Whytecliff Marine Park: In 1992, the Aquarium assisted in the creation of Whytecliff Marine Park, Canada’s first Marine Protected Area.
The Marine Mammal Rescue Centre Presented by Port Metro Vancouver. The Vancouver Aquarium has been involved in the rescue and rehabilitation of marine mammals for almost fifty years. In that time, the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Mammal Rescue Centre has grown from admitting one or two animals in a season, to admitting over 150 in recent years. Animals receive expert veterinary treatment and supportive care to recuperate before they are released.
Steller Sea Lion Research: Researchers are searching for clues to the massive decline in Steller sea lion numbers in many of their habitats. Aquarium-based research explores questions about diet, food intake, growth and metabolism of Steller sea lions.
The B.C. Wild Killer Whale Adoption Program: This Program allows the public to support research efforts by adopting one of B.C.’s 600 wild killer whales. Donations are tax deductible, with proceeds going directly towards wild killer whale research in British Columbia. Visit www.killerwhale.org for more information.
The Murray A. Newman Field Station: In Howe Sound, B.C., research includes documentation of hake and prawn nursery grounds, lack of planktonic dispersal of shoreline fishes, and the variability and new taxonomic descriptions of larval fishes.
BC Hydro Salmon Stream: A salmon stream has been restored and stocked with Coho, pink, and chum salmon that will spawn in an exhibit at the Aquarium. Interpretive signage and educational programming at the Aquarium accompanies the project. The project is a partnership between the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation, BC Hydro, and the Aquarium.
The Wild Coast Exhibit: opened on June 29, 2001. The exhibit features walkways allowing visitors to interact with marine life found on the West Coast and learn about conservation issues.