tools,” said executive director of World Oceans Day Canada, Stephen Freitag. “We are pleased to have their input on our website.” Natasha Ewing of Ocean Networks Canada will sit on the Steering Committee of World Oceans Day Canada, bringing a focus on education for the K to 12 age groups, and community action activities.
For more information about this great cause, and how you can be more involved, visit: www.WorldOceansDay.ca
QUÉBEC CITY, May 31, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - World Oceans Day has been celebrated on June 8, ever since the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992. This now popular celebration serves as an opportunity to remind us that oceans constitute a source of life. This year, the Montréal Space for Life, Québec-Océan and CPAWS Québec are joining forces to offer Quebecers free advance showings of Planet Ocean, the latest film by Yann Arthus-Bertrand and Michael Pitiot.
Learn more to better protect
Oceans provide a significant proportion of the air we breathe and the food we consume. They are an important part of our history, life and the place we call home. However, oceans are not only threatened by local human activity, but also by global changes. Protecting them and understanding their complex underlying mechanisms is crucial to our future.
"Only 2% of oceans today are protected on a global scale, and even less than 1% in Québec!" says Brigitte Robineau, Coordinator for Québec-Océan. "The research conducted by oceanographers should be the objective basis on which the marine environment in Québec is managed."
Screenings in Rimouski, Québec City and Montréal
What better way to raise public awareness than with a free screening of a film that not only portrays oceans in all their splendour, but also shows their complex vulnerability?
Ten screenings are also planned in Québec City from June 7 to 9, and marine specialists will be on hand to answer questions from the audience.
Those attending screenings at the Montréal Botanical Garden will also have the opportunity to take part in a series of special activities and speak to a number of guests at the Biodôme to learn about concrete actions they can take to protect our oceans. At the Biodôme, visitors can participant in activities on the vast expanses of plastic and ghost nets. The screening of the 3rd episode of 1000 Days for the Planet, Garbage Patch, will be followed by discussions with crew members of the Sedna IV.
"It's an opportunity for Space for Life to show the public just how fragile our marine environments are, as well as the numerous challenges the international community is up against, and the social, environmental and economic benefits of oceans." says Charles-Mathieu Brunelle, Executive Director of the Space for Life.
And as Jérôme Spaggiari, Conservation Coordinator at CPAWS Québec, explained, "The entire international community recommends that protected marine areas be created since they help to improve the health of marine ecosystems, thus benefiting everyone."
We hope that these initiatives will help mobilize more people to support CPAWS in quickly developing a network of protected marine areas in Québec and Canada!
Free screenings of Yann Arthus-Bertrand's film Planet Ocean:
CPAWS is a non-profit organization founded in 1963 by citizens who were eager to protect natural areas. CPAWS has 13 local chapters throughout the country, and the Québec chapter opened its doors in 2001. CPAWS Québec's mission is to protect natural heritage by promoting the creation of protected areas, improving the management of existing areas and of the entire public territory. Our actions speak for themselves as we have already contributed to protecting nearly 500,000 square kilometres of Canada's natural heritage. For more information, visit www.snapqc.org/en.
Québec-Océan is an interinstitutional research group that is recognized around the world for its oceanography work. It consists of 72 marine science researchers, scattered mainly throughout Québec universities offering oceanography programs and the Maurice-Lamontagne Institute (Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada). The researchers at Québec-Océan take part in ambitious research programs in the Arctic and seas throughout the world. They have access to research vessels such as the CCGS Amundsen icebreaker and the Coriolis II, as well as sophisticated scientific equipment. For more information, visit www.quebec-ocean.ulaval.ca.
Space for Life The Biodôme, Insectarium, Botanical Garden and Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium come together in one location where nature and science take centre stage: a Space for Life. It is a participatory movement in which communities from near and far are invited to join. And it is also a commitment to protecting our planet's biodiver