Highlights / ocean


Rum will travel the world on tall ship

The Ironwork Distillery is drawing great attention to its “rare-edition rum” by putting it into four oak casks and loading it onto the tall ship Picton Castle for a round-the-world voyage. The distillery is situated in Lunenberg in the eastern »

Environment & Animal Life, Internet, Science & Technology

Coral reefs have not enough time to recover: study

Climate change is raising ocean temperatures and a new study shows that is causing coral bleaching so frequent that reefs don’t have enough time to recover. The study published in the journal Science looked at 100 coral reefs around the »

Environment & Animal Life

Dolphins delight ferry passengers

Canada’s Pacific coast boasts an archipelago of great beauty. © CBC Many islands, many ferries There are many ferries that operate on Canada’s Pacific coast and in addition to seeing the fabulous scenery there, some passengers got to see several white-sided »

Environment & Animal Life, Internet, Science & Technology

The study of marine dead zones

The inland sea of Cape Breton Island has an interesting if not unique feature. Scientists are studying an ocean “pit” feature to learn more about marine dead zones. Bruce Hatcher (PhD) is a member of the team studying the composition »

Environment & Animal Life, International, Society

Group urges action to cut plastic bottle pollution

Coca-Cola plans to increase the amount of recycled plastic in its bottles sold in the U.K. Absent news of plans to do that in Canada, the group Environmental Defence is calling for better bottle return policies across the country. In »

Environment & Animal Life

Tiny but abundant organism plays huge role in oceans

Scientists have known about the single-celled diplonemids for almost a century, but they didn’t know how vast their numbers were in the ocean. Their predatory nature and sheer numbers suggest they play a dramatic role in ecosystems and the biosphere. »

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New tool to track illegal fishing, foster sustainability

New technology lets anyone in the world have a free look at the activities of the world’s largest commercial fishing vessels via internet. Oceana, SkyTruth and Google teamed up to launch Global Fishing Watch which they hope will help curb illegal »

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Canada funds ‘world-leading’ institute for ocean science

The government of Canada has announced a $94 million contribution to universities in eastern provinces to create an international institute for ocean science. To be called the Ocean Frontier Institute, it will be collaboration between Dalhousie University, Memorial University and »

Environment & Animal Life, International, Internet, Science & Technology

Your choice: Listener asks “what is the 40 year lag, and its effect on oceans”.

“What is the 40-year lag, and what is its affect on oceans?” To answer the question, we contacted Boris Worm (PhD). He is a professor of marine conservation biology at Dalhousie University in Halifax Nova Scotia and heads the Worm »


Negotiations to control fishing at the top of the world

Arctic nations and several others will meet in Iqaluit in northern Canada this week to discuss controls for a potential Arctic fishery in international waters. The meeting takes place in Iqaluit, Nunavut, Canada from July 6-8. Since the beginning of »