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Impactful Research

Vancouver Aquarium, an Ocean Wise ® initiative, is home to thousands of incredible ocean species and amazing aquatic life. It’s also Ocean Wise headquarters, where our scientists, educators and conservation experts do their work, not only to protect our oceans but to inspire others to join us in our mission. 

Since 1956, our researchers have been conducting original studies of habitats and animals (fish, invertebrates and mammals) in the wild and on site in order to advance our knowledge necessary to enhance environmental conservation. Much of our research would be impossible to perform in the wild and there are few opportunities for researchers, in academic or government research departments, to access captive animals. We are in a unique position to study and observe aquatic life.

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Our Programs

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Coastal Ocean Research Institute

The Coastal Ocean Research Institute will systematically collect, analyze, and publicly communicate data describing the health of coastal ecosystems on Canada’s West Coast.

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Cetacean Research

We have a long tradition of research on cetaceans, including the world's longest continuous study of killer whales.

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Ocean Pollution Research Program

The Ocean Pollution Research Program is a major new research initiative that will conduct international-caliber scientific research on ocean pollution.

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The Consortium's mission is to conduct research on the relationships between fisheries and marine mammals in the North Pacific Ocean.

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Fish Research

We conduct annual population surveys for rockfish and lingcod, and are working to re-establish these depleting populations.

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Howe Sound Group

The Howe Sound Group and our Fish Research Team conduct natural history studies and documentary work, and monitor depleted stocks.

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Marine Protected Areas

We are one of several Canadian conservation groups arguing for a network of marine protected areas in British Columbia.

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We create photomurals that allow you to view expansive images of B.C.'s normally hard to photograph underwater world.

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Research Publications

Since 1956, our researchers have been conducting original studies of marine mammals on site in order to advance our knowledge necessary to enhance environmental conservation. 

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Sea Stars

The coast of British Columbia is currently experiencing a sea star mass mortality event, coined Sea Star Wasting Syndrome. 

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Steller Sea Lions

Six Steller sea lions at the Vancouver Aquarium are participating in research designed to answer questions about diet, growth and metabolism.


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