Good-bye Olivia and thanks for all the fun!

Releasing Olivia

This weekend we released our resident Giant Pacific Octopus ‘Olivia” on the experimental farm just a few 100 metres from where she was collected earlier this summer.   Olivia had been teaching us much about octopus behavior and we were all deeply attached to her.  Although she was well within the size range for healthy care in aquariums we felt that it was time to let her go and start again with a smaller specimen. Read the rest of this entry »

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

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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 »

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

See below for more information.

SUMMER CAMP POSTER FINAL

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RDN Active Living Guide 

Whale Articulation Volunteer Opportunities

Hello Everyone,

Vancouver Island University’s Deep Bay Marine Field Station is currently working on a project to articulate a grey whale skeleton and we are looking for volunteers who are comfortable with a paint brush to help hide the repairs made during the articulation. Literally, you will be involved in painting the bones of the grey whale, well, painting the repairs to look like bone really. Please pass on the information below to any artists who you think may be interested in getting involved with the Grey Whale Project.

Whale Bone Repair Workshop Feb 8,9 Read the rest of this entry »

VIU INVITES PUBLIC TO FAMILY DAY, ART SHOW AND MORE AT DEEP BAY MARINE FIELD STATIO

Activities for all ages continue through April during Brant Wildlife Festival

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, April 7, 2015

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NANAIMO, BC: There’s still plenty to do for the whole family at Vancouver Island University’s Deep Bay Marine Field Station during the annual Brant Wildlife Festival.

A Family Day Open House will be held at the Field Station on Sunday, April 12, 10 am to 4 pm. Admission is free and there will be touch tanks, large public aquariums, face painting and other marine science educational activities. Read the rest of this entry »

#VIUWhale Project Update – Patience, Bone Repair and Awesome Volunteers

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We in are in the bone repair phase of our Grey Whale Articulation Project – we’re learning patience and its all about fine detail work at this point as we repair damage to bones from damage that occurred while they were decomposing or being recovered. Read the rest of this entry »

Research – Studying Drift Seaweed on Central Vancouver Island

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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 »