Pacific Biological Station
History of the Facility
Centennial Celebration 2008
PBS Seminar Series
Pacific Biological Station is the oldest fisheries research center on
the Pacific coast and forms part of a network of nine major scientific
facilities operated by Fisheries and Oceans Canada.
Located in Nanaimo, British Columbia, the Station
is home to scientists, technicians, support staff and ships' crews whose
common interests are the coastal waters of British Columbia, the
Northeast Pacific Ocean, the Western Arctic and navigable waters east to
the Manitoba, Saskatchewan border.
PBS was established in 1908 and is the principal centre for fisheries
research on the West Coast. There are some 22 structures on the site including a four-story office/wet lab building,
specialty storage structures for hazardous chemicals and salt water
pumping facilities. PBS maintains a number of workshops for research
support. There is a 200-lineal-foot wharf used for loading, unloading,
and berthage of research vessels, as well as a small boat dock for
inshore research boats. PBS also maintains a library and meeting
facilities. Aquatic facilities, primarily used by Aquaculture Science,
include ambient temperature and heated salt water and fresh (municipal
Research at PBS responds to stock assessment, aquaculture, marine
environment, habitat, ocean science and fish productivity priorities.
Some fisheries management activities are also conducted here.
3190 Hammond Bay Road,
Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada
PBS is located on the northwest shore of Departure Bay in Nanaimo,
across the bay from the Departure Bay terminal of BC Ferries. Nanaimo is
approximately 110 km north of Victoria, and 50 km across the Strait of
Georgia from Vancouver.