Summer Camps at Deep Bay Marine Field Station!

Interested in Marine Biology? We have four weeks of science-based summer camps this July and August. We have some tasty treats, messy experiments and aquatic based activities planned. Space is limited, register early with the Regional District of Nanaimo.

Register for one day or for the whole week $55/1 or $250/week

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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 »

Oysters 101: An Evening of Oyster Fun for Oyster Lovers SOLD OUT!

Fanny Bay Oysters with Horseradish Mignonette
Join us at the Deep Bay Marine Field Station for an evening of oysters and oyster lore. Did you know that the ancient Greek Naturalist Pliny the Elder was an oyster farmer? That Napoleon ate oysters before battle? Why oysters are considered an aphrodisiac? That there were as many oyster bars in Victoria in the late 1800’s as there are today? That beds of oysters were “discovered” in Comox in 1866? What makes a great oyster and how do you shuck one? What makes a great oyster wine? Part educational seminar, part cooking class, part oyster bar, this casual evening will be all fun! 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 »

New Baynes Sound VIUcam!

Baynes Sound NW

Baynes Sound VIUcam now live on the VIU Website!   A new camera on our roof is sending  still shots every 5 minutes of Beautiful Baynes Sound to the web!  More real time pictures found below and at on the VIU website.  ENJOY! Read the rest of this entry »

Welcome new researcher Dr. Linda D’Anna; social science, ecology and shellfish!

Linda D'Anna  11.10.07

Social science and shellfish. Are shellfish social? Well, oysters, for example, are referred to as gregarious since their larvae preferentially select settlement locations – where they will live for the rest of their lives – near other oysters. But that isn’t exactly the kind of social up for study by a new project supported by the Institute for Coastal Research and the Centre for Shellfish Research.  We’re pretty excited about the newest member of the team Dr. Linda D’Anna who is starting new research to characterize the social-ecological properties, processes, and interactions within the Baynes Sound ecosystem that promote social-ecological resilience. Read the rest of this entry »