Strawberry Isle Marine Research Society

We are a group of dedicated naturalists living and working on the waters of west coast Vancouver Island BC, conducting primary research and monitoring of various marine ecosystems in Clayoquot Sound.

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Photo credit: John Forde, The Whale Centre

Thank You to Our Sponsors!

It takes a great deal of assistance from volunteers, donors and sponsors from the local community to keep the Society running. We want to say, "Thank you!"

Learn about our sponsors

Photo credit: Tony Heald


Scuttlebutt is the monthly newsletter of the Strawberry Isle Marine Research Society on marine-life happenings in Clayoquot Sound written by Rod Palm.

Photo credit: Peter Schulze

Principal Investigators Report

Making Waves....Check Out the Principal Investigators Report

Find out what's happing at Strawberry Isle Marine Research

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The Build-a-Whale program is an innovative education program designed to encourage an excitement for marine biology. It is a hands-on activity that gives the opportunity to handle the bones of a real killer whale. The bones are put together by the attendees on a framework display that gives the skeleton a real life perspective.

Sea Star Wasting Disease

We conduct a monthly survey in Ucluelet and Tofino to monitor the sea star wasting disease in the area. We are always welcomming volunteers, so come and join us in the intertidal! 

Kelp in Clayoquot

This year SIMRS is starting a kelp monitoring project to determine how kelp canopies are shifting in the area, and how that may affect macroinvertebrate communities inhabiting these important ecosystems.