The oceans are fundamental to life as we know it. All life depends on the cycling of nitrogen, sulphur, carbon and oxygen, all maintained by oceanic processes. Heat is transferred, regulating climate; protein is extracted, feeding humanity. From chemical and pharmaceuticals to spiritual values and transportation lanes, life is served by the sea. And in all these areas humans have significant impacts on healthy function. Following are some suggestsions among many possible of how we can adjust our behaviour and the pressures it creates into solutions.
Sustainable Fisheries and Seafood Purchases
Choosing sustainable seafood is an easy—yet effective—action you can take every time you go grocery shopping or dine out. Your purchases make a difference, whether you are a chef buying for your restaurant, a supplier sourcing from fishing communities or an individual shopping for your family. Learn more.
Marine Use Planning and Protected Areas
Collapsing fisheries and other signs of ecological decline warn us that we are pushing the limits of what the ocean is able to absorb. Marine use planning is about being strategic about what we take from the ocean and what we put into it. By adjusting our practices to take into account the fragility of marine resources, we preserve natural capital while living comfortably off the interest. Learn more.
Keep the Ban on Inland Tanker Traffic
A ban on inland oil tanker traffic has existed for more than 35 years. Maintaining the 1972 federal moratorium on tanker traffic through B.C.'s inland waters will help protect our oceans, coastline and wildlife from devastating oil spills. Learn more.