IntroductionIt is our desire to provide
the living organisms necessary to create exciting,
educational displays zoos, aquariums and educational facilities. We do
this with a keen sense of conservation and a willingness to offer our
clients comprehensive husbandry support for the organisms we supply.
RegulationsLiving Elements operates in
compliance with the federal and provincial laws of Canada governing
worker's safety, the collecting and shipping of live aquatic specimens.
all relevant collecting and shipping permits and follow all necessary
guidelines (domestic and international) to ensure the integrity of our
business and the reputation of our clients.
Collecting in Pacific CanadaThe
marine waters of Pacific Canada are among the most productive in the
world, sustaining many remarkable species of fish,
invertebrates and plants. We are fortunate to be able to collect in
such a diverse area and
use highly selective, gentle collecting methods that ensure a sustained
conservative fishery and a healthy population of captive specimens.
Collections are done in a wide variety of environments and
deep fjords and inlets or tidal narrows to rocky and sandy shores,
often as far away
as Tofino on the West Coast of Vancouver Island.
The following highly selective, gentle methods are used to collect our animals; SCUBA, traps, beach-seining,
and limited use of rod and reel.
are acclimated for appropriate amounts of time (species dependant)
prior to shipping. Water temperatures in our facility range from 9 to
12 degrees Celsius with a salinity of 29 parts per thousand. The pH of
our local water is usually about 7.8. We have on occasion acclimated
species to temperatures as high as 15 degrees C.
We are fortunate to be conveniently situated for international shipping via
Vancouver (Canada), Bellingham and Seattle (USA) International
Together with our reliable freight brokers we make every attempt to
find the most efficient routing to your destination. Each shipment of
animals is carefully packed to ensure live arrival of the specimens in
the best possible condition. Shipments may be sent via FedEx Priority Overnight (from Bellingham to all US
destinations) or via Air Cargo (over 20 different airlines are available).
Collecting in Arctic watersLiving Elements is proud to offer a new, unique and exciting opportunity to expand your collection with organisms from the
High Arctic. In late summer we set up base in Resolute, Nunavut,
to collect and ship Arctic invertebrates, small fishes and seaweeds.
These organisms are small and colorful and are
suited for jewel tanks and displays with limited space. They require
similar husbandry and life-support to organisms from Pacific Canada
(just a little colder;
0 to 4 degrees Celsius!).
Organisms are collected using SCUBA and traps during August/September when sea
ice conditions permit.
There are several flights per week from Resolute to Montreal and Vancouver International Airports. Specimens can then be shipped
to you directly or be held in our facility for brief periods.