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How You Support Us

The Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre is a self-supporting, non-profit society dedicated to the conservation of aquatic life. We are a global leader in conservation, research and education, working with partners around the world to better understand and protect our ocean environments.  For nearly 60 years, it’s been our mission to connect people to the natural world and to make changes to positively affect the environment around them.

You can make a big impact by purchasing tickets to Night at the Aquarium, participating in the live and silent auctions at the event or by making a donation.


Why Support Us?

Here are just some of our many conservation, research and education initiatives.
To see more on the work we do, visit the support section of our website. 


Marine Mammal Rescue

Like humans, aquatic animals get sick, injured and orphaned.  So we created a hospital just for them – the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Mammal Rescue Centre. With the help of passionate volunteers, we rescue, rehabilitate and release more than 100 animals each year. The only such facility of its kind in Canada, the staff and volunteers at the Rescue Centre have worked to save harbour seals, harbour porpoises, sea otters, killer whales, and most recently, a rare false killer whale calf.

Ocean Wise

Ocean Wise

It may seem unbelievable, but 90 percent of all large fishes have been caught. Due to unsustainable fishing practices, we're now fishing the world's last 10 percent of shark, swordfish and tuna. Ocean Wise was created to give you the power to change a marketplace. The Ocean Wise label on a seafood item lets you know that an item has been harvested responsibly. As well, Ocean Wise works directly with local restaurants, markets, food services and suppliers to ensure that they have the most current scientific information and help them make ocean-friendly buying decisions.


Did you know that many children have never been to the ocean? That’s why we created AquaVan – a hands-on, mobile education team delivering award-winning aquatic programs featuring live animals, props and activities. AquaVan educators travel to communities throughout Western Canada making aquatic science accessible and fun.

KWAP Credit: Lance Barrett-Lennard

Killer Whale Research

Learning everything we can about killer whales is the best way to protect them.  For more than 30 years, our Cetacean Research Lab has been participating in the longest running field study of killer whales in the world and conducting research on their ecology, social structure and conservation.


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