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Education, interaction key to ocean conservation

June 8, 2017

The Vancouver Sun, June 8, 2017

On World Ocean’s Day on June 8, it’s a good time to remember we’re all connected to the oceans no matter where we live — and to step back and evaluate how we’re really doing when it comes to the sustainability of our environment.

Dr. Elaine Leung, a marine biologist and founder of Sea Smart, a Vancouver-based organization that delivers hands-on, science-based educational programming to get youth excited about our oceans and empower them to be environmental champions, discusses how ocean conservation education is lacking in the B.C. school system. The Sea Smart program was created to fill this need by offering programs to help youth from kindergarten to Grade 12 connect first-hand with our oceans through interactive workshops and field trips.

“The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, which manages the lands and waters of the Port of Vancouver, operates several environmental programs addressing issues related to water quality and protection of marine wildlife. It also offers educational programs for students Grades 4 to 6 through its Discovery Centre, providing information on sustainable usage of our waterways and the importance of environmental stewardship from the private sector.”

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