The Pacific Biological Station (PBS) is globally recognized for its notable contributions to fisheries, aquaculture, marine mammals, and marine ecosystems research. It plays a vital role in Nanaimo’s economy, providing employment opportunities for skilled professionals, attracting research funding, and supporting educational and training programs that contribute to the development of a skilled workforce. The waters surrounding Vancouver Island represent one of the most diverse marine ecosystems on the planet. As a result, the station acts as a nucleus for marine research in western Canada, playing a fundamental role in shaping modern fisheries science. Employing a large staff of over 180 members, including nearly 50 individuals with PhDs, the PBS stands as one of Canada’s most impressive marine research facilities.

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