New Shaw TV Video about visiting the Field Station

Second Great BC Oyster farm to plate Video

Turns out the video (couple posts below) is one of two great videos produced about Sawmill Bay Shellfish and BC Oysters in general – you can vote for the best of two here!

CSR’s Helen Gurney-Smith genomics program nominated by MISTIC

Check our own Helen Gurney-Smith on video (starts at 1:46) in her nomination for the the Mid-Island Science and Technology Council Innovation of the year. Helen didn’t win this award but we think her research is going to win big!

Catch us on CHEK TV Flavours of the West Coast

Check us out for our appearance on CHEK TV’s Flavours of the West Coast which premiered this Monday – you can find us at minutes 7-13.  The rest of the show includes local scallop production and recipes too.  For some happy snaps from the filming check out our previous post about this show

Film presentation: “Hitchhiking across the Atlantic” Nov 14 @ 7 pm

Hitchhiking across the Atlantic

In early May 2010, Thorsten Boehnke found himself sailing towards western Africa as crew on the boat of a friend, the catamaran “Indiana.” Starting in Kiel, Germany, the “Indiana” took the two adventurers along the European coast and offshore, following the routes of the old tall ships.

During their journey, the friends visited nature reserves and conservation projects. While they saw examples of the impact of our lifestyle on the planet, they also found people dedicated to protecting those endangered places and species.

When the voyage of the “Indiana” ended on the Canary Islands, Thorsten continued as a “hitchhiker,” sailing via Cape Verde to the Caribbean. Laura Winter, a marine ecologist from BC, joined him for a stretch of this journey.

The film “Hitchhiking across the Atlantic” tells the story of the animals and people Thorsten and Laura met on their journey. They craft a delightful narrative that shows how beautiful and yet simultaneously fragile nature is. Thorsten and Laura’s compassion and deep affection for all life shine through the film.

“Hitchhiking across the Atlantic” was shown at the Independent Days Film Festival in Germany in May 2012. Likewise in Germany, the short version of the film won first prize in the Montevideo Film Festival.

Laura will be present at the screening to answer questions and engage in discussion after the film.

Tickets $8 in advance, $10 at door. Available at:

•Deep Bay Marine Field Station
•Salish Sea Market, 6996 Island Hwy, Bowser
•Courtyard Cafe, 673 Memorial Ave, Qualicum Beach
•Weinberg’s Good Food, 6856 Island Hwy, Buckley Bay Ferry Terminal
•Royston Roasting Coffee House, 3904 Island Hwy, Royston

New Shaw TV video about visiting the Field Station

Thanks to SHAW TV and videographer Annette Lucas for uploading to Youtube a recent piece about visiting the Field Station.   Thanks also to our guests who were there that day for being good natured about being on film!  We welcome visitors to the Field Station Monday to Friday 10 AM to 4 PM.  Admissions help support the development of the Field Station.

Can we address oyster seed issues? A discussion

CTV Vancouver Island in yesterday talking with Oyster growers Rob Tryon (aka @effingoyster) and Hollie Wood about what some are calling the BC Oyster Seed Crisis. Read the rest of this entry »