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Introducing Our New Minors in Oceanography and Sustainable Aquaculture and Fisheries Ecology


Education and training is one of the department’s principal mandates, and is achieved by providing a stimulating, research-intensive environment in which students can develop and thrive. The uniqueness of the department’s resources provides an opportunity for interdisciplinary training in cold ocean research, whether it is related to physiology, biochemistry and molecular biology; biological and chemical oceanography; behavioral and population ecology; or aquaculture and fisheries.

Minor in Oceanography

Minor in Sustainable Aquaculture and Fisheries Ecology





Welcome to the Department of Ocean Sciences. The Department is located at the Ocean Sciences Centre (OSC) in Logy Bay, which is approximately 15km from the main campus.




To the seashore: Ocean Sciences Cente staff member passionate about bringing ocean to the community


THE STUDENTS tentatively grip their scalpels. The herring lie waiting on the lab tables. “Alright, let’s look at some fish,” calls one of the instructors. They set to work, gently scraping scales from the flesh. “We start on the outside,” says a second instructor, moving from group to group. “Let’s get a good look at the fins, scales, mouth. Then we’ll open it up.”

There are a few giggles and whispers. But by the time they get into the internal organs, the whole room is deep in concentration.

Fish dissection is one of the tasks for these students from Holy Trinity High in Torbay. Before their visit to Memorial University’s Ocean Sciences Centre (OSC) is over, they will also identify and classify invertebrates, learn about water quality and marine habitats, and do a training session with the harp seals.

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Working with harp seals is like herding cats at Logy Bay Research Site


Daryl Jones, also known as The Seal Guy, laughed when asked what surprises him most about working with harp seals at the only research site of its kind in the world.

 ``When the seals do what we want,'' he said before hand-feeding his charges a snack of herring at the Ocean Sciences Centre in Logy Bay.

``They're smart but they're very independent. They're similar to cats.'' 

Photo Credit © Canadian Press photo

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