The Vancouver Island University Centre for Shellfish Research at Deep Bay, British Columbia, works to support Canada’s shellfish farming industry. In 2002 the centre received $4 million in infrastructure funding to build a new research centre which opened in October 2004. In 2009 the Deep Bay Marine Field Station received additional funding through the Knowledge Infrastructure Program of the federal economic stimulus plan, and in June 2011 its distinctive clamshell-shaped building opened featuring wet laboratories, dry laboratories, offices, a large kitchen, and a conference room. This facility prides itself on its green design which showcases practical applications of alternative technologies for energy and water usage. The wet labs employ a state-of-the-art sea water recirculation system and an algae production lab. In April 2012 the centre received aquariums which will be used to exhibit local marine species in the reception area and marine touch tanks are also available
Visitors are welcome at the Deep Bay Marine Field Station, located between Qualicum Beach and Courtenay, BC. To get there, take Exit 87 off the Inland Island Highway #19 and turn right on Island Highway West from Cook Creek Road. Then left on Gainsberg Road and left again on Chrome Point Road just before the Deep Bay fishing harbour. The crushed clamshell driveway at the end of Chrome Point Road leads directly to the centre. Call 250-740-6611 for more information.