VIU Olympic oyster revival project

it used to be the only oyster in these parts, but that has changed - and not for the better

Deep Bay research station attempting to bring back the Olympic oyster

Once the West Coast’s premiere oyster species, the Olympic Oyster, is all but extinct. It is native to the waters from Baja, California to Sitka, Alaska but these days, hard to find.

Brian Kingzett, a marine biologist and manager of the Deep Bay Marine Field Station, said human impacts on the West Coast — environmental and commercial harvesting — have played a large role in its demise. In the last five areas being watched for the specie (including a site off of the northwest coast of the Island), he said few if any of the oysters are to be found.

Today, most commercial shellfish producers grow a Japanese variety, one that’s more hardy to take the rigours of life off of Vancouver Island.

At the Centre for Shellfish Research, based out of the Deep Bay facility, Kingzett said undergraduate students are using government grants to research ways to rehabilitate the Olympic Oyster. With a few samples on site and in the touch tank where the public can see one, Kingzett said they are hoping to educate people about this effort.


Just Posted

Order in the chambers: Qualicum Beach votes for council code of conduct

Coun. Robert Filmer’s motion passes unanimously at town meeting

Rainbow crosswalk in Qualicum Beach covered in mysterious black substance

‘It was disappointing to see this act of disrespect take place inside our community’

Oceanside RCMP hunt for man after pair of indecent exposure incidents

Elderly woman grabbed by man who had been masturbating in the woods

Nanoose Bay’s Northwest Bay Road again open to the public

Single-lane alternating traffic expected to stretch into September

New police force in Surrey must avoid VPD, RCMP errors made in Pickton case: Oppal

Boots are scheduled to be on the ground by spring 2021

Striking Western Forest Products workers could lose benefits in September

Union, forest company at odds over Vancouver Island benefit payments as strike enters third month

Conan turns to the Property Brothers for tips on buying Greenland

Jonathan Scott suggests removing glaciers and mountains to bring in ‘more natural light’

Forests minister visits B.C. town hit by multiple mill shutdowns

A third of Mackenzie turns out for rally, not much to cheer about

B.C. sockeye returns drop as official calls 2019 ‘extremely challenging’

Federal government says officials are seeing the same thing off Alaska and Washington state

B.C. music teacher accused of sexual misconduct involving girls

Police believe other victims could be out there after the arrest of Lamar Victor Alviar

B.C. family stranded in Croatia desperate to come home

Funds being raised to bring back mom and two children

Most Read