Atlantic Canada’s oldest marine research station
poised to continue world-class research into the
April 13, 2015 - St. Andrews, New Brunswick
The Honourable Rob Moore, Regional Minister for New Brunswick and Minister of State
(Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency), on behalf of the Honourable Gail Shea, Minister
of Fisheries and Oceans, along with John Williamson, Member of Parliament for Southwest
New Brunswick, today announced over $3 million for infrastructure improvements at an official naming ceremony for the two new science facilities at the St. Andrews Biological Station.
The St. Andrews Biological Station is Atlantic Canada’s first permanent marine research
facility founded in 1908. Known around the world, work performed at the St. Andrews
Biological Station supports the Government of Canada’s mandate to protect and conserve
Canada's oceans and resources.
Today’s announcement will create jobs and economic growth in New Brunswick. This new
funding, building upon the recent major capital investment of $65 million for the two new
facilities will significantly improve the main access road and fund other building repairs to
reduce operating costs and provide safe, unobstructed access to this important federal site.
One of the new facilities, the highly-specialized wet laboratory, was named after one of the
Station’s first female scientists, Dr. Alfreda P. Berkeley Needler, who was instrumental in red
tide research in the 1930s. This facility enables live marine animal research in support of
fisheries, aquaculture, biodiversity and climate change. The second facility, a state-of-the-art
environmentally-friendly building which consists of offices, boardrooms and analytical
laboratories, was named after Dr. David P. Penhallow who served as the Station’s first Director in 1908.
This continued investment into the future underscores the Government’s commitment to
improving infrastructure across the country and to supporting ongoing research at the
Since 2006, the Government of Canada has provided an unprecedented level of funding to
support investments in public infrastructure across the country. Last fall, Prime Minister
Harper announced an additional investment of $5.8 billion over the next two years to build
and renew infrastructure across the country to support Canadian heritage, First Nations
education, defence, borders, research, small craft harbours, transportation and search and
rescue. As part of this funding, Fisheries and Oceans Canada and the Canadian Coast Guard will receive a total of approximately $551 million.
- Established in 1908, research at the St. Andrews Biological Station (SABS) is focused
on ecosystem science in and around the Bay of Fundy, Gulf of Maine, and parts of
Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island.
- Ecosystem science consists of aquaculture, commercial fisheries, environmental
studies, species at risk, oceanography, and transboundary issues that contribute to
the conservation, protection and sustainability of Canada’s aquatic ecosystems.
- SABS location in the heart of Passamaquoddy Bay provides unique and extensive
opportunities for collaboration with visiting scientists, graduate students, universities,
industry and other organizations for the scientific study of the marine ecosystem.
“Our Government is committed to ensuring our great country remains at the forefront of
marine research and development. This infrastructure funding is building upon the
recent $65 million investment for two new facilities that together will ensure the world
class research continues at the St. Andrews Biological Station.”
- The Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans
“The new facilities at the Biological Station, along with infrastructure funding announced
today, provide important jobs and economic growth for southwestern New Brunswick.
It is a great privilege to name the new facilities in honour of the Station’s first Director,
Dr. David Penhallow, and Dr. Alfreda P. Berkeley Needler, a volunteer researcher whose
studies provided, among other achievements, insight into the cause of red tide in the area.”
- The Honourable Rob Moore, Regional Minister for New Brunswick and Minister of State
(Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency)
“People of this community and the surrounding area are immensely proud of the world
renowned research conducted here at the St. Andrews Biological Station. These new
facilities and the additional funding announced by our Government today are supporting
important scientific research and represent a major investment in our community -- an
investment that’s created numerous jobs and contributed to our local economy.”
- John Williamson, Member of Parliament for Southwest New Brunswick
Photo caption: On behalf the Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans,
the Honourable Rob Moore, Regional Minister for New Brunswick and Minister of State
(Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency) and John Williamson, MP for Southwest
New Brunwsick, announced Federal Infrastructure funding of over $3 million for road and
facility upgrades, building upon the recent major capital investment of $65 million for two
new facilities at the St. Andrews Biological Station. They also officially named the two new
facilities in honour of historical researchers David P. Penhallow and Alfreda P. Berkeley
Needler. Seen unveiling the plaques are (left – right) Minister Moore and Member of
Parliament John Williamson.
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