The idea of the monitoring program at PODS is that we do not act alone, but instead we create a model for other facilities up and down the coast of BC to join in collaborative monitoring studies.

Our hope is to form a network of stations, in collaboration with the Coastal Ocean Research Institute, sponsored by the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre, that together provide a truly comprehensive and representative picture of the spatial and temporal changes of species along the entire coast.

Some possible monitoring programs might include:

  • Invasive subtidal and intertidal marine species monitoring - particularly tunicates, and green crab

  • Baseline monitoring for ground fish and other non-target species

  • Salmon escapement monitoring – walking the creeks

  • Juvenile salmon monitoring

  • Support the Sliammon First Nations in monitoring herring recruitment

  • Surf-zone foraging fish egg surveillance

  • Kelp and sea grass drone surveys

  • Fixed quadrat intertidal fauna and flora surveying

  • Hydrophonic surveying of Pender Harbour and the Malaspina Strait

  • Continued citizen-science monitoring of the Salish Sea with support of the Pacific Salmon Foundation on 

  • Pinniped (seal and sea lions) and other marine mammal population surveys

  • Monitoring of stickleback species-pairs lakes for aquatic macrophytes and macroinvertebrates 

  • Monitoring watersheds for changes in biodiversity

  • Monitoring of sea bird colonies

  • Identification and monitoring sponge reefs

The research program at PODS will focus first on collaboration with existing researchers and research establishments. We will seek to form partnerships with local academic institutions, marine-based industries and independent researchers on projects that impact the coastal environment and peoples livelihoods. The potential for both national and international participation and networking is considerable.

  • Investigating sea urchin distribution

  • Impacts of urchins on kelp populations

  • Study of crustacean life histories, such as Dungeness crab, Puget Sound king crab and spot prawns

  • Study of geoduck habitat

  • Study of forage fish (herring, sandlance, smelt, capelin) spawning habitat

  • Study of eelgrass habitat restoration along a disturbance gradient

  • Study of effects of docks on marine life

  • Aquaculture impacts and sustainable development with regard to fin fish, shelled mollusks and other invertebrates

  • Microbiological studies around harmful algal bloom, bacteria, viruses 

  • The effects of shrimp harvesting using drag nets on marine life in local areas

  • Genetic diversity and taxonomy of micro and macro fauna 

  • Identifying boundaries for potential Marine Protected Areas

  • The effects of underwater artificial sound on marine fauna 

  • Investigations into the effects of ocean acidification and temperature change on shellfish aquaculture.

  • The potential risk of microplastics being ingested by shellfish

  • Effects of crayfish and bullfrogs and other introduced species on stickleback species-pairs