Pacific Biological Station

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The Pacific Biological Station (acronym: PBS) is located on Hammond Bay Road in Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada. Established in 1908,[1] with the Rev. George William Taylor as its first director and sole employee[2], 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.[3]

Together with the St. Andrew's Biological Station in New Brunswick, the Pacific Biological Station was designated a National Historic Event in 2011.[4]


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.[5] Ongoing elasmobranch research at the PBS includes basking sharks, skate tagging, Pacific Spiny Dogfish, Blue Shark tagging, and development of aging methods.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Pacific Biological Station (PBS)". University of Guelph. Retrieved 13 April 2011. 
  2. ^ Sakaki, Greg (2016-11-22). " - Timeless tales: Biological station was ahead of its time". Nanaimo News Bulletin. Retrieved 2017-06-09. 
  3. ^ "Pacific Biological Station". Fisheries and Oceans Canada. 2010-03-26. Retrieved 13 April 2011. 
  4. ^ "Biological station gets national recognition - Nanaimo News Bulletin". Nanaimo News Bulletin. 2011-08-02. Retrieved 2017-06-06. 
  5. ^ "Federal Labs Fisheries and Oceans Canada Pacific Biological Station". Federal Partners in Technology Transfer. 2007-09-19. Retrieved 13 April 2011. 
  6. ^ "Canadian Pacific Shark Research Lab". Fisheries and Oceans Canada. 2011-04-07. Retrieved 13 April 2011. 

Further reading[edit]

  • (1979). "The Pacific Biological Station". In Norcross, E. Blanche. Nanaimo Retrospective: The First Century. Nanaimo Historical Society. pp. 140-141.

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