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Clear Seas Centre for Responsible Marine Shipping

Clear Seas Centre for Responsible Marine Shipping

We are an independent research centre that supports safe and sustainable marine shipping in Canada.


To be the leading source of credible, fact-based information to bring clarity to decision-making for safe and sustainable marine shipping in Canada.


A vibrant, safe and sustainable marine shipping industry that leads world standards, and that Canadians feel part of and trust.

How will the TMX Pipeline Affect Marine Shipping in the Salish Sea?

The transport of oil by ships is no stranger to controversy. But the tempo of that debate is sure to increase as the Trans Mountain Expansion (TMX) project heads for completion at the end of 2022, with all three berths operating at full capacity later in 2023, placing any potential risks to coastal ecosystems from increased tanker traffic firmly in the public spotlight.

National Indigenous Peoples Day: Recognition comes at a painful time in the history of Indigenous People and shines a light on injustice, residential schools, and the need for reconciliation

This June, Canada is commemorating National Indigenous History Month to recognize the history, heritage, and diversity of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples. Indigenous Peoples have a deep history and connection to the land we call Canada and the oceans and waters that wash on to its shores.

Southern Resident killer whales: Helping to save an endangered species

With more than 27,000 km of coastline that extends from Alaska to Washington State, Canada’s Pacific region is home to a rich and vibrant marine ecosystem. Thousands of sea creatures inhabit these waters, from microscopic species to large, fascinating mammals. Among them are the highly intelligent and iconic orcas, also known as killer whales.

2021 Update: Endangered North Atlantic Right Whales

North Atlantic right whales are one of the most endangered species of large whales.

Anchors Away: Understanding the Issues About Ships at Anchor

As Canada’s international trade and the global demand for its products continues to grow, the need for anchorages, which allow ships to wait outside a harbour to unload or pick-up their cargos, has increased. This has an impact on coastal areas, the environment and on the traditional activities of Indigenous communities.

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Clear Seas provides impartial information on marine shipping in Canada to policy makers and the public. Our mandate is to initiate and interpret research, analyze policies, identify best practices, share information and facilitate dialogue.