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 »

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 »

Public Holiday Hours – come visit!

Grunt Sculpin

Looking for an inexpensive trip for the kids or grandkids over the holidays?  Come take a self guided tour at the Field Station!  Our resident Grunt Sculpin is feeling rather festive… Read the rest of this entry »

New Graduate Student Opportunities at the CSR: Ecological Interactions Program

3. EIRP Conducting Beach Studies 12.5.17

Dr. Sarah Dudas (right above), new VIU Canada Research Chair is recruiting 1-2 graduate students (MSc or PhD) to join the Ecological Interactions Research Program at the Centre for Shellfish Research and Deep Bay Marine Field station, Vancouver Island University. Read the rest of this entry »

356# (really?) – Shoreline Cleanup 2012

Deep Bay Shoreline Clean-up 2012

Thanks to enthusiastic  student volunteers and Friends of the Station (above) and a beautiful calm day our  second annual Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup  in Deep Bay, was successful again.  This time we removed 356 lbs of marine debris and litter from Deep Bay Harbour and  Spit.    While the amount of garbage we found over several kilometers was depressing it was much less than we got last year.  Weirdest stuff this year, a shop vac and a big piece of carpet.  We found a whole bathroom vanity floated ashore near the station that we will have to go back with the RV Chetlo and pick up at a high tide that will add to our total. Read the rest of this entry »