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Fish Research

Since 1956, Vancouver Aquarium researchers have been conducting studies of habitats and animals in the wild and on site.

Our research includes annually organizing and managing surveys to determine which threatened fish species are beginning to repopulate and which are having difficulty recovering in the wild.

The research teams at the Vancouver Aquarium work with many different educational and scientific authorities to conduct meaningful and impactful research that will help benefit our oceans in the years to come.

Diver conducting survey Photo: Donna Gibbs

Specific Research Projects

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Lingcod Egg Mass Survey

The annual lingcod dive gathers information about a species currently at 3-5 percent of its population from a century ago.

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Rockfish Abundance Survey

Divers gather crucial information such as size, age and species to determine rockfish abundance around the coast of British Columbia.

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Fish Research Propagation Project

Over the past third of a century, the Vancouver Aquarium, under the guidance of Dr. Jeff Marliave, has earned accolades from the zoological and research communities for its first-time rearing of cold water marine species such as wolf-eels, pandalid shrimp and sculpins. The Aquarium's breeding program has supplied such popular cold water ornamentals as wolf- eels, Pacific spiny lumpsuckers, and grunt and sailfin sculpins to aquarium facilities worldwide.

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Black Rockfish Recovery in West Vancouver

The Aquarium team has been attempting to establish black rockfish where they were once abundant along the shoreline of West Vancouver.  Black rockfish are still abundant on the outer coast, but they were fished out around Vancouver after the advent of sport downrigger gear in the 1960s.


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