Ecosystems

Counting and protecting Amazon river dolphins

March 12, 2016

Did you know two species of river ‪dolphin‬ live in the ‪Amazon‬? The pink one is called ‪boto‬, or Inia; the grey one is called ‪tucuxi‬, or Sotalia. Both are gorgeous, ancient species that have become adapted to live their entire lives in freshwater. They are also incredibly tough to spot in muddy waters, and have a […]

It’s a fish-eat-fish world: does noise affect them?

February 17, 2015

We’re so grateful for this week’s special guest post from Inge van der Knaap, a Erasmus Mundus Master’s student in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation. Inge and her assistant, Sofya Reger, recently completed a beautiful experiment on noise and fish in collaboration with Salmon Coast Field Station.  Inge produced a great video introducing people to her study. […]

COUNTING WHALES IN A CHALLENGING, CHANGING HABITAT

March 31, 2014

  Few marine conservation issues are more contentious than Japan’s “scientific whaling” program, which allows for the killing of up to 935 whales each year. This number is large, relative to hunts of other whales in other parts of the world, but small relative to the hundreds of thousands of Antarctic minke whales in the […]

Five Ways to Show Your Love for the Ocean.

February 14, 2012

Whale you be my Valentine? I dolphinately will! Illustration by Leafeon via Quid Pro Quo on Tumblr   Love prompts us to do brave, romantic and sometimes foolish things.  To paraphrase Elizabeth Barrett-Browning, today we’re asking ourselves:  How do I love thee, Ocean?  Let me count the ways.  We came up with 5.  On Valentine’s Day this […]

SHARKS IN BC?

May 09, 2011

Mark Hume, at the Globe & Mail, just published a neat new story about our recently published paper on sharks in BC (with Tom Okey, Scott Wallace and Vince Gallucci).  The paper was published months ago, but became newsworthy again recently in light of the Cohen Commission’s discussions about the potential role of marine predators […]

REMEMBER, THE CAMERA ADDS 10 TONNES…

January 02, 2011

At New Year’s, we all make resolutions about diet. But we’ve got nothing on Pacific humpback whales, which are currently on their mating and calving grounds in Hawaii and Mexico. During this time, they go weeks or months without eating at all. BC waters provide important habitat for these highly migratory animals. When they’re here […]

The whale bone’s connected to the fish bone…

November 28, 2010

Think of all of our projects as cogs in a machine.  Ecosystem-based management is the theme that integrates all of our work.  Ecosystem-based management is a philosophy entrenched in the Convention on Biological Diversity that acknowledges that elements of an ecosystem are linked.  From our perspective, it means that we are trying to estimate abundance […]