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Tsunami Debris?


Every year, marine debris from a number of sources washes up on coastlines around the world. Along with impacting tens of thousands of lives, the earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan in March 2011 also washed debris into the Pacific Ocean. While much of it quickly sank, over the next few years some debris . . . → Read More: Tsunami Debris?

Overwaitea tops Greenpeace with Salmon sales

Overwaitea Food Group’s decision to stop selling open net-pen farmed salmon at its stores helped earn it the No. 1 spot on Greenpeace’s annual list of sustainable seafood supermarkets in Canada.

The list, which ranks the eight largest supermarkets in the country in areas such as whether they purchase sustainably caught seafood or whether . . . → Read More: Overwaitea tops Greenpeace with Salmon sales

Learning Experiences

LEarning experiences

Get the most out of your visit — discover the natural and cultural heritage of Pacific Rim National Park Reserve through participating in our Interpretive Program in the Long Beach Unit!

There are a variety of learning activities for visitors of all ages:

Public Summer Programs

From late June to early September, park . . . → Read More: Learning Experiences

Ucluelet Salmon Ladder Derby

Kevin Barabash of Port Alberni took top spot-and $1,000 in prize money-in the Ucluelet Salmon Ladder Derby for May with his 26 lb 1 oz (11.8 kilogram) fish.

Cliff McCool took second ($250 in prize money) for his 22 lb 5 oz (10.1 kilogram) fish and Dana Porter wins $100 for a 20 lb . . . → Read More: Ucluelet Salmon Ladder Derby

Ucluelet's new aquarium officially open

West Coast residents and visitors packed into Ucluelet’s new aquarium to experience the official launch of the new facility.

“I am proud that we have invested in this tremendous facility and am excited to see the benefits it will bring to our region,” says Nanaimo-Alberni MP Dr. James Lunney during one of several speeches . . . → Read More: Ucluelet’s new aquarium officially open

AVICC sets course for Ucluelet

Political discourse will run rampant through the streets of Ucluelet during the weekend of April 13 as the mayors and councils of 51 municipalities and regional districts arrive in the community.

The Association of Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities (AVICC) has chosen Ucluelet as the destination for its 63 rd annual general meeting and . . . → Read More: AVICC sets course for Ucluelet

Ucluelet Aquarium development flowing smoothly

The development of Ucluelet’s new aquarium facility remains on schedule to open its doors in May.

When Phillip Bruecker founded the Ucluelet aquarium in 2004 he did so with the intent that biologists would be at the forefront of an interactive and engaging educational experience.

The new aquarium will operate under the same principles . . . → Read More: Ucluelet Aquarium development flowing smoothly

Salmon License buyback dissapointing

A federal plan to retire chinook salmon licenses in the B.C. fishery is not popular with the local fishing community.

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) sees the $28.5 million buyback program as a way to enhance the economic viability of the commercial chinook troll fishery of the West Coast of Vancouver Island.

. . . → Read More: Salmon License buyback dissapointing

The Whale Hunt

I am inside a dugout canoe, out passed the break line, rocking in the ocean. A fog bank has rolled in and I cannot even see the shore anymore. My skin is chilled and goose bumps are crawling up my bare back, shoulders, and arms.

Somewhere in the distance I hear the blow hole . . . → Read More: The Whale Hunt

Ucluelet's Mount Ozzard

“We will start hiking at daybreak!” she said. It is a little less impressive this time of year with the sun rising just before 8:00AM, but still, to do anything at daybreak on a Sunday is an admirable feat.

I have been watching it for years, peering down at me every single day. . . . → Read More: Ucluelet’s Mount Ozzard