Biodiversity Survey on the British Columbia Central Coast

Biodiversity Survey on the British Columbia Central Coast

Map: Biodiversity Survey on the British Columbia Central Coast

Map: Biodiversity Survey on the British Columbia Central Coast

The Mission

From May 8 to 29, 2019, this collaborative survey aboard the CCGS Vector will assess deep water and intertidal habitats and species from the Central Coast of British Columbia to Saanich Inlet. Findings will support marine conservation initiatives and contribute to long-term monitoring.

Objectives

  1. Conduct deep water remotely operated vehicle (ROV) surveys of habitat and species including coral, sponges and rockfish;
  2. Conduct intertidal fish and invertebrate surveys including aquatic invasive species using standard and novel technologies such as environmental DNA and passive acoustics; and,
  3. Conduct community outreach activities with Ocean Networks Canada during and/or after the survey.

The DFO Science Team

The science team for the first leg of the mission, under the leadership of Tammy Norgard and Sarah Dudas. From left to right: Sarah Dudas, Ben Snow, Dana Haggarty, Emily Rubidge, Jackie Detering, Wolfgang Carolsfeld, Tammy Norgard and Andy Clark.

The science team for the first leg of the mission, under the leadership of Tammy Norgard and Sarah Dudas.
From left to right: Sarah Dudas, Ben Snow, Dana Haggarty, Emily Rubidge, Jackie Detering, Wolfgang Carolsfeld, Tammy Norgard and Andy Clark.

The science team for the second and third legs of the mission, under the leadership of Tammy Norgard and Sarah Dudas. From left to right: Michelle Bigg, Tammy Norgard, Josie Iacarella, Katie Gale, Emily Rubidge, Karen Hunter, Sarah Dudas, and Heidi Gartner. © Fisheries and Oceans Canada.

The science team for the second and third legs of the mission, under the leadership of Tammy Norgard and Sarah Dudas.
From left to right: Michelle Bigg, Tammy Norgard, Josie Iacarella, Katie Gale, Emily Rubidge, Karen Hunter, Sarah Dudas, and Heidi Gartner. © Fisheries and Oceans Canada.

The science team for the fourth leg of the mission, under the leadership of Anya Dunham. From left to right: Cole Fields, Cherisse Du Preez, Andy Clark, Jackie Detering, Benjamin Snow, Anya Dunham and Stephanie Archer.

The science team for the fourth leg of the mission, under the leadership of Anya Dunham.
From left to right: Cole Fields, Cherisse Du Preez, Andy Clark, Jackie Detering, Benjamin Snow, Anya Dunham and Stephanie Archer.

The science team for the fifth leg of the mission, under the leadership of Janelle Curtis. (From left to right) Andy Clark, Ben Snow, Cherisse Du Preez, Stephanie Archer, Janelle Curtis, Ben Grupe (back), Cole Fields and Jackie Detering.

The science team for the fifth leg of the mission, under the leadership of Janelle Curtis.
(From left to right) Andy Clark, Ben Snow, Cherisse Du Preez, Stephanie Archer, Janelle Curtis, Ben Grupe (back), Cole Fields and Jackie Detering.

The Lead Scientists

Leg 1, 2 & 3: May 8-24, 2019

  • Tammy Norgard
    Chief Scientist, Deep Sea Ecology Program Head
    Pacific Biological Station (Nanaimo, BC)
  • Sarah Dudas
    Research Biologist, Significant Areas Program Head
    Pacific Biological Station (Nanaimo, BC)
  • Emily Rubidge
    Research Scientist, Marine Protected Area Network Program Head
    Pacific Biological Station (Nanaimo, BC)

Leg 4 and 5: May 24 to 29, 2019

  • Anya Dunham
    Research Scientist, Habitat Ecology Program
    Pacific Biological Station (Nanaimo, BC)
  • Janelle Curtis
    Research Scientist, Ecological Modelling Program
    Pacific Biological Station (Nanaimo, BC)
The Team
  • Katie Gale
    Aquatic Science Biologist, Marine Protected Area network Program
    Pacific Biological Station (Nanaimo, BC)
  • Karen Hunter
    Aquatic Science Biologist, Climate Change Adaptation Program
    Pacific Biological Station (Nanaimo, BC)
  • Josie Iacarella
    Research Scientist, Habitat Ecology Program
    Pacific Biological Station (Nanaimo, BC)
  • Michelle Bigg
    Integrated Response Planning Program Head
    Pacific Biological Station (Nanaimo, BC)
  • Ben Snow
    Research Biologist, Remotely Operated Vehicle Program, Applied Technology Section
    Pacific Biological Station (Nanaimo, BC)
  • Jackie Detering
    Research Biologist, Remotely Operated Vehicle Program, Applied Technology Section
    Pacific Biological Station (Nanaimo, BC)
  • Dana Haggarty
    Research Biologist, Inshore Rockfish and Lingcod Program Head
    Pacific Biological Station (Nanaimo, BC)
  • Wolfgang Carolsfeld
    Aquatic Science Biologist, Offshore Area Program
    Pacific Biological Station (Nanaimo, BC)
  • Stephanie Archer
    Research Scientist, Significant Areas Program
    Pacific Biological Station (Nanaimo, BC)
  • Cherisse Du Preez
    Aquatic Science Biologist, Offshore Area Program
    Institute of Ocean Sciences (Sidney, BC)
  • Cole Fields
    Aquatic Science Biologist, Habitat Suitability Program
    Pacific Biological Station (Nanaimo, BC)
The Collaborators
  • Andy Clark
    Remotely Operated Vehicle pilot, Ocean Dynamics
  • Heidi Gartner
    Invertebrate Collection Manager, Royal BC Museum
  • Ben Grupe
    Postdoctoral Researcher, Fisheries and Oceans Canada
  • Jackson Chu
    Postdoctoral Researcher, Memorial University
The Partners

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CCGS VECTOR

CCGS VECTOR

Phantom Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV)

Phantom Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV)

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