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Small boat traffic

September 27, 2019 - News

Vic marine biologist and coastal geographer Lauren McWhinnie is now looking at how we can also reduce noise pollution from small vessel traffic on this population of whales.

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Small boat noise in the Salish Sea impacts whale health

June 7, 2019 - Ring

On World Ocean’s Day, marine biologist and coastal geographer Lauren McWhinnie is excited to be part of the festivities at Fisherman’s Wharf and supporting local organization SIMRES (Saturna Island Marine Research and Education Society); however, her purpose will be to raise awareness about small boat noise in the Salish Sea and its impact on the health of whales and in particular the endangered Southern Resident Killer Whales (SRKW).

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Rainforests of the ocean

March 12, 2019 - Ring

Kelp forests are a rich ecosystem critical to many species such as herring and salmon, but researchers know that kelp is decreasing in some areas of the Pacific Northwest. Detailed maps of kelp beds developed by the British Navy in the 19th century are helping modern scientists chart habitat change in coastal BC.

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Methane-snacking crabs suggest hedge against climate change

February 26, 2019 - Media release

Tanner crabs observed feasting at a bubbling methane seep on the deep seafloor in the northeast Pacific Ocean may be developing a way to adapt to climate change, says a marine ecologist from the University of Victoria whose work with Oregon-based researchers establishes for the first time that a commercially-harvested species is feeding on the energy source.

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Salmon at stake

June 22, 2018 - News

While many factors have contributed to the dwindling numbers of salmon—historic overfishing, warming ocean temperatures, reduced river levels, hatchery competition, freshwater habitat destruction, and disease—it's difficult to pin down the most significant causes. UVic research Francis Juanes believes that many causes of salmon mortality occur early in life.

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Coastal connections

February 25, 2018 - News

Since 2014, UVic's Ocean Networks Canada has been installing smaller community observatories on Vancouver Island, along the BC coast and in the Arctic, partnering with First Nations and coastal communities to measure ship traffic, weather, underwater acoustics and more.

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Collaborative work with Central Coast First Nations applicable elsewhere in BC and the world

December 14, 2017 - Ring

The Central Coast Indigenous Resource Alliance partnered with UVic conservation scientist Natalie Ban and colleagues on two recent publications on the status of two marine species. By interviewing Indigenous fishers, Ban and collaborators were able to fill in data gaps, with implications for research applicable to BC and elsewhere in the world.

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