Protecting our blue planet
Our oceans are under threat—overfishing, acidification and marine pollution are just three of the issues challenging our aquatic world. As a conservation organization, Vancouver Aquarium takes its responsibility as a guardian to our oceans seriously.
Like a pearl gleaming in an oyster, our public face is only the showiest aspect of our persona. You’ll find evidence of our dedication to conservation, research and education in our gallery displays and school programs, but what we do behind the scenes is even more important.
Take meaningful programs like our Marine Mammal Rescue Centre, presented by Port Metro Vancouver and supported by Teekay Shipping, which is the only hospital of its kind in Canada. Our veterinarian, Dr. Martin Haulena, recently led the rehabilitation of an ailing harbour porpoise called Levi. After 23 weeks of intensive care, his subsequent release back into the wild was a Canadian first that will inform global studies.
Meanwhile, our internationally renowned Marine Mammal Research Program continues to investigate and draw attention to mysteries like why the West Coast’s highly vocal orcas seem to have fallen silent.
Our conservation efforts directly contribute to protecting our planet’s resources and the aquatic life that depends on them.