Conserving Our Natural World
Today, we are facing numerous significant conservation issues, ranging from the devastating effects of the melting sea ice in the Arctic to the many amphibian species that are facing possible extinction. Overfishing is currently one of the greatest threats to our oceans. The Vancouver Aquarium created the Ocean Wise™ program to make it easy for consumers to choose sustainably sourced seafood that will help ensure the future health of our oceans. Furthermore, we annually operate the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup to help preserve our shorelines. In 2011, over 56,000 people removed more than 143,000 kg of litter from over 3,100 km of shoreline. We are also focused on establishing Marine Protected Areas (MPA’s) in British Columbia, which act as sanctuaries for dangerously depleted marine populations through the prohibition of fishing and shellfish harvesting.