First Meeting – Next Generation Shellfish Hatchery Project Jan 26,2015

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Commercial shellfish hatcheries are knowledge intensive, multi-component, highly integrated facilities. Technological advances continue worldwide in key individual components of hatchery systems (e.g. algal lighting and food production systems; hygiene and pasteurization technologies, water treatment and especially in water quality monitoring systems), yet no facility in BC has integrated the available advances into an operating hatchery. BC needs to develop the “next generation” hatchery systems and operational protocols which embrace these new technologies to increase seed production certainty, increase total seed production, improve efficiencies, reduce costs and enhance environmental performance. Read the rest of this entry »

Tea by the Sea

Join us for high tea including a delicious selection of sandwiches, pastries and other goodies prepared our chef. Upcoming Tea by the Sea dates:

Thursday January 15th 2015
Thursday February 12 2015
Every Tuesday starting March 3 2015

Tea includes admission to the Station. Enjoy stunning views of Baynes Sound, and tour the Station to learn about marine science through colourful exhibits, a large public aquaria and touch tanks teeming with marine life collected from BC waters.

Proceeds from Tea by the Sea benefit Deep Bay Marine Field Station’s education programs.

View the Menu.

Please reserve at least one day in advance.

Call 250-740-6611 for reservations.

Field Station Researchers ask public for help with local study

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Seen any of these on the local beaches of Bowser or Deep Bay area?  We’re looking for help with part of our Seaweed Study from residents of Bowser and Deep Bay. Read the rest of this entry »

Research – Studying Drift Seaweed on Central Vancouver Island


At the request of BC Ministry of Agriculture, the VIU Deep Bay Marine Field Station is documenting the ecological activities around the distribution of wrack and the harvest activities of the introduced algae Mazzaella japonica during the 2014/15 harvest season. This information will provide managers, community and harvesters with information that will help assess the local environmental effects of this activity. Read the rest of this entry »

Whale Project Update: Fundraising Success – Well on our way!

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We are happy to report that hanks to the incredibly enthusiastic and generous support of individuals and businesses in our community, all 156 whale bones have been sponsored.   We still have about $8000 left to raise for this project and are looking for support to complete the project,   Our staff and volunteers are now hard at work preparing bones for articulation. The Underwater Harvesters Association became the lead sponsor and the articulation will be known as the Underwater Harvesters Association Grey Whale Exhibit. A number of the UHA members also sponsored individual bones!  We have been truly overwhelmed by the enthusiasm that has been shown for this project. Read the rest of this entry »

Marine Courses at Deep Bay – SVOP, MED A-3, ROC-M


If you are working on the water, in boats, you should be aware that Transport Canada Marine has basic training requirements for all small commercial vessels. Current requirements for anyone operating small commercial vessels are: SVOP (Small Vessel Operator Proficiency), MED A3 (Marine Emergency Duties A3), ROC-M DSC (Radio Restricted Operator Certificate Marine with Digital Selective Calling endorsement), and MBFA (Marine Basic First Aid).

Deep Bay Marine Field Station will be offering delivery of these courses on:

December 8 – 11/14 (SVOP)
December 12/14 (MED A3)
December 13/14 (ROC-M)
The cost is $850/person for all three sessions. If you would like take this training, please contact 250 740 6611. Space is limited to 12 participants and will be given on a “first come” basis.

A brief course description for the program can be found here

Art Show: Fiona Hawkes – Saltwater, Soil and Steel

Opening Reception on November 14th from 6 pm – 9 pm

art show

Saltwater, Soil and Steel explores two opposites, the natural and constructed worlds.  Throughout much of Fiona’s work various themes of nature have been prevalent, contrasted with architectural forms.  The selected works journey the viewer through various pieces illustrating these themes.

Impacts of human life scar our planet in profound but sometimes subtle ways; many of the works have this underlying motif.  From large whales in the sea, plants and birds to tall skyscrapers and landscapes this show is diverse in imagery and exploration.

Fiona Hawkes is a young artist living and attending school in Nanaimo.  Working in a variety of mediums such as charcoal, acrylic paint, watercolor and photography, her work is a constant exploration in technique and subject matter.

After graduating from Emily Carr University of Art and Design in the spring of 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts in Visual Arts Fiona relocated to Bamfield on the West Coast.  While there she became involved with many community projects, including the restoration painting of an outdoor mural.  Fiona is currently attending VIU working on her Bachelor’s Degree in Graphic Design.

Works will remain on display until January 3rd, 2015. For more info visit:


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