Pacific Biological Station Centennial

Pacific Biological Station CentennialThe Pacific Biological Station, 3190 Hammond Bay Road, Nanaimo, will mark its centennial with an open house on Friday, April 25, 2008, from 3 pm to 9 pm, Saturday, April 26, 2008, from 9 am to 6 pm, and Sunday, April 27, 2008, for 9am to 3 pm. There will be live tank displays, a research vessel for touring, cooking demonstrations, research displays, and many other activities.

The Pacific Biological Station in Nanaimo is Canada’s main fisheries research facility on the west coast. Since it’s founding in 1908, the Station has earned an international reputation for fisheries research. Work conducted at this site has helped shape modern fisheries science, and has contributed to the health and protection of aquatic resources on the west coast of Canada - one of the world's most diverse ecosystems.

Established by Reverend George W. Taylor, the Station was at first a destination for volunteers and academics from across Canada, and eventually from around the world. Today, it’s part of a network of major science facilities across Canada operated by Fisheries and Oceans Canada. The Station employs over 220 research scientists, biologists, technicians, and support staff.

There are more than 22 structures at the Pacific Biological Station site, including laboratories, offices, storage and equipment housing and a library. The residence at the Station, currently used for offices and laboratories, dates from 1928 and is on Nanaimo’s Community Heritage Register. There is a 62-meter wharf used for loading, unloading, and berthage of large research vessels, as well as a small dock for inshore research boats. Fish culture facilities - used for fish health and aquaculture-related research - include supplies of ambient temperature and heated salt- and fresh water.

The Biological Station is operated by Fisheries and Oceans Canada, one of the leading sponsors of the annual harp seal hunt off Newfoundland. Although the Nanaimo facility may not have a lot to do with the organized clubbing and skinning of 275,000 baby seals currently underway in the Gulf of St Lawrence, you might ask the DFO presenters at the Station to explain why our government is subsidizing this shameful activity.

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