The Marine Biodiversity Project

Vancouver Aquarium, with the support of Sitka Foundation, is conducting a two-year biological monitoring program called Counting on Howe Sound as part of its commitment to researching and enhancing the health of the Howe Sound ecosystem. This initiative identifies and assesses marine species, while teaching our next generation of taxonomists how to identify the species who call the area home. We use this information to teach students and communities about the amazing natural community under the water right outside of their front doors, and to inspire them to keep learning more about marine biodiversity. At a time when biodiversity is decreasing at an unprecedented rate, identifying and assessing marine species in Howe Sound is critical to evaluating the overall health of the area’s ecosystem.