Thank you for your support - the Salish Sea UNESCO World Heritage Site application was not accepted this year. Stay tuned.
The application was not accepted in 2017. Stay tuned for future applications.
Feel free to contact us directly if you have questions. Our website provides a copy of the WHS application, and our short video provides an overview, Salish Sea - A Legacy Moment . Approved World Heritage Site applications will be announced by the Prime Minister in December, and so your voice of support is important, asap. Thank you.
Thank you to the Times Colonist for this great article and photo spread from last week and now online at http://www.timescolonist.com/life/islander/a-day-at-the-shaw-centre-for-the-salish-sea-1.21315735
The City of Victoria's is working towards a ban or levy on single-use bags. Info on this initiative can be found in the March 9 City Staff Report here.
The world's oceans are changing fast, and in disturbing ways. And the youth of the future may never know what a healthy ocean looks like. That's why marine ecologist, biologist and explorer Maeva Gauthier, 36, founded the Fish Eye Project in Victoria, B.C. Her hope: to inspire the next generation of ocean stewards.
Once again spring is in the air, or water that is, at the aquarium and it’s shaping up to be a busy season. Many animals in the Salish Sea breed in the spring when the water begins to warm up after the long winter, and so this means a baby boom at the aquarium, too.
One fish that breeds early in the season is the northern clingfish. This species lives in the rocky intertidal area where it uses its powerful modified pelvic fins to suction onto rocks.
During breeding, the female lays a mat of sticky yellow eggs on the underside of a sheltered rock or shell where the male can fertilize them. He then takes care of the eggs until they hatch.
The larvae drift in the water column until they reach about half an inch long and develop their pelvic suction disk; they then settle down to live in the intertidal area like their parents.
When we see that there are clingfish eggs in an exhibit we carefully remove the rock that they are attached to and place it in a bucket to keep the hatching babies safe. Male clingfish are very devoted to their eggs so the male is also put into the bucket with the eggs so he can continue to care for them. After they hatch, we carefully remove the babies one by one and put them into glass towers where we can easily observe and care for them. One clutch of eggs may contain many larvae at various stages of development so we may have a constant flow of hatchlings for weeks! The babies are very sensitive so we make sure the water is always clean and we are very gentle when moving them.
When they first hatch they are sustained by their yolk sac, but we also give them a special formula with plankton small enough for a baby fish. Safe in the towers, the babies can focus on growing and eating as much as they can. When they begin to settle and develop their suction disks we will start to move them into exhibits and maybe even release some out to the ocean.
Remember to keep an eye out for these and many other new arrivals that will be appearing all around the aquarium this spring.