International Centre for Sturgeon Studies

VIU to host 2013 International Sturgeon Symposium
For over 200 million years, sturgeon have been swimming the waters of the
world.  They outlived the dinosaurs, yet in less than one sturgeon’s lifetime,
humans have brought this prehistoric fish to the brink of extinction.  Almost
all species and populations worldwide are in trouble.
Vancouver Island University (VIU) in Nanaimo, British Columbia, has been
working with the white sturgeon since 1984 conducting field and laboratory
research projects as well as teaching students and the general public about
these amazing fish.   To continue developing sturgeon research, VIU has reached
a stage that requires an expansion of its facilities. The World Sturgeon Conservation Society has
also identified the need for a dedicated sturgeon research centre in North
America. To fill these needs, VIU has built the International Centre for
Sturgeon Studies (ICSS) on campus.
The conservation of these important fish will require a
collaborative research approach through field and laboratory
studies. The ICSS will bring together research activities at the regional,
national and international levels involving conservation, enhancement and
commercial interests.    The ICSS at Vancouver Island University in Nanaimo BC , will become a
place where institutions, government, First Nations, industry and NGO’s
can consolidate their activities and learn from
each other, to help understand and aid the sturgeon populations of this country
and the world.  A research team has been assembled that includes
world-class and emerging new scientists from across Canada, the United States
and internationally (Russia, Germany, Iran, France and Italy). Their research
will aid in conserving and restoring endangered sturgeon populations
In addition to a research facility,  students
and the general public can go to learn about and appreciate these unique “living
For accomodation in Nanaimo BC , Long Lake Waterfront Bed and Breakfast is pleased to welcome delegates attending the conference at a 10% discounted rate.

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