We're on a mission to create healthy and abundant oceans. Founded by @PaulNicklen & @CristinaMittermeier.
Open-net Atlantic fish farms have been contaminating the pristine waters of coastal British Columbia for more than twenty years, with scientists and Indigenous communities have been raising the alarm about the issue the entire time. As evidence mounts, we now know that these destructive farms are not just an Indigenous problem. They concern everyone because we all depend on healthy and abundant oceans. A recent poll shows that three in four British Columbians want these farms banned. Today, we are launching #GetFishFarmsOut, our call to the Provincial and Federal Governments of Canada to do the right thing. They campaigned on a promise to ensure the salmon farming industry does not endanger wild Pacific salmon. Yet, this is exactly what is happening. Check the link in our bio to join us in the campaign to #GetFishFarmsOut. #TurningTheTide@TavishCampbell, @molinadawson, @alexmorton4salmon
Photo by @iantmcallister //Humans protect most fiercely what is closest to our hearts. What do you wish to protect? The Great Bear Rainforest and Canada’s Pacific coastline are what motivate me and my team at @pacificwild. I urge all of you to find some place that inspires you enough to protect it. It can be on the other side of the world. It can be a city park. It can be—and often is—in your own backyard. Wherever you find that somewhere special, protect it with your time, your heart and your voice. Every place deserves protectors. #turningthetide#spiritbear#blackbear#greatbearrainforest#kermodebear@pacificwild
Photo by @nickhawkinsphotography // BREAKING: Northern Harvest Sea Farms has been given a measly $12,000 fine for illegal pesticide use in the Bay of Fundy. The chemical in question, Salmosan, is fatal to lobsters and other crustaceans essential to marine food webs. Why did they do it? They were desperate to gain control of a sea lice outbreak on their open-pen salmon farm. We need to ask why we keep letting open-pen aquaculture pollute sensitive and unique marine environments. It’s been decades, and the industry still hasn’t found a responsible way to control sea lice. Even when used legally, pesticides barely keep lice at bay, and always cause ecological damage. Wild salmon, like the one pictured here, are easily infected, often fatally. Thankfully, there's a viable alternative: land-based aquaculture. Companies like Northern Harvest don’t need stiffer fines. They need to move to solid ground. We have everything to gain: cleaner oceans, vibrant wild salmon, healthier protein, and better jobs. Follow @savingsalmon for more information about these recent charges. Text by @tomcheney // #TurningTheTide#FishFarmsOut@justinpjtrudeau
Video by @TeamSharkwater // A first look at Sharkwater: Extinction. In honor of our dear friend Rob Stewart, please stay tuned for Sharkwater: Extinction, in theaters this fall. With @TheSeaChangeAgency.
Photo by @shawnheinrichs // “Turtle Roundup” - where many Southeast Asia endangered sea turtles take their last breath. On Hainan Island, a province of China in the South China Sea, is a floating city controlled by illegal wildlife traffickers and triads, that by all accounts is GROUND ZERO for illegal trafficking and trade in sea turtles. This floating city is made up of hundreds, if not thousands of netted water pens, many of which are packed to the rim with hawksbill and green sea turtles. The pens are so densely packed that the turtles have to fight their way to the surface to get a brief moment to breath. The turtles in these pens come from hatchlings and eggs poached from across Southeast Asia, including among others Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Borneo, Indonesia and the Philippines. The young turtles are then “raised” in these horrific pens and many succumb to diseases. The ones that survive to sub-adulthood become commodities in the illegal wildlife trade. Green turtles are typically sold for their meat and the hawksbills for their highly valuable shells, which are carved into combs, sunglass frames, hand fans, and certain luxury trinkets.
When I looked upon this massive operation systematically eradicating the wild sea turtle populations, my heart sinking and soul darkened, the only words that could come to mind were ‘turtle apocalypse’. This unconscionably violation of nature must be stopped.
See more at the launch of @shawnheinrichs’ #lightonshadow exhibit by clicking the link in @bluespherefoundation bio. #turningthetide with @shawnheinrichs@sea_legacy
Photo by @nickhawkinsphotography // The agility and speed of a sea lion is something that needs to be seen to be believed. They are also highly intelligent and often playful underwater. This Galápagos sea lion kept circling me while swimming on its back and blowing a constant stream of bubbles from its mouth. Every now and then it would turn to look at me, as if gauging my reaction. I was impressed! Follow me @nickhawkinsphotography for more images from the Galápagos Islands. @sea_legacy#Galápagos#sealion#playful
Photo by @iantmcallister / @PacificWild // Happy Mother’s Day. Here’s to the strength and wisdom of mothers, and their dedication to protecting the people and places they love. We can all learn from the mothers of the world, and from Mother Nature herself. Have a beautiful Mother’s Day, friends. Protect what you love. #mothersday#motherslove
Photo by @DaisyGilardini // In celebration of Mother’s day!
Polar bears mothers area extremely patient and affectionate with their newborns.
Polar bears’ reproductive rate is among the lowest of all mammals. Females reach maturity at the age of four- to five-years-old and usually give birth to two cubs.
Mortality is high during the cubs’ first year of life, and depends largely on the mother’s health. Cubs will stay with their mother for two and a half to three years.
Bears can live anywhere from 20 to 30 years. That means a typical female will have five or six litters during her lifetime, of which two in three cubs will die within their first two years. With such a slow-to-reproduce animal, bad polar bear management could have dramatic consequences on their numbers. #polarbear#bear#svalbard#turningthetide
Photo by @DaisyGilardini // Walruses reside year-round in Svalbard. Even though their current population trend is unknown, scientists have serious concerns about the loss of habitat due to climate change. For this reason the IUCN Red List of threatened species lists walruses as “Vulnerable.”
Walruses live in shallow coastal areas. #Walrus#Svalbard#Norway#turningthetide