The Ocean Decade Collaborative Center for the Northeast Pacific was thrilled to help organize the 2023 Coastal Zone Canada (CZC) biennial conference last week from June 11-15 in the Lək̓ʷəŋən Traditional Territory (Victoria, B.C.). The conference was a UN Ocean Decade endorsed activity that brought together a diverse mix of ocean professionals from across Canada and beyond.
The BioBlitz event, held from May 26th-28th, 2023 on Galiano Island, BC, Canada, was a success, attracting over 100 participants who made over 1,600 observations of more than 600 species. Hosted by multiple ecological institutions, the event aimed to document terrestrial, freshwater, and marine biodiversity. Observations are being integrated into the Xetthecum Eco-cultural Mapping Pilot Project, and hard-to-identify species are being DNA barcoded for identification. Some of the most observed marine species were sea cauliflower, the ochre sea star, and the aggregating anemone. The event also included presentations on various ecological topics and research projects.
Across the Salish Sea, monitoring the ocean with light traps may illuminate the future of Dungeness crabs. The Hakai Magazine recently launched a story about the Hakai Institute’s multiyear Sentinels of Change program.