Final Report: Monitoring of Drift Seaweed and Harvest in Central Strait of Georgia 2014/15

We have released our final report on studying the drift seaweed and its harvest south of Deep Bay last winter!  You can download the final report prepared for the BC Ministry of Agriculture at this link:VIUCSR Beach Wrack Monitoring 2014-15 Final Report150522bk. If you are interested in this issue we urge you to please download the full report.  The Executive Summary from the report follows below the jump.  We anticipate that we will hold a community reporting session at the Field Station this summer to present the research of ourselves and others. Read the rest of this entry »

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 »

An almost forgotten history of Native Oysters on Vancouver Island

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We have been searching through 1800’s literature and newspapers to track the exploitation and disappearance of Native (Olympia) oysters from Baynes Sound and Vancouver Island as a whole. This is our longest post to date but is some research we are very excited about. We hope you enjoy this almost forgotten chapter of Vancouver Island estuarine ecosystems.   This has been a join effort of Brian Kingzett and Karen Leask (VIU) and Melissa Frey of the Royal BC Museum with supportive comments and help from many. Read the rest of this entry »

Why has commercial culture of cockles not taken off?

Basket Cockles

These native Basket (Nuttal’s) cockles (Clinocardium nuttallii) were recovered as wild recruits by-catch in an off-bottom research project in Deep Bay this December – that essentially means that they are approximately six months post settlement, a phenomenal growth potential. Somehow though, the potential of this species for aquaculture in BC as yet to be realized. Read the rest of this entry »

Easy Assembly of our Next Gen Shellfish Rafts

We just finished building some more of or Next-Gen Shellfish Rafts and Max put the Go-Pro Camera on the roof of the RV Chetlo to document the construction.  Check out how they go together almost like Ikea (LOL).  Check below for a second video and more photos. Read the rest of this entry »

Unlocking coastal B.C.’s blue carbon opportunities – We sign important MOU with BC Government and Project Watershed

Blue Carbon MOU signing 13.04.09

We had a cool windy day up on the Comox estuary with our great friends at Project Watershed as we signed a three way Memorandum of Understanding between ourselves (VIU), Project Watershed and the BC Government (via, Ministry of Environment and the Climate Action Secretariat to work together to investigate “Blue Carbon” and its role of estuaries in sequestering carbon.

Above: “Project Watershed’s Dr. Paul Horgen, Minister of Environment Hon. Terry Lake and VIU President Dr. Ralph Nilson sign MOU at Courtenay Estuary. Read the rest of this entry »