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British Columbia Threatens Waterways with Coastal Pipeline

Back in 2015 the bulk carrier cargo ship M/V Marathassa, despite being only 3 months old and it being a perfectly calmed day,  soiled beaches along the Northwest Coast. To make matters even worse was the fact that the Master of the vessel failed to ...

Seabirds May Mistake Plastic as Food Due to Smell

A new study suggests that it's not only a visual trigger that confuses seabirds to consume toxic marine plastics from the ocean, but smell may play an important part as well. A paper published in Science Advances explains how plastic debris emits a ...

Huge Die-Off of Puffins Found on St. Paul Island

Washington experienced something similar two winters ago with the Common Murre, now Tufted Puffins are washing up on St. Paul Island and others located in the Bering Sea either dead or starving. This is worrying, not only for the birds themselves, ...

Underwater Drones Making Deep Sea Citizen Scientist

So want to know what’s on the top of my Christmas list this year? You need look no further than the underwater drones from OpenROV. I’ve been watching this product for some time and it looks like it’s finally about to be released. Not ...

Surfers Join The Ranks Of Citizen Scientist With Smartfin

The Surfrider Foundation is no stranger to identifying and solving issues facing our coasts. Their latest project is leveraging their love of the waves with some hi-tech surf gear; the fins of their boards. Met Smartfin -- a surfboard fin that ...

The Search for the Franklin Expedition About to Start New Season

As a kid I remember being so intrigued with the Franklin Expedition mystery. Once I heard about it I read every and anything I could get my hands on. And believe me there are mountains of books on the subject. That intrigue has never left me but I ...

Do You Know Where Your Green Crabs Are Sleeping?

You’ve heard me mention my involvement in citizen science and the various organizations I’ve worked with. It adds a another layer of enjoyment when I’m outdoors to be actively involved in collecting data that will be used for finding solutions ...

How Citizen Science is Helping Improve the World of Research

Citizen science is a simple concept with big implications. It's the idea that people with no formal scientific training can contribute to meaningful discoveries. And it's taking off in a big way. Today, people from all manner of backgrounds volunt...

What Do You Do With Over 4,000 Gallons of Toxic Oil?

Typically marine scaling and growth are a bane to any marine vessel but in the case of the 108’ trawler Viki Lyne II, that may be all that is holding in over 4,000 gallons of marine grade oil from discharging into Ladysmith Harbor in British ...

Chile’s Beaches Awash in Dead Sea Creatures

Chile has been finding a staggering amount of dead sea creatures along its coastline. Last year the country made the news when 300 lard Sei whales were found washed up in a remote bay in the southern part of Patagonia.  Scientists launched an ...