Get hands wet at festival

The BC Shellfish Festival Society welcomes the UVic Coastal Aquaculture Research & Training Network as hosts of the 2013 marine touch tank.

The BC Shellfish Festival Society welcomes the University of Victoria’s Coastal Aquaculture Research & Training (CART) Network as hosts of the 2013 marine touch tank at the festival.

Guests will be able to get their hands wet June 15 at this interactive display that will feature a bounty of marine animals including oysters, scallops, mussels, clams, geoduck, urchins, sea cucumbers, limpets and sea stars.

Staff from UVIC will be on hand to talk about the animals, their habitats, ocean ecology and the abundance of marine life that is supported throughout BC’s coastal waters.

“We’re delighted to be partnering up with the BC Shellfish Festival to showcase the amazing sea life we in B.C. are so fortunate to have living in our waters,” said CART Network co-director Dr. Stephen Cross. “There is no better place the CART Network can come to connect with the public to highlight the importance of the relationship between our marine life and the applied research we undertake to better understand it.”

The BC Shellfish Festival takes place June 15 at Marina Park in Comox from noon to 5 and features competitions, food vendors, a beer garden, cooking demos and more. Admission is free.

— BC Shellfish Festival Society

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