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Our Commitment
To Conservation

Take action with us. A sanctuary in the heart of Stanley Park, the Vancouver Aquarium, an Ocean Wise ® initiative, is home to thousands of incredible ocean species and amazing aquatic life. It’s also Ocean Wise headquarters, where our scientists, educators and conservation experts do their work, not only to protect our oceans but to inspire others to join us in our mission. Our staff and volunteers have been involved in the creation of Canada's first no-take marine protected area, as well as wetlands restoration and beach clean-ups. They do wildlife rescue and rehabilitations, and population surveys of marine mammals and intertidal fishes. You can help us ensure that our oceans stay healthy by joining us on any of our initiatives. 

Successful Rescue

Taking Direct Action

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Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup™

Held each September, the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup is a national community program coordinated by us. In 2010, thousands of volunteers cleaned up over 98,000 kg of litter from 2,235 km of shoreline.

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Marine Mammal Rescue

The Vancouver Aquarium’s Marine Mammal Rescue Centre has been assisting distressed marine mammals along British Columbia’s coast for over forty years. Each year, we rescue and rehabilitate over 150 stranded marine animals.

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Ocean Wise Seafood

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.

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Symbolic Adoptions

When you symbolically adopt a member of the Vancouver Aquarium family, you’re giving a unique gift and supporting the conservation of aquatic life. 

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Vancouver Aquarium Wild Killer Whale Adoption Program

Take home a new member of the family and help us conserve wild killer whales. The B.C. Wild Killer Whale Adoption Program, supports the long-term conservation of killer whale populations.

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North Coast Initiative

The North Coast Initiative is the northern extension of our cetacean research program. Established in 2014 and based in Prince Rupert, the initiative aims to create a community-based cetacean research program in the North that allows for better long-term monitoring of an area that has previously had less intensive research than more southerly areas of the coast.

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B.C. Cetacean Sighting Network

The B.C. Cetacean Sightings Network, or Wild Whales, is a conservation and research collaboration between the us and Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO). We collect sightings to better understand threatened populations in the wild.

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Ikaarvik: Barriers to Bridges is a program that works with Arctic youth to be the bridge between research and their communities. Youth identify and explore the strengths of Inuit Knowledge and the strengths of science, and how the two ways of knowing can work together to address issues of local concern. They work with their communities to identify local research priorities, and they work with researchers to address those priorities.

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Environmental Management System

We're working hard to become a leader in corporate environmental behaviour. Reducing our pollution, buying sustainable products and selling compostable plates and cutlery are a few of the ways we're making a difference.

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Green Building

We’ve made Aquaquest – the Marilyn Blusson Learning Centre an environmentally friendly “green” building that helps protect our ecosystems. This includes toilets that use rainwater and “living walls” crawling with bugs.


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