Boaters who have plied the waters of Northern British Columbia and who have visited Pruth Bay undoubtedly remember the beautiful beaches found in the area. Most importantly, Pruth Bay is home to the Hakai Institute ecological observatory. Boaters who have used the Institute’s complimentary dinghy dock to hike the trails at Pruth Bay also appreciate the WiFi service, which is accessible to boaters anchored in the bay providing a convenient connection for weather updates. What boaters might not know is the extensive research conducted by the Hakai Institute under the umbrella of the Tula Foundation as well as research done at their sister location on Quadra Island at Heriot Bay.
The fact that the United Nations Ocean Decade (2021-2030) has designated the Tula Foundation as the “Northeast Pacific Regional Collaborative Center” of Ocean Science for sustainability is testament to the excellent work performed by the Hakai Institute. The Institute works in conjunction with Canadian and U.S. universities and government agencies on both sides of the border. This Regional collaborative effect covers the Pacific Coast from Baja California to the Aleutian Islands.
The Hakai Institute conducts long-term scientific research, including ocean temperature data collection, DNA bar coding of many ocean species, spawning events, understanding kelp and seagrass habitats, geospatial mapping, disease resistant studies, and much more. For example, in 2021 scientists mapped the extensive seagrass meadows on the northern end of Calvert Island to figure out why it was thriving in this unlikely spot known for rough waters and strong currents, conditions that are not normally associated as good sites for seagrass.
Eric Peterson, Director of the Tula Foundation, joined the Waggoner Team on May 26th as special guest on “Waggoner Webcasts Live.” You can watch the recorded program to learn more about the fascinating studies conducted by the Hakai Institute and the important significance of the Tula Foundation having been named by the United Nations as the Ocean Decade Collaborative Center for the Northeast Pacific Ocean, and learn how to get involved. To watch the program, go to: https://waggonerguide.com/waggoner-webcasts/
Photo and Map: Tula Foundation