Community Partners

We are proud to announce the Sustainable Oceans Conference 2020 Community Partners! The 7 organizations that were chosen are sustainable ocean ambassadors. They offer a wide range of information, services, and experiences that can help you get involved in sustainable ocean practices. To learn more about our community partners, please follow them and click on their logo to visit their website.

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  • Coastal Action, established in December 1993, is a charitable organization that addresses environmental concerns within the South Shore region of Nova Scotia. Our goal is to promote the restoration, enhancement, and conservation of our environment through research, education, and action. Coastal Action is currently tackling many environmental issues that fall under the following theme areas; species at risk and biodiversity, watersheds and water quality, climate change and education, and coastal and marine. The organization receives direction from a volunteer Board of Directors supported through a full-time Executive Director.

 

  • Check out our website for more information on our projects as well as our Coastal & Marine Team page to learn more about our plastic pollution reduction initiatives, microplastic research, and ghost gear retrieval project. Want to learn more about our ocean conservation work? Contact Ariel Smith at ariel@coastalaction.org for more information and how to get involved.

Coastal Action

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Reimagining Atlantic Harbours

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Nova Scotia Environmental Network (NSEN)

  • The Nova Scotia Environmental Network (NSEN) was established in 1991 as a non-profit organization registered provincially under the Society Act. The network is composed of non-governmental environmental groups and individuals whose common purpose is the conservation and enhancement of the environment and the pursuit of a sustainable future for Nova Scotia. NSEN has over 30 member organizations, including prominent charities such as the Ecology Action Centre and the Nova Scotia Nature Trust. NSEN also facilitates the forming of volunteer caucuses and working groups among its members, such as the Water Caucus. The Water Caucus’ purpose is to connect individuals and organizations that are interested in supporting water resource management within Nova Scotia through the sharing of expertise, experiences, and resources. This network will also serve to facilitate the discussion of issues and the input of water-focused ENGOs on the development of water, watershed and coastal management strategies and policy

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​​Ocean Wise

  • Overfishing is a monumental, global issue. The Ocean Wise Seafood (OWS) program provides clear recommendations on the ecological sustainability of seafood products. OWS works with restaurants, retailers, suppliers and producers to provide the most recent scientific information on fisheries and aquaculture operations so businesses and consumers can make sustainable purchasing and sourcing decisions. With over 785 partners in more than 3,100 locations globally, OWS makes it easy to choose sustainable seafood for the long-term health of our oceans, lakes and rivers. The Ocean Wise symbol next to a seafood item is our assurance of an ocean-friendly seafood choice.

  • Subscribe to our newsletter: https://seafood.ocean.org/newsletter/ and follow us at Ocean Wise Seafood on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter

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East Coast Outfitters

  • East Coast Outfitters (ECO) is a community based outdoor resource centre featuring premier quality guided sea kayak tours, lessons, and equipment rentals. We give visitors a chance to learn about the natural and cultural history of the area while experiencing some of the best sea kayaking anywhere.

  • ECO is located in the community of Lower Prospect, Nova Scotia, 45 minutes from the Halifax International Airport, and halfway between the city of Halifax and world famous Peggy’s Cove. Lower Prospect is a small fishing village with a population of about 200. Weather still matters in Lower Prospect. Everyone still waves.

  • We offer one of the most varied outdoor programs in Atlantic Canada, and we are the only outdoor operator driven largely by community economic development. In the wake of a collapsed ground fish industry, coastal communities like ours are faced with a challenge of economic uncertainty. Eco-tourism can provide an alternative resource on which to base the economy of our village. We call it “Codfish to Kayaks”.

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East Coast Scuba

  • We are a PADI 5 Star IDC Centre and Tec Rec Centre located in the heart of Bedford, Nova Scotia. We love our ocean being in and on the water. We are strong advocates for Project Aware, every student we certify ECSW makes a donation to Project Aware and each student gets a special card. We have staff that teaches the Project Aware Dive Against Debris Specialty. We host dive site clean ups and have adopted Mill Wharf in St Margaret’s Bay, if you have dove the site over the years you would notice the difference. 

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Dive Buddies 4 Life

  • Dive Buddies 4 Life is an educational ocean literacy website created by scuba divers Joey and Ali Postma. Their mission is to foster public awareness, engagement, and understanding of the underwater world through scuba diving, storytelling and high quality photography. Through writing and photographing their dive adventures and the animals encountered there, Joey and Ali hope to help people fall in love with the underwater world, all while instilling knowledge and respect for the animals that live there.

  • In their most recent project Canadian Splash, the couple is scuba diving across every province and territory of Canada showcase the beauty, wonder, and fragility hidden below the surface of Canada’s waterline. As a nation with the longest coastline in the world and more freshwater lakes than any other country, we are more connected to water than most Canadians seem to think. 

© 2020 by the Sustainable Oceans Conference, Marine Affairs Program, Dalhousie University