Sad News: Gordon Bell

Could you please let the DFO retiree email group know that Gordon Bell passed away last Friday with his family close by. Below is information that his daughter, Janet Bracewell, passed on to me today:

“Just wanted to let you know that we are holding a Celebration of Life for Dad at the Nanaimo Golf Course on Sunday, May 24th from 1-3.

An obituary will be going into the Free Press tomorrow.”

Fish books.doc

Steve Heizer is cleaning up his library. The following books are available from him, delivery to be arranged:

Author Title
George Reid The Ecology of Inland Waters and Estuaries
Vladimir Walters Fishes of Western Arctic America and Eastern Arctic Siberia
Arthur Hasler Underwater Soundposts
Beverton and Holt On the Dynamics of Exploited Fish Populations
William T Innes Exotic Aquarium Fishes
Erhardt Rostlund Freshwater Fish and Fishing in Native North America
Hubbs and Miller The Great Basin: Correlation Between Fish Distribution and …
J R Norman A History of Fishes
Ricker Methods for Assessment of Fish Production
Lagler, Bardach and Miller Ichthyology
D H Cushing Fisheries Biology: A Study in Population Dynamics
Ricker Handbook of Computations for Biological Statistics…
John N Cobb Pacific Salmon Fisheries *(printed in 1921)*
Adler and Roessler Introduction to Probability and Statistics
Rounsfell and Everhart Fisheries Science: Its Methods and Applications
Todd Hass and Julia Parrish Beached Birds – A COAST FIELD GUIDE

Contact him at sheizer or by phone to 250-722-3115

Lunch at the Cottonwood Golf Course, Thursday June 11

Remember this?

Well, we’re going to do it again on Thursday June 11 at high noon. You are welcome to arrive earlier if you want to talk more.

Let me know if you are planning to be there for lunch. You’re on your own for making arrangements for foursomes and tee off times if you also want to play golf.

I will send out a reminder and last call sometime in mid May.

See you there, Jim

Sad news: Rob Bams

Robert A. Bams (June 24, 1930 – February 26, 2015) Rob, Dad, Opa, PappaBear – husband, father, granddad and friend – has left the building but not our hearts. He was a gifted artist, renowned scientist and patient father – well, truth be told, as long as he wasn’t behind the wheel. Mom would give him a quota of only ten “bad words” he could use on any driving trip. He was usually done by the time we hit the end of the driveway. Rob had a wry twisted sense of humour, an eye for beautiful things [he found our mom], an incredible ear for music, and more than a passing interest in good Scotch. He had a profound love of nature and spent his life devoted to learning and preserving it, as well as teaching its beauty to others.Rob taught us all the incredible beauty and diversity of nature. This is his legacy to all of us who have been influenced by his knowledge and love. There was many a trip to collect mushrooms, flowers, butterflies, and weird and wonderful creatures to be found at low tide – all to be carefully viewed and catalogued, and to be photographed… again and again and…. as the children waited [patiently]. He also taught us to provide for ourselves from nature, discovering excellent victuals such as mushrooms and fiddleheads, and all manner of seafood. He taught us how to catch our supper in lakes, rivers and oceans, which led to a lifelong fishing addiction for his son and grandchildren.Born in Holland in 1930, he survived the bombings of his home town Rotterdam and the occupation by the German Army. He studied biology at Leiden University and received a Doctorate in Natural Philosophy. He met and fell in love with Johanna Teeuwen, married in 1956 and moved to Canada forthwith (good move Mom and Dad). After a short stint in London, Ontario, where he was involved with lamprey control, they moved to coastal BC and settled in Nanaimo for good (better move Mom and Dad). Rob spent the rest of his working career at the Pacific Biological Station until his retirement. His time working was devoted to saving salmon. Most of his research went into developing salmon hatchery systems. He is world famous for developing the, wait for it….. Bams Box, still the standard rearing system used today. OK, so maybe famous in the salmon rearing world.Survived by Johanna, his loving spouse and best friend; daughter Deborah (Wayne) and grandkids Arlen and Alex; son Doug (Troy) and grandkids Rhiana, Dylan and Madelyn.There will be a small, family celebration of life on the 7th of March. Please hoist a glass of premium Scotch in Rob’s honor and to a life well lived. We, his fry, are blessed to have been in his life.”Though nothing can bring back the hour of splendor in the grass, of glory in the flower; We will grieve not, rather find strength in what remains behind.” Wordsworth –

March 16 for Bruce Reid’s retirement party

Bruce Reid Retirement Party – March 16, 2015

On March 31, 2015, after more than thirty years with DFO, Bruce Reid will be retiring. Please join us to celebrate his many years of service with the department.
Date: Monday, March 16, 2015
Time: 3:30 – 6:30 pm
Location: The Blackbird Public House and Oyster Bar, 905 Dunsmuir Ave., Vancouver
Food and drinks will be available for purchase
To sign the card and/or contribute to a gift, please stop by Hilary Ibey’s office in the Oceans area at RHQ 1530.
Please RSVP to Hilary at if you’re planning to attend. If you aren’t able to join us, you are welcome to email your good wishes to Hilary and we’ll be sure to pass them on.
Hilary Ibey at 604-355-7300

Bill Shaw has retired, and other updates

We take this opportunity to welcome 4 persons to our e-mail group.

Bill Shaw has retired as of last Friday. There was a small get together at the South Coast office. A bbq is anticipated in May when the weather improves. Send an e-mail to william-shaw if you would like to e-mail best wishes to him on his retirement.

Jane Watson has been welcomed to our group as one of our alumni. Some of you will recall her former work with the marine mammal group at PBS. She has recently been in touch, keeping us up to date on the Science and Technology Lecture Series offered at Vancouver Island University.

Carl Haegele heard about this e-mail list and tracked us down. We welcome him to our group.

Kaarina McGivney has been added to our list as an honorary member as she would like to keep in touch with her former Vancouver Island colleagues and with events here on the Island.

Speaking of events – I’m thinking of a group lunch and optional golf afternoon once again this year at the Cottonwood golf course on the first Thursday in June. More, later.

A reminder, if you’ve lost a notice, you can find it again on our private web site at

A small change in the e-mail outs. We now have more than 128 members in our group, which is the recipient limit in a single e-mail, set by Shaw to manage spam mailers. I have spoken to Shaw and they don’t have a work around or simple means to bypass this limit. Splitting our address list and sending 2 separate e-mails is not a problem. The e-mail you receive may look a bit different in future. You may not see the names/e-mail addresses of your friends, colleagues and acquaintances in the other portion of our address lists. If you are looking for someone, just ask.