Facilities at SABS

Facilities at SABS - Tim Foulkes

The SABS facilities cover 9.3 hectares at Brandy Cove including offices, wet and dry labs, a workshop, a chemical storage building, a conference centre, computer facilities, a library and a wharf.

Located on the shores of Passamaquoddy Bay, SABS has state-of-the-art water processing facilities to equip both our freshwater and saltwater laboratories, and more than 2900 square metres of wet lab space. The wharf is accessible year-round from which the CCGS Viola M. Davidson allows scientists to conduct daily research investigations. Four smaller research vessels and numerous zodiacs are also on site.

There are numerous office, laboratory and conference facilities throughout the Station campus. The primary facilities are:

1. Dr. David Pearce Penhallow Building:

Opened in 2012, this 4500 square metre science building for Station staff provides office space, 37 analytical laboratories with state of the art equipment and fume hoods, specimen retention facilities, and a computer centre. As well, there are numerous meeting areas equipped with Smartboards and videoconference capabilities.

2. Dr. Alfreda P. Berkeley Needler Laboratory

Opened in 2012, the 2,900 square metre, secure wet lab facility allows for research to be conducted on live marine animals in support of fisheries, aquaculture, biodiversity and climate change. Unique features include:

• Eighteen individually enclosed photoperiod labs where users can manipulate photoperiod (light regimes), water, and air temperature to create customized conditions for specific research projects.

• A large hatchery with approximately 76 hatching tanks and 44 larval tanks. The capability to chill the air in this room makes it better suited to maintain constant temperature in the tanks and support the low flows of water involved in raising early life history stages of fish. Three spacious labs for growing live feeds (organisms that are fed to marine fish larvae) are conveniently located on the second level.

• A flume laboratory with specialized equipment that allows researchers to look at the behaviour of marine animals in a controlled environment.

• A quarantine or biocontainment laboratory for disease-related research in farmed fish. It is the only lab on the East Coast of Canada with reliable flow-through technology, and with access to high quality seawater and freshwater available in various temperature regimes.