*The public aquarium is now closed for the 2017 season-Reopening May 2018!*
Immerse Yourself in the Story of the Sea and Coastal Communities
The Bonne Bay Marine Station on Newfoundland's breath-taking west
coast was first dedicated to expanding knowledge of marine ecology. We
now strive to be: Multidiscplinary, Community-Engaged, Research
Building, Experiential and leaders in Outreach.
in a quaint coastal community, this facility offers a host of services
to students, researchers, educators and the general public.
The station is surrounded by Gros Morne National Park
the Bonne Bay area exhibits unparalleled diversity of habitat, marine
plants, fish and invertebrates. This diversity cannot be matched
anywhere else in north-eastern North America.
It has hosted and supported research, community-egaged research and
training in the social and natural sciences, with involvement of
humanists and artist and a focus on west coast Newfoundland communities
and the Northern Gulf of St. Lawrence.
Equipped with teaching and research laboratories, library/resource
centre, multimedia theatre, aquarium, residence accommodations, and
small boats, the station offers students a premiere learning environment
and researchers a first-rate facility for marine ecosystem research.
Visitors, school and community groups can learn about our latest
research while observing marine flora and fauna in the station's aquaria
and touch tank.
- To provide an infrastructure and environment that is supportive of first-class teaching and research in marine science.
- To support significant activities in public education and regional
economic development via its interpretive components, the gift shop, and
other such programs as might be offered in its facilities.
- The station is jointly operated by Memorial University and the Gros Morne Co-operating Association.
Our vision for the BBMS of the future consists of a globally unique,
internationally renowned centre that provides almost year-round
opportunities for multidisciplinary research and experiential learning
in the form of multiple field schools and life-long learning
opportunities appropriate to the unique setting and facilities at the
BBMS and to the region within which it sits. The future BBMS will
sustain and expand its engagement with public outreach including to
schools and to the wider local community and the almost 200,000 annual
visitors to the Bonne Bay region each year.