$10,000 Pledged to Orcas Can’t Wait Fund

A group of generous donors have come together to seed a matching fund to help Georgia Strait Alliance ramp up our work to save the endangered southern resident killer whale from extinction before it’s too late. Long-time supporter Carol Newell kicked off the fund with her pledge of $2500, and hopes those who care for … Continue reading



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The history and how to change the future for orcas

We hope you’ve enjoyed the blogs we’ve shared during Orca Awareness Month, where we’ve been discussing the three major threats to the southern residents: Prey Abundance and Availability (lack of Chinook salmon) Noise Pollution Toxic Contamination In this blog, we outline a bit of the history of orcas in the Pacific Northwest, and share how … Continue reading



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Toxic Waters – Toxic Food

As we continue to celebrate Orca Awareness Month, we acknowledge how lucky we are to live in an area where these amazing whales roam the waters we share. In our previous blogs, we have been discussing the major threats to the survival and recovery of the southern resident orcas, including: low food availability (chinook salmon), … Continue reading



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Drowning in Noise

Southern resident killer whales are in serious trouble. Their population totals 78, positioning them on a countdown to extinction. In our previous blog, we talked about how the lack of salmon is a threat to orca recovery. Another major threat to their survival and growth is noise in the waters of the Salish Sea. The … Continue reading



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World Oceans Day: A Celebration Of The Salish Sea

In 1991, the International Centre for Ocean Development and Ocean Institute of Canada launched a planning exercise for the future of the world’s oceans.  A year later, Oceans Day was launched at the NGO Global Forum as part of the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro.  Ever since, communities around the world promote and celebrate … Continue reading



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Ryan joins GSA for the summer

Hello GSA supporters, Ryan with his friend and classmate Rabbi Salih during his recent convocation ceremony. My name is Ryan Butler, and I am excited to be joining GSA’s dynamic staff this summer as the Clean Marine Outreach and Engagement Coordinator. Prior to this position, I’ve worked and volunteered with several NGOs and student organizations, … Continue reading



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Investing in the long view

We’re really lucky in BC to have so many different environmental groups working to protect our air and water.  Each represents a different focus or perspective, which is incredibly valuable but understandably that diversity can seem overwhelming to the public at times. So it’s not surprising that I’m frequently asked, “Who is Georgia Strait Alliance … Continue reading



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Swim Guide App and Website Can Help Vancouverites Find the Best Quality Beaches

Over the summer, we have the pleasure of having Bryan Nordley join us as our Communications Assistant.  Here, he shares with us some of his thoughts on our oceans. The sunshine, the seemingly endless daylight and the heat of summer make the great Strait of Georgia a beckoning beacon of an oceanic playground which most of us … Continue reading



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Good things come in small packages

Back in the day when I was a school-kid, slogan t-shirts were all the rage – many of them went over my 9 year-old head (and remembering them now, I can’t believe how inappropriate some of those sayings were) but the kernel of truth from my best friend’s  “Good things come in small packages” shirt … Continue reading



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