We are very excited to announce our latest expedition off the Central Coast of British Columbia! Over the next two weeks, you can follow Oceana Canada, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Heiltsuk and Kitasoo/Xai’Xais Nations, Central Coast Indigenous Resource Alliance and Ocean Networks Canada – joined by Alexandra Cousteau, filmmaker, Oceana Senior Advisor and granddaughter of Jacques-Yves Cousteau – as we explore new depths of Canada’s oceans!
The expedition will focus on Kynoch Inlet fjords, Seaforth Channel and Fitz Hugh Sound. These are ecologically, culturally and economically significant areas with complex rocky reefs: home to a high diversity of rockfish, corals, sponges and basket stars. Building on the wealth of traditional knowledge and marine management that the Central Coast First Nations have developed over hundreds of generations, the team will explore sites below depths of 200 metres, where almost no scientific exploration has occurred.
“We are all connected to our oceans, which are vitally important for a healthy planet,” says Alexandra Cousteau, “By uncovering the mysteries of our oceans through exploration, we can protect important marine habitats and rebuild fish populations to abundance, ensuring future generations inherit healthy oceans that support thriving coastal communities.”
These scientific discoveries will help identify areas of high conservation value and help us better protect them from human threats. It will also support the Government of Canada’s commitment to protect 10 per cent of Canada’s oceans by 2020.
Take part and witness the wonder of ocean exploration with:
- Behind-the-scenes videos featuring scientific experts, First Nations members, and Alexandra Cousteau
- Live underwater footage of never-before-seen areas of Canada’s oceans
- Images and livestreams narrated by ocean experts
Immerse yourself in ocean science, get the latest updates, watch live footage and dive to new depths with us at Oceana.ca/ProtectOceans.