Stories from our oceans

Our Purpose

Canada’s coastal communities flourish when fish, whales and sea life thrive. But less than 10% of Canada’s oceans are protected and some marine protected areas allow damaging activities like drilling and bottom-trawling.

The federal government has promised to protect 10% of Canada’s oceans by 2020. Let’s make sure they reach that goal with marine protected areas that ban oil and gas, mining, bottom trawling, open net pen aquaculture and tidal turbines in ecologically-rich marine protected areas.

SeaBlue is a movement of Canadians holding government accountable for protecting our oceans and the fragile sea life that lives there.

SeaBlue Canada is a collaboration of six organizations with a combined 225 years of protecting Canada’s land and water. We are Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, David Suzuki Foundation, Ecology Action Centre, Oceans North, WWF Canada, and West Coast Environmental Law.

We’re working together to ensure Canada protects its oceans, both for our grandchildren and for the sea life we depend on.

Join us as we work towards 2020 and defending places where marine life can thrive!


Photograph courtesy of Nick Hawkins

Protecting Canada’s marine and coastal environment has been a significant priority for the government of Canada, however many sites labelled as protected remain vulnerable to industrial activity. Last week…

Oil and gas exploration in protected areas

The Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board recently announced that it would open up new areas for allow oil and gas exploration in the Northeast Newfoundland Slope

MPA Networks offer a better way to protect whole ecosystems

In an attempt to better manage the overall health of Canada’s coastlines, the Government of Canada is working with stakeholders to build networks of Marine Protected Areas.

The federal government says it has protected almost 8% of Canada’s oceans. Here’s why its math is questionable

Canada is making rapid progress in meeting its pledge to protect at least 10 per cent of its marine and coastal areas by 2020. But conservation advocates question the federal government’s math.

Delivering effective conservation action through MPAs, to secure ocean health & sustainable development

Canada’s ocean protection ripple could become a wave. Now that Canada is finally creating marine protected areas, let’s work hard to get it right.

Applying IUCN’s Global Conservation Standards to Marine Protected Areas

Delivering effective conservation action through MPAs, to secure ocean health & sustainable development

The problems with the new Canadian Navigable Waters Act

The Canadian government recently introduced Bill C-69, claiming that this legislation delivers on a campaign promise to “restore lost protections, and incorporate more modern safeguards” in several environmental statutes. Continue reading

An international plastics treaty could avert a “Silent Spring” for our seas

Global problems – like our plastic-choked seas – need global solutions.

It was welcome news when Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that Canada will use its year-long G7 presidency to turn the global spotlight on ocean plastics and pollution.


New Fisheries Act Restores Lost Protections and Adds Modern Safeguards

Fisheries Act amendments show promise, but true test will be in implementation

Today, the Government of Canada tabled a new Fisheries Act, with the goal of upgrading the Act to restoring protections that were lost as part of the 2012 Omnibus budget Bill as well as add modern safeguards. The Fisheries Act hasn’t seen tangible improvement since it was created in 1868 and has not included a purpose section since amendments were made in 1996.


Emergency order aims to protect resident orcas

Canada is losing a lot of its wildlife. The World Wildlife Fund’s 2017 Living Planet Report Canada found half the monitored mammal, bird, reptile, amphibian and fish species declined from 1970 to 2014. Threatened and endangered species continue to disappear despite federal legislation designed to protect them and help their populations recover. What’s going wrong?


Plankton over plastic: Citizen support for strong laws to reduce ocean plastics

Plastics permeate all aspects of our daily lives. Now plastic pollution plagues the planet. Marine plastic debris is pervasive, persistent, and has grave consequences for marine ecosystems.


East China Sea supertanker disaster shows dangers of carrying toxic substances in open water

It could have been a scene from a Hollywood disaster movie: billowing black smoke, a growing oil slick 16 kilometres long and the remnants of a half-sunken super oil tanker in the middle of one of the world’s busiest waterways. But this was real life.


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…and Canadians–from Clayoquot Sound to Cape Spear– who are on a mission to protect places where marine life can thrive.

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