Founded in 1998, Living Oceans Society works to protect Canada’s oceans. Headquartered in Sointula, a small fishing village on the Central Coast of British Columbia, the organization conducts research, interprets and shares scientific data, engages with stakeholders, promotes public policy and enables coastal communities to preserve ocean resources.
The society advocates for salmon farming in closed containment to protect the ocean and wild salmon from industrial aquaculture threats. Maps documenting coastal open cage salmon farm locations and their impact on marine life help raise awareness about the scope of the problem. Formal legal complaints and appeals about farm certification, engagement campaigns that demonstrate public sentiment to lawmakers and efforts to connect shoppers with leaders in sustainable fishing and acquaculture are other tools the organization uses to advance its goals.
Additionally, projects such as the Marine Planning Partnership bring together advisors from environmental groups, First Nation communities, ocean-based businesses and regional governments to ensure sanctuary for species, preserve habitats and safeguard food-webs so they can recover and thrive.
Our work with the Living Oceans Society ranges from efforts to secure deep sea coral protection to technical analyses in support of marine spatial planning.