We appreciate the support of these non-profit (oyster) and corporate (squid) members and thank them for their commitment to advancing ocean literacy in Canada.
Member Organization of the Month
Petty Harbour Mini Aquarium
Petty Harbour, Newfoundland
The Petty Harbour Mini Aquarium is a seasonal catch and release aquarium established in 2013 at the Fisherman’s Cooperative Society building in a repurposed cod filleting room. Collecting local animals every spring, the aquarium educates over 15,000 visitors every summer and then releases the animals back to the same location. It uses display, interpretation and direct action to foster curiosity about local marine life and inspire personal and global sustainability. Although mini in size and season length, the aquarium takes its programming on sharks, whales, and other marine life to locations outside of Petty Harbour all year round. Petty Harbour is part of a growing network of mini aquariums across Canada.
Ocean Networks Canada
CaNOE Official Partner
Victoria, British Columbia
The University of Victoria’s Ocean Networks Canada (ONC) monitors the west and east coasts of Canada and the Arctic using cabled observatories, remote control systems, and interactive sensors and delivering real-time data. The video and sensor data from the observatories present a unique platform for learners and educators to explore the world beneath the waves. Through its Ocean Sense and other programs, ONC provides lesson plans, online resources, and live events to help educators incorporate ocean science, Indigenous knowledge, and technology into the classroom in exciting and effective ways.
Plastic-Free YYC is Calgary’s leading non-profit organization working to prevent plastic waste by engaging all sectors of society: inspiring individuals, collaborating with businesses, and working with governing leaders. Our fully volunteer-run team is composed of plastic-free and zero-waste experts who are passionate about raising awareness about the impact of plastic in our community and inspiring Albertans to reduce waste in their day-to-day lives. We do this through free events, hands-on workshops/ webinars, blogs, social content, awareness campaigns, and our annual Zero Waste Festival.
Fundy Ocean Research Center for Energy (FORCE)
Cumberland County, Nova Scotia
The Fundy Ocean Research Center for Energy (FORCE) is Canada’s leading center for the testing and demonstration of in-stream tidal energy. FORCE acts as a host to project developers, providing a shared observation facility, subsea power cables, and grid connection at its test site in the Minas Passage of the Bay of Fundy. FORCE also has a role in providing ongoing research and monitoring as well as communicating findings to regulators, industry, the scientific community, and the public. Learn more about FORCE and its activities at www.fundyforce.ca.
World Fisheries Trust
Victoria, British Columbia
World Fisheries Trust is a non-profit organization that works to support and build the equitable use and conservation of aquatic resources through education, research, and stewardship. Our Seaquaria Ocean Education initiative contributes to the advancement of ocean literacy in the Capital Region District and beyond through hands-on education with local marine animals and plants brought to the people. Through our Seaquaria tanks in schools, mobile Seaquarium, the Gorge Waterway Nature House and participative research projects we reach about 20,000 school youth, 4,000 general public, and 10 early career scientists annually. Key messages are respect and love for nature, leading to informed and improved environmental stewardship.
Ocean Frontier Institute
Halifax, Nova Scotia
The Ocean Frontier Institute (OFI), a partnership led by Dalhousie University, Memorial University of Newfoundland and the University of Prince Edward Island, is a transnational hub for marine research in the North Atlantic and Canadian Arctic Gateway to discover innovative solutions that strengthen the economy and protect the environment. Through education, training, and communication OFI generates ocean knowledge and opportunity.
OFI recognizes that ocean literacy is essential to move us towards a more sustainable ocean and to maintain life on our planet. By advocating to advance ocean literacy at national and international levels and supporting Ocean School, OFI hopes to see a positive change in future generations.
MARE is a collection of science education programs and grant-funded projects for educators in formal and informal environments, based at the University of California, Berkeley’s Lawrence Hall of Science. MARE programs and projects are based on research about how people learn and therefore how we might teach more effectively. The diverse suite of programs include:
- Grades K–8 science programs and instructional materials focused on increasing Ocean Literacy
- Grades 3–5 teacher professional learning focused on the NGSS Science & Engineering Practice of argumentation
- Faculty Learning Program for STEM university and college faculty
- Reflecting on Practice for educators in informal STEM environments
- Marine science research camp experiences for high school students
- University courses for undergraduates to learn how to communicate their science (Communicating Ocean, and Communicating Climate Sciences)
- Climate and Data Literacy Activities for Grades 6-12 Inservice teachers to use in their classrooms (ACLIPSE Activities)
- Climate and Data Literacy college course for pre-service programs (ACLIPSE college course)
Shaw Centre for the Salish
Sidney, British Columbia
Located on the traditional lands of the WSÁNEĆ Nations of the Coast Salish Indigenous peoples — the Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea is an award-winning aquarium and learning centre dedicated exclusively to the Salish Sea Bioregion. More than 30 aquarium habitats feature 160 marine species and 3,500 animals including a giant Pacific octopus, wolf eels, and Pacific salmon. Explore sandy shores, rocky reefs, eelgrass meadows, pelagic ecosystems, kelp forests, and more. The mission of the non-profit Centre is to engage and encourage visitors to learn about, explore, and conserve the Salish Sea – its wildlife, waters, land, culture, and people.
Vancouver, British Columbia
Sea Smart is a non-profit that delivers innovative, engaging education programs based on science and current ocean issues to empower youth to be environmental champions in Metro Vancouver. Our team of marine biologists and oceanographers are passionate about youth education and environmental sustainability. Sea Smart uses fun, hands-on games and activities to teach youth in Kindergarten to Grade 12 about current issues impacting our oceans and get them brainstorming solutions in our school programs, after school programs, and summer camps. Created by marine biologist Dr. Elaine Leung , Sea Smart helps youth understand the role they play in making the world a better place.
Ingenium, Canada’s Museums of Science and Innovation is a Crown corporation located in Ottawa, Canada, with the mandate to preserve and promote Canada’s scientific and technological heritage, and to foster scientific and technological literacy throughout Canada. Ingenium operates three national museums, which include the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum, the Canada Science and Technology Museum and the Canada Aviation and Space Museum. The Ingenium Centre houses the Ingenium Research Institute and Canada’s national collection of significant science and technology artifacts.
The three museums provide a sensory experience that immerses young and old alike in the countless ways science and technology connect with Canadians’ everyday lives. Through its physical and digital spaces, Ingenium in committed to being a catalyst for unlocking the curious and creative minds of a nation of innovators.