Marine Centre was a floating barge located adjacent
to the shore, accessible by ramp.
It is now located in Cowichan
Bay where the new owner lives in it as a float
lower deck included laboratory/teaching space for
30+. Seawater is pumped continuously from a depth of
about 5 meters. 12 wall aquaria portrayed typical local
marine habitats. 30 table top centres included either
open tanks or micro-aquaria under dissecting microscopes.
Each included representatives of a major animal or
plant groups with a story board describing typical
Equipment and Resources
The main lab was equipped with: 2 compound
microscopes, 15 dissecting microscopes, a 34" video
monitor hooked up to a macrovideo camera and
microscope, standard AV equipment, and a small
marine biology library.
Marine Ecology Centre purchased a new Remotely
Operated Vehicle, a SeaBotix LBV. With lots of bells
and whistles and a depth capability of 150 metres.
It also has colour video cameras, as well as black
and white, and a three-jaw grabber to collect
specimens. We used this in some of our school
We often deployed
off the end of the dock where an operator
"flies" it over the bottom while live images
are transmitted to our large video monitor.
six meter launch is equipped for transporting up to 12 passengers, and has an A frame and davit for deploying
plankton nets, water sampling bottles, small dredges,
otter board trawl and ponar grab. It also is a stable
diving platform. Cruising speed is 30 knots.