Learn about about our research with the Hakai Coastal Initiative Food Web Working Group, figuring out how plankton food webs work and support our marine ecosystems.

On Saturday, November 9, 2019, UBC IOF’s Pelagic Ecosystems Lab participated in the Salmon Science Expo at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery. This was a community engagement event and an opportunity to allow visitors of all ages to investigate and appreciate wild salmon by exploring interactive displays, examining specimens, and conducting experiments. Researchers Vanessa Fladmark, […]

Chinook, also known as Spring salmon, stocks in have been in decline, which has implications for entire BC marine food web

Hakai Coastal Initiative Marine Food Webs Working Group (FWWG) undertook a 10-day sampling trip which looked at day/night behaviour of bacteria, protists, zooplankton, and parasites in the Strait of Georgia.

“Across the Pacific, a lot of data are available on salmon diets but there’s currently no centralized hub for this information,” explained Graham.

In winter 2019 an international group of 21 scientists voyaged to the Gulf of Alaska to shed light on the high seas life history of Pacific salmon. Read more here: Gulf of Alaska Expedition    

Working with Hakai Institute to research early life history of Pacific salmon on the British Columbia Coast. Read more about the program here:  

Molecular techniques and teamwork are giving scientists an unprecedented look into the plankton dynamics in the Strait of Georgia. Blog post IOF blog post

In January 2019 the Pelagic Ecosystem Lab launched a new project to determine the baseline concentrations of microplastics in Baynes Sound, Strait of Georgia, and the uptake up microplastics by zooplankton and herring. Bayne’s Sound is the most important spawning and rearing habitat for herring in British Columbia. This project is a collaboration with the […]