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  • 04

    11:00 am-3:00 pm
    2540-2544 Beacon Ave, Sidney, BC V8L 1Y2, Canada

    World Oceans Day event in Beacon Park on the Sidney Waterfront. This event is free and is an ideal venue to get the word out about marine conservation! Hundreds of people attend and with this years addition off 50% off admission to the aquarium,  those numbers will be much bigger! There will be a welcome First Nations dancing and singing and food trucks this year. This will be an awesome event! 

  • 07

    9:00 am-12:00 pm
    3515 Watson Ave, Cobble Hill, BC V0R, Canada

    No additional detail for this event.

  • 08

    4:00 pm-8:00 pm
    1229 Esquimalt Rd, Victoria, BC V9A 3P1, Canada

    No additional detail for this event.

  • 11

    11:00 am-1:00 pm
    2901 Ocean Blvd, Victoria, BC V9C, Canada

    No additional detail for this event.

  • 11

    11:00 am-4:00 pm
    1 Dallas Rd, Victoria, BC V8V 0B2, Canada

    No additional detail for this event.

  • 14

    7:00 pm-9:00 pm
    2121 Douglas St, Victoria, BC V8T 4L2, Canada

    Join us for our monthly Chapter meeting at Shoreline Surf and Sport!

    We will be hosting a presentation by Garth Covernton on microplastics.  Drinks and snacks are provided. Everyone is welcome! 

    Garth is a MSc student at the University of Victoria, co-supervised by Dr. John Dower and Dr. Sarah Dudas. His work as an undergrad at UBC on the effects of shifting estuarine salinity on whelk populations sparked his interest in the interaction between marine ecology and anthropogenic change. Garth’s current research investigates microplastic contamination in cultured and wild bivalves and their environment around Vancouver Island. He plans on transferring into the PhD program this year to expand his current work and study the accumulation and transfer of microplastics in BC marine food webs.

    Microplastic contamination is an emerging threat to marine ecosystems. Many aquatic animals, including fish, mammals, molluscs, and other invertebrates have been shown to ingest microplastics. These particles can disrupt digestive and reproductive processes, act as vectors for other harmful pollutants, and reduce overall animal health. In British Columbia, bivalves are economically important for both aquaculture and wild harvest. As nonspecific filter feeders they are susceptible to ingesting and concentrating microplastics from the water column. Shellfish aquaculture often uses plastic infrastructure (e.g. anti-predator netting and fencing, etc.) that may become degraded and release microplastics. Garth is a MSc student at UVic conducting research on microplastic ingestion on shellfish farms and nearby reference sites by two commercially important species, Manila Clams (Venerupis philippinarum) and Pacific Oysters (Crassostra gigas). His talk will outline the ocean microplastic problem in general, present some preliminary results from his research, and suggest some strategies for reducing microplastic contamination of the environment.

  • 18

    10:00 am-4:00 pm
    2324 Esplanade, Victoria, BC V8R 2W2, Canada

    Dive into the world of kayaking, canoeing, and stand up paddleboarding. MEC has lots on deck at their annual MEC Paddlefest, and everyone is welcome. Go for a test paddle, learn skills at a clinic, browse exhibitor’s booths, and hunt for deals at their annual gear swap and boat auction. 

    Bring your friends and family, and celebrate the fun of floating with good times outside!