About BC CAHS
BC CAHS has been in operation since 2005, and throughout its growth has focused on building research and diagnostic capacity, forming networks of collaborators and establishing itself as a world-class research and diagnostics facility in fisheries and aquaculture. As a non-profit society, we do not have shareholders, rather stakeholders to whom we serve to protect the fisheries and aquaculture sectors. BC CAHS is recognized locally, nationally and internationally for our services and productivity and for our outreach within the local community. BC CAHS has worked with the wild, enhanced, Indigenous and salmon farming communities within BC to provide relevant, timely and reliable research and diagnostic information to help make informed decisions on key issues facing salmon.
BC CAHS is developing partnerships with fledgling industries working to develop alternative species for aquaculture such as sablefish, shrimp and other shellfish, in addition to developing alternative rearing methods such as closed containment and integrated multi-trophic aquaculture. We have been developing alternative methods of pest control in the Cleaner Fish program that uses native fish to clean lice off of captive fish. BC CAHS also provides services to both provincial (BCMAL, BCMOE) and federal (DFO, CFIA) government agencies and academic institutions (North Island College (NIC), University of British Columbia (UBC), Vancouver Island University (VIU) and Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre (BMSC)). BC CAHS has partnered on research projects with many of these institutions.
Our overall goal is to supply non-biased, third-party information for the public, regulators and stakeholders to make informed decisions. These groups can be assured that the information provided is relevant and reliable, and has been provided through efforts based on scientific method and rigour.
Our main analytical laboratory is equipped with state-of-the-art, specialized equipment allowing for a wide range of biochemical, molecular, and microscopic analysis. Our staff base is composed of highly qualified and skilled professionals with post-secondary degrees and training. The average staff has been with BC CAHS for 7 years.
We maintain our quality of lab services through accreditation (currently under ISO 17025 development), internal and external audit. We practice proficiency through exchange of materials for testing between labs and adhere to international laboratory standards. We are recognized by the CFIA as a Level 2 Aquatics lab and are authorized by the US Fish and Wildlife Service for Title 50 (pathogen control for exports). All diagnostic and investigative work is controlled by Standard Operating Procedures.