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How You Support Us

Vancouver Aquarium, an Ocean Wise initiative, is one of the world's leading accredited aquariums, 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 over 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

Vancouver Aquarium Marine Mammal Rescue, an Ocean Wise initiative, is Canada’s only dedicated marine mammal rescue facility and one of the largest rescue facilities in the world. We have been involved in marine mammal rescue and rehabilitation for over fifty years. Our current facilities allow for on-site rehabilitation of seals, sea lions, sea otters, sea turtles and small cetaceans, such as harbour porpoise. We are also equipped to respond to off-site marine mammal emergencies, including disentangling sea lions in the wild.Each year, our rescue program saves over 150 marine mammals and rehabilitates them for release back into their natural habitat. 

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Ocean Wise Seafood Program

Overfishing is one of the biggest threats our oceans face today. The Ocean Wise symbol next to a seafood item is our assurance of an ocean-friendly seafood choice. With over 700 Ocean Wise partners with thousands of locations across Canada, the Ocean Wise seafood program makes it easy for consumers to make sustainable seafood choices that ensure the health of our oceans for generations to come.


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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