Museum news: Coastal waters teem with herring

By contributor James Mackinnon. Read more from the Museum News series. As you read this, one of the ocean’s great feeding frenzies is occurring just off our shores. Eventually, it will extend up the entire BC coast. The annual spawn of the Pacific herring, which brings millions of fish to near-coastal waters to lay their … Continued

VIU hosts free science & technology lecture series

Dr. Marc Trudel of Nanaimo’s Pacific Biological Station delivers a free public lecture January 21 at VIU’s Nanaimo campus about the migration patterns of the Pacific salmon. By contributor Marilyn Assaf.  Everything from astronomy, to glaciation, to human nutritional needs will be discussed by expert scientists during VIU’s free Science & Technology lecture series. The weekly lecture … Continued

Ocean floor overwhelmed by exotic algae

The VIU Deep Bay Marine Field Station is currently documenting the activity of an introduced species of algae and its environmental effects. The algae being studied, Mazella japonica (MJ), is an exotic species estimated to have been introduced 80 years ago. The study is taking place due to it taking over the ocean floor and … Continued

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