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
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.
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.
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.
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)