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Message from the VP Marine Science

This Howe Sound Group annual report for 2012 has a focus on our newly realized connections between long-term observations and annual weather cycles known as ENSO (El Nino Southern Oscillation) events.  Right now, we are entering that most unusual of climate circumstances, the “normal” ENSO year.  This relative scarcity of “normal” years relates to the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration adhering to a rule of five consecutive months with at least a 0.5 degree centigrade anomaly in comparison to Pacific Ocean averages.  Some oceanographers argue that it might be more useful to examine only the less frequent years in which there are at least five months with 1.0 degree anomalies.  The positive anomalies indicate El Nino, and the negative, La Nina conditions.


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Our Accomplishments

In 2012 we conducted the nineteenth annual lingcod egg mass survey, continued to monitor cloud sponge growth and recovery, developed new technologies to allow observation of rockfish hiding deep within boulder piles during winter and began taxonomy training with volunteer divers. 

Read the full 2012 Howe Sound Annual Report


Our Fish Research Team

The fish research team at the Vancouver Aquarium is comprised of many people, each who have their own set of skills. The team includes researchers, divers, data analysts, taxonomists, and summer interns. One thing they all have in common is their passion for fish.



Dr. Jeff Marliave:
VP Marine Science

2.jpgJonathan Wong:
Research Technician

3.jpgDr. Alejandro Frid:
NSERC Post-Doc

4.jpgDonna Gibbs:
Research Diver / Taxonomist

5.jpgLaura Borden: Research Diver

6.jpgSean Oswald: Summer Intern


Boaz Hung: Relief Diver


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