Photo album:

The VENUS Underwater Observatory

Ocean Networks Canada’s VENUS coastal observatory broke ground in 2006 when it came online in Vancouver Island’s Saanich Inlet and became the first observatory of its kind, allowing researchers around the world to access its data in real time via high-speed fiber optic cable. Since then, VENUS has expanded into the Strait of Georgia and has added several new instruments. The process of recovering and deploying instruments and platforms is difficult work because of the depths, currents, and poor visibility conditions. Here we see operations utilizing ROV Hercules to deploy, recover, and maintain these sites.