• Nanaimo
  • British Columbia

We got together again at the the Qualicum Fish Hatchery, located within the traditional territories of Qualicum First Nation. The hatchery, operated by Fisheries and Oceans Canada, is important to the Qualicum First Nation and employs many of their community members. The hatchery provides an important source of fish for the community, and also adds to regional research with elements sent to the Pacific Biological Station for sampling. We finished the day at the Pacific Biological Station, a DFO facility in Nanaimo, where we learned about the preliminary results for the Environmental DNA biodiversity project from our chief scientist Kristi Miller, and former participant and scientist Ben Sutherland! We then headed to the DFO labs to try our hand at fish dissection, identifying diseases in salmon, and how to organize samples without contaminating them. After our tour of the station, we headed back to the ship for a delicious chef dinner cooked by our guest chef Warren Barr, who hails from Tofino, B.C. and cooks with local ingredients, including delicious mussels and sea asparagus, all of which we got to sample. Our time on leg 15 has aleady been filled with special moments, and seems to be flying by. Thank you for following along, and we hope you’ll stay tuned as we dock in Vancouver tomorrow!