Thursday, September 29, 2011

Biological Station Departure Bay Nanaimo

Pacific Biological Station 
Gets Historical Event Status

In operation since 1908 the Pacific Biological Station in Departure Bay has been recognized by the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada as a national historic event. It was not declared a national historic site as the DFO had originally hoped for.

The station was founded by George William Taylor who served for a time on Vancouver Island, including Nanaimo and Gabriola Island as an ordained Church of England priest. However, it was his interest in the study of marine biology which led to the establishment of the Pacific Biological Station in Departure Bay.

It was Taylor's large scientific and extensive zoological collections that were well used by visiting investigators during the early years. He was truly a pioneer in the study of the vast marine biology that abounds on the west coast of Canada. He was recognized and respected by colleagues from around the world.


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