Exhibit / Ocean Plastic

Ocean plastics

We live in a disposable world and it’s having a grave impact on our ocean.

Overview

Learn the science behind ocean plastic, and what you can do to help

More than 80 per cent of plastic waste in the ocean is coming from land-based sources. Our fascinating Ocean Plastics exhibit spans over three galleries in the Aquarium, highlights the plastic problem, what we're doing to help, and what you as an individual can do to help. Learn, engage, be inspired to change.

Videos

Our Oceans Are Home

Microplastics: where are they coming from, and why do they matter?

Field Notes: Researching Microplastics at the Washing Machine Lab

Mussels and Microplastics

What Happens to Your Plastic Bottle when you Recycle it?

Keep Plastic out of Compost

How We Help

Plastic wise

Single-use plastic waste is harming ocean life. Ocean Wise® created the Plastic Wise initiative to raise awareness and share solutions to address the crisis of ocean plastic. Join us. #BePlasticWise.

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Plastic reduction

At Ocean Wise, we’re embarking on our own single-use plastic reduction journey. We’ve gone 100% water bottle free and we’ve taken steps to reduce plastic disposables throughout our premises by replacing disposables with ocean-friendly alternatives.

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Plastics research

In the ocean, plastic breaks down over time into tinier pieces, found from pole to pole. The Coastal Ocean Research Institute, an Ocean Wise initiative, conducts groundbreaking research on microplastic pollution.

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Sea Lion rescue

Countless marine animals are endangered by plastic debris in the ocean. Our Vancouver Aquarium Marine Mammal Rescue Program team pioneered a rescue method to disentangle sea lions.

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Go behind the scenes

Participate in interactive sessions alongside Aquarium interpreters, biologists and trainers. You’ll be able to get a behind-the-scenes look at the habitats of some of the animals at the Aquarium where you’ll help our trainers in a feeding or training session.

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