Micro (very small) • Thalassa (the sea) • Microthalassia (very small things of the sea)
We monitor the coastal environment, analyze water samples, identify plankton, including harmful algae like fish-killers and “red tide” species, and teach others how to do it too.

Current projects involve harmful algae bloom (HAB) species that can cause fish kills in aquaculture operations and wild stocks, and species of concern to shellfish harvesters, including those that impact human health due to shellfish poisoning syndromes (“red tide”). We have managed the Harmful Algae Monitoring Program (HAMP), working with the salmon farmers of BC on the monitoring, management, and mitigation of HABs, since 1999. Microthalassia also provides education in water sampling, sample analysis and identification of marine phytoplankton. We are based in Nanaimo, Vancouver Island, on the west coast of Canada.