Oceana Canada partners with researchers, non-governmental organizations, the federal government, Indigenous Peoples and the fishing industry to study sensitive marine habitats and advocate for their protection. This is essential for the future of our planet: it supports healthy, productive ecosystems and the recovery of depleted fish populations that coastal communities depend on.

Since 2017, Oceana Canada has been conducting expeditions that combine science, technology, community engagement and advocacy with the wonder of ocean exploration. Using technology such as livestreaming, we bring Canadians along with us as we explore the ocean and collect data that helps direct how best to protect it. 

Although a great deal of progress has been made recently, less than 15 per cent of Canada’s ocean territory is protected. More needs to be done to ensure that future generations have healthy, abundant oceans.

Protect all seamounts off the coast of British Columbia


Underwater mountains, called seamounts, can be found off the coast of British Columbia. They are massive, fascinating and crucial to the health of the ocean. Everything from octopuses to rockfish are connected to these ecosystems and depend on them to thrive. 

But their future is at risk. There is no permanent protection to ensure threats are kept out of these mountains, such as mining, bottom-contact fishing gear and lost gear that continues to cause damage to corals and sponges decades later. 

Help protect the Northeast Pacific Seamounts, add your voice to our petition today.

Watch Highlights From the Central Coast of Brtitish Columbia Expedition