Building on the roots of the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre, the facility’s sustainable seafood program Ocean Wise re-launched as a global ocean conservation organization this week.
The transformation is a natural evolution and “pivotal shift that we’ve been working on for several years,” said John Nightingale, CEO and president of Ocean Wise.
That work, he elaborated, includes “reorganizing ourselves” from being an aquarium with conservation, research and education programs, to a “globally-focused” ocean conservation organization that manages accredited aquariums as well.
But there is still more work to do, he added.
“It’s going to take a deep, transformational change… in humanity’s consciousness to care about and protect our oceans, and we’re in a unique position to help effect that change,” said Nightingale. “To do even more in the name of ocean conservation, we need to build upon our breadth of experience and grow the choir of ocean champions.”
The Ocean Wise brand was created by Vancouver Aquarium as a direct-action program to tackle overfishing. It’s composed of four key areas:
“Our aim is to cultivate our scientific understanding, apply our knowledge, and deliver education-rich experiences of awe and wonder to connect people with a common interest in advancing ocean wisdom,” said Nightingale.