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Clam Garden Restoration

Join our NEMO talk on June 6th to hear from Carl Olsen, an Indigenous knowledge holder from the W̱SÁNEĆ (wh-say-nech) nation on Vancouver Island, BC. Carl’s talk will outline the historical significance of clam gardens as a food source and how they are cultivated. He will also discuss past and present clam garden restoration projects, and where these projects are occurring.

Photo Credit: Carl Olsen

Seafloor garbage in the Salish Sea: Taking out the Trash

Join our final NEMO talk in the series where Susan Anthony will talk about the unseen underwater trash that fills up nearshore environments.

Human-made debris enters the water and disappears below the surface. There it stays, smothering the sediment and its organisms, leeching pollutants, and breaking into smaller and smaller pieces, but never going away. SeaChange and its partners have spent the last decade restoring and conserving nearshore habitats, which includes underwater debris removal.

Photo Credit: Susan Anthony

World Oceans Day Celebration!

Attend our in-person World Oceans Day Celebration!

We’ll have live music from DJ Sam Pulpo, lots of fun activities, a free BBQ and a raffle with the chance to win some incredible prizes. Visit booths from organisations including the SCCA, shíshálh youth Cedar Weaving, Herring Enhancement Program, DFO, Oceanwise, Sunshine Coast Streamkeepers, & Sunshine Coast Tourism

Endless gratitude to our partners, donors and sponsors: District of Sechelt, Sunshine Coast Regional District, Sunshine Coast Credit Union, Sunshine Coast Arts Festival, BC Festivals Fairs and Events, The Canadian Ocean Literacy Coalition, Vancouver Aquarium, Halfmoon Sea Kayaks, Pastime Games, Sechelt Fish Market, Ocean Club Cafe, Bitter End Marine Traders, Coast Gravity Park & Marinos Independent Grocers.

Film Screening: Deep Rising

Join us on Saturday June 8th after our World Oceans Day celebration BBQ for a film screening of the documentary “Deep Rising” at the Sunshine Coast Arts Centre.

Narrated and executive produced by Jason Momoa, Deep Rising takes viewers on an epic journey from the deepest depths of our ocean – the most uncharted and inaccessible place on our planet – to the future of green energy, and shows us how the two are inextricably linked.

Interwoven with awe-inspiring footage of the deep’s most dazzling creatures, Deep Rising illuminates the vital relationship between our ocean’s fragile and mysterious ecosystems, and sustaining all life on Earth.

Please consider making a donation to our “Love our Oceans” campaign at the door

Photo Credit: Deep Rising official photo

Watch Patrick and the Whale

Join us on Sunday June 2nd as we kick off our Sunshine Coast Ocean Festival with a film screening of “Patrick and the Whale” at the Sechelt Arts Centre.

Using stunning underwater footage, Patrick explores the fascinating nature of the sperm whale, attempting to shine a light on its intelligence and complexity, as well as highlighting its current and past relationship with humankind.

NEMO: Coastlines, Community, and Climate Activism: lessons from the ocean

Join us to learn from Fiona Beaty, who will provide a whirlwind tour of some of the Sunshine Coast’s charismatic coastal species, from snails to eelgrass, and inspire audience members to connect with the sea as a form of climate and conservation activism.

Fiona is a settler marine ecologist, climate and conservation activist, and community leader. She is passionate about protecting people and nature from climate change using approaches grounded in collaboration, science, and creativity. She holds a doctorate in Zoology from the University of British Columbia, works as the Science Coordinator for the Indigenous-led MPA Network initiative in the Great Bear Sea, and advises myriad non-profit marine conservation initiatives in Átl’ka7tsem/Howe Sound and the Salish Sea.

Citizen Science in Action!

Dianne Sanford from Friends of Forage Fish will be hosting a hands-on sampling session at Friendship park in Sechelt.

Come down to learn about what we do when we sample the beach for surf smelt and pacific sand lance eggs.

Dianne has been coordinating forage fish sampling on the lower Sunshine Coast for several decades. She works with volunteer citizen scientists to determine sand lance and surf smelt spawning presence at local beaches, information which was previously undocumented. This information is then submitted to a central database for public information.

We will also discuss the importance of these fishes to all of us, and their connection to eelgrass and orcas.

Wear your gumboots. Citizen science in action!

Photo Credit: Dianne Sanford

Marine Impacts of Private Moorage in kalpilin (Pender Harbour)

What are the impacts of private moorage in kalpilin (Pender Harbour)?

Join our NEMO talk on June 3rd to hear from Sacha O’Regan, lead scientist on the M.C. Wright Report. Sacha is a professional biologist who has worked in the realm of freshwater and marine aquatic ecology in BC since 2010.

Docks and other overwater structures are common features along urbanized shorelines. Though these structures can provide commercial and recreational opportunities, they may also have adverse impacts on the marine environment and other coastal land uses. In March 2018, the environmental consulting firm M.C. Wright and Associates Ltd. concluded a two-phase study of dock impacts on the marine environment in Pender Harbour.

Photo Credit: Sacha O’Regan

Green Crab Monitoring along the Pacific Coast

What’s happening along the Pacific Coast with monitoring of the invasive European Green Crab?

Join our NEMO talk on June 4th to hear from Tyranna Souque, a data manager/early detection lead with the Coastal Restoration Society, an environmental non-profit based out of Vancouver Island, BC. Tyranna works alongside Indigenous governments and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada on two projects on the coast of Vancouver Island and the mainland that aim to control and mitigate the spread of invasive European green crab within British Columbia and collect integral information that will guide future management efforts.

Photo credit: Ben Grayzel

Sunshine Coast Ocean Festival

June 2-9. Join us for our 5th annual Sunshine Coast Ocean Festival!

This year’s festival is produced in collaboration with RhizomeUP! Media and Rogue Fest.

We have a full week of activities FREE to the public including:

LIVE film events
Our famous online NEMO talks running through-out the week
Citizen science events such as Forage Fish sampling
Shoreline clean-ups
And our main event on WORLD OCEANS DAY where we will have booths, music, activities, prizes, and a BBQ followed by a screening of the documentary Deep Rising

More details coming soon!

This program is supported by the District of Sechelt, Sunshine Coast Regional District, Sunshine Coast Credit Union, BC Festivals Fairs and Events, The Canadian Ocean Literacy Coalition and many local groups and businesses!

Roberts Creek Pier: Earth Day 2024

Come join us to celebrate Earth Day down at the Roberts Creek Pier Sunday, April 21st from noon-5pm!

Booksale at the Library in the Heart of the Creek from noon-3pm
Clothing swap by Wolfpup Studios – 1 bag maximum – email wolfpups.studio@gmail.com for early drop off.

List of booths:
RCCA booth;
Information booths;
Conscious vendors;
Kidz Zone.
Food from:
All Thaied Up;
Semir’s Hot Dog Cart;
Mamma Musey’s Pierogies;
Sushma’s Samosas;
Kitchen Classics;
Little Spoon Ice Cream;
Izzy’s Cotton Candy;
Bite Me Mini-donuts;
On Stage!
Control Group;
Mr. Doug;
Dally Mon;
Bae Baracus;
Sam Pulpo;
Water Talks from:
Stream Keepers;
Sunshine Coast Conservation Assoc;
Area Director Justine Gabias;
TraC Bike Valet and Tune-Up station!
It’s only with the help of volunteers that these events happen!
Volunteers sign up https://volunteersignup.org/DPJ4E

Neighbourhood Small Grants information Session

Learn about the Neighbourhood Small Grants program and how to apply for this grant that provides up to $500 to individuals for projects that connect people socially or involve sharing skills or talents with each other.
Anyone on the Sunshine Coast can apply for a Neighbourhood Small Grant. Find out what kinds of projects you can receive a grant for.

Art Exhibition: SOEINE BAC | Oddments

to Feb 11th. Oddments is a series of prints and photographs in the Eve Smart Gallery investigating the ways in which nature has been tamed and commodified to accommodate the needs of the human world. It is a response to our habit of defining objects according to values that derive from their immediate usefulness. Organic and inorganic remains are scanned to create photographs or used in combination with synthetic and organic inks to make prints, giving new life and meaning to objects that we normally discard once they are no longer seen as useful. Lemon seeds, onion skins, fish bones, and pine needles that normally become invisible once used for their conventional purposes become works of art that remind us of our connection to the natural world around us.

Documentary Film Screening: Water on the Table with Liz Marshall

Featuring activist Maude Barlow ’s crusade to have water declared a human right, protected from privatization, this award-winning documentary explores Canada’s relationship to its freshwater, arguably our most precious natural resource.
Written, directed, and produced by award-winning local filmmaker Liz Marshall, who will be in attendance for the screening, Q&A and discussion following. (2010, 80 minutes)
FREE but space is limited (in person only); register online or call the Library at 604-886-2130.

NSMEC Summer Seine Series sponsored by Sunshine Coast Credit Union

Join the Marine Education Centre team for our Summer Community Seine Net events! Kindly sponsored by the Sunshine Coast Credit Union.
Every Wednesday during the Summer the team will be at Armours Beach from 10am-11am for some intertidal exploration and seine netting fun!
See what amazing creatures we will discover in the shallow waters around our Coast.
These events are free (donations welcome) and open to everyone.
We cannot wait to see you all there for community fun and learning.

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