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Oceans Initiative is a team of scientists on a mission to protect marine life, including whales, dolphins, sharks, salmon & seabirds, in Canada and beyond. Like the whales we study, we are highly migratory. We spend half our time getting our feet wet in the field, wherever our work is needed, but the other half is spent using our science to inform smart decisions to conserve wildlife. Your frequent flyer miles make a difference! Our partnership with Aeroplan's Beyond Miles program helps us to shuffle observers and scientists between the sea and the office, and has allowed us to move the whale-sized piles of field equipment we use to explore and protect the British Columbia coast.

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  • Your support is helping us advocate for

    Thank you so much for supporting our efforts to protect Canada's critically endangered southern resident killer whales, by finding creative ways to keep their habitat clean, quiet, and full of fish.  Read more »

  • p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Helvetica; -webkit-text-stroke: #000000} span.s1 {font-kerning: none} Happy International Day of #WomenInScience! The secret to our success is an amazing team of smart and talented women. From our co-founder and Executive Director, Dr... Read more »

  • #GivingTuesday

    Thank you for your support!

    Happy #GivingTuesday! No doubt your timeline today is flooded with news and updates from your favourite causes. We wanted you to know how grateful we are for your support, today and every day. With your help, we've helped connect scientists and conservations in Canada and around the... Read more »

  • Using science to protect killer whale habitat

    One of Canada's iconic species, the southern resident killer whale that lives off Vancouver, Victoria, and Seattle, is critically endangered. It now numbers 76 individuals. The whales are not getting enough of their favourite food, Chinook salmon. Too much ocean noise from ships and boats... Read more »

  • Animal Counting Toolkit

    Low-cost way to study whale & dolphin populations

    Good conservation and management efforts rely on knowing how many animals are in a population, and whether the population is going up or down. But ship time to monitor whale and dolphin populations is expensive. We just launched our Animal Counting Toolkit, which offers practical tips for... Read more »