Ocean Scientists

This series of documentaries depicts the lives and scientific contributions of pioneering scientists in marine biology and oceanography in Canada. The series was originally produced between 1994 and 2004 by the First Fisheries Science Documentary Society under the guidance of Department of Fisheries and Oceans scientist Dr. Richard Beamish.

  • Kabata: Evolution of a Scientist - Meet Dr. Bob Kabata, Polish resistance fighter, British deckhand and Canadian scientist, who showed how parasites could be used to track fish populations, and who challenges the next generation to study the ocean as one huge interacting ecosystem.
  • Ricker: A Passion for Science - Meet Dr. Bill Ricker, a pioneer in fish stock assessment who taught himself Russian to aid his research and developed the "Ricker Curve," a mathematical model of fish population dynamics.
  • Templeman: A Fisherman's Son - Learn about the life of Wilfred Templeman, a scientist regarded as the leading pioneer of marine science in Newfoundland who also helped found the International Commission for the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries.
  • Huntsman: The Fisherman's Friend - Explore the career of Archibald Huntsman, a strong leader, a pioneering oceanographer and an expert biologist on Atlantic salmon.
  • Scott and Crossman: The Freshwater Fishes of Canada - "The book took thirteen years of arduous field work and careful preparation to complete.  On publication, it won the prestigious Wildlife Societies Publication of the Year award!  Nothing like it has been produced on this scale anywhere in North America - before or since."

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