Pacific Biological Station

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The Pacific Biological Station is located on Hammond Bay Road in Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada. Established in 1908,[1] it is the oldest fisheries research center on the Pacific coast. Operated by Fisheries and Oceans Canada, the station forms a network with eight other scientific facilities.[2]


Its research facilities include the research vessel CCGS W.E. Ricker and an experimental fish farm. Key research areas are stock assessment, aquaculture, marine environment, habitat science, ocean science, and productivity.[3] Ongoing elasmobranch research at the PBS includes basking sharks, skate tagging, Pacific Spiny Dogfish, Blue Shark tagging, and development of aging methods.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Pacific Biological Station (PBS)". University of Guelph. Retrieved 13 April 2011. 
  2. ^ "Pacific Biological Station". Fisheries and Oceans Canada. 2010-03-26. Retrieved 13 April 2011. 
  3. ^ "Federal Labs Fisheries and Oceans Canada Pacific Biological Station". Federal Partners in Technology Transfer. 2007-09-19. Retrieved 13 April 2011. 
  4. ^ "Canadian Pacific Shark Research Lab". Fisheries and Oceans Canada. 2011-04-07. Retrieved 13 April 2011. 

Coordinates: 49°12′41″N 123°57′17″W / 49.211339°N 123.954607°W / 49.211339; -123.954607