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BCSFA Marine Environmental Research Program

The BC Salmon Farmers Association’s Marine Environmental Research Program has posted a Call for Proposals for 2016 research initiatives. You can find more information on the application process on the Association’s Research and Innovation webpage. Please find the link below and feel free to share it with your contacts!


This is the second call for proposals for this newly formed program, under the guidance of the BCSFA Science Advisory Council. Please note that the deadline for applications is December 1, 2015. If you have a project idea that fits within the Association’s research priorities please apply. Applications can be multi-year, with multiple partners.

For further information or questions please contact:

Joanne Liutkus, M.Sc.
Research and Development Coordinator
BC Salmon Farmers Association
E-mail: joanne@bcsalmonfarmers.ca
Office: 250 286 1636 ext 222
Cell: 250 202 9701
201-909 Island Highway, Campbell River, BC V9W 2C2

Aquaculture Canada 2015 Media Release

The Aquaculture Association of Canada/ Association Aquacole du Canada presents Aquaculture Canada OM 2015 – BLUE REVOLUTION 2.0

 For Immediate Release                                                                                                                                May 27, 2015

St.Andrews, N.B. – The Aquaculture Association of Canada (AAC) annual conference, Aquaculture Canada OM 2015, is heading west to beautiful Nanaimo, BC, in the traditional territory of the Snuneymuxw First Nation. The conference is being held at the Vancouver Island Conference Center from May 31st to June 3rd.

Over the course of the four days over 300 delegates from Canada, the USA and other international countries will descend on Nanaimo to discuss current research, policies, economics and current issues facing the aquaculture sector. This year’s theme Blue Revolution 2.0 highlights a new revolution in the aquaculture sector and the need to look at the future demand for sustainable seafood.

The conference will feature Mr. Alfe-Helge Aarskog, CEO, Marine Harvest ASA who will deliver the keynote address entitled Leading the Blue Revolution. In addition, the AAC is offering a full scientific program, with over 100 speakers, including two plenary speaker presentations: Responsible Aquaculture and Global Markets by Wally Stevens (Global Aquaculture Alliance, USA) and Sustainable Aquaculture and the Ecosystem Approach by Dr. Jake Rice (Fisheries and Oceans Canada). The conference will also be offering workshops on communications and genomics, industry tours, a full trade show with 31 exhibitors and, for the first time in AAC history, a youth development program for high school students from the region called “Aquaculture in the Classroom-A Day of Discovery”.

It would not be an AAC event without the Joe Brown Memorial BBQ and silent auction to raise funds for the AAC’s Student Endowment Fund. Students play an important and vital part of the AAC and we are pleased to be able to provide travel bursaries and scholarships to support student attendance at the conference each year.

Aquaculture in Canada is both diverse and significant.  Principle species grown include salmon, trout, char, mussels, oysters and clams, amongst many other finfish and shellfish species.  Nationally, the industry is valued over $1.0 billion dollars and represents over 14,000 jobs.

“We are delighted and honoured to have a number of generous sponsors for the conference this year.” “The BC Salmon Farmers Association has played a significant role, both financially and logistically, in organizing the conference and we thank them whole-heartedly”, said AAC President Kathy Brewer-Dalton. The conference is also being generously supported by Genome BC, the BC Ministry of Agriculture and Tides Canada.

The role of the AAC is to foster a Canadian aquaculture industry by promoting the study of aquaculture and related scientific research, by gathering and disseminating information related to aquaculture to the industry and the public. The annual conference is the primary mechanism by which this goal is achieved.

About the Aquaculture Association of Canada (AAC)

The AAC is a registered charity with a mandate to transfer information between the various sectors of the aquaculture community. It does this by organizing workshops and conferences on topical issues, publishing the proceedings of these events, and supporting students through scholarships, travel bursaries, and best-paper awards. The principal objective of the Aquaculture Association of Canada is to foster a Canadian aquaculture industry by promoting the study of aquaculture and related scientific research, by gathering and disseminating information related to aquaculture, and by creating public awareness and an understanding of aquaculture.

For more information:
Kathy Brewer-Dalton, President

Past Recipients of the AAC Student Scholarships (2004-2015)

The Aquaculture Association of Canada would like to congratulate current and past winners of the AAC Student Scholarship.


Stacy Murray (UNB Saint John)
Brenna Collicutt (Vancouver Island University)


Allie Byrne (MSc. University of Victoria)
Robert Bourdon (MSc. University of Victoria/Vancouver Island University)
Chris Small (MSc. University of New Brunswick)


Daria Gallardi (Ph.D., MUN)
Alejandro Gutierrez (Ph.D., SFU)

Jessica Willis (Ph.D., UPEI)
Alicia Donaldson (M.Sc., Uvic/VIU)

Nicole Quin (Ph.D., SFU)
Jessica Whitehead (M.Sc., UNB)

Stefanie Colombo (M.Sc., MUN)
Peter Sykes (Ph.D., UPEI)

Nathaniel Feindel (M.Sc., UNB)
Andrea Bozman (B.Sc., VIU)
David Deslauriers (M.Sc., MUN)

Melissa Anderson (DVM, UPEI)
Joanne Power (M.Sc., UNB, Saint John)
Andrew Vickerson (M.Sc., MUN)

Ian Butts (Ph.D., UNB, Saint John)
Ellen Campbell (M.Sc., UNB, Saint John)
Lisa Robichaud (M.Sc., UQAR)

Adam Cook (Ph.D., Dal)
Albert Kasprowicz (B.Sc., Malaspina)
Anne Kellett (M.Sc., MI-MUN)

Nicole Brun (Ph.D., Dal)
Anne Borvegna (B.Sc., Malaspina)
Sarah Dudas (Ph.D., U. Vic)
Meredith Hutchison (M.Sc. Engineering, UNB)
Steve Leadbeater (M.Sc., UNBSJ)
Spencer Russell (Ph.D., Guelph)

Kelly Barrington (M.Sc., UNBSJ)
Andre Dumas (Ph.D., Guelph)
Sean Farrell (Advanced Diploma, MI-MUN)
Stephanie Howes (B.Sc. Co-op, Dal)
Rosalind Leggatt (Ph.D., UBC)
Daphne Munroe (Ph.D., UBC)
Jeff Piercey (M.Sc., UNBSJ)

2015 Student Presentation Award Recipients

Student Presentation Awards are given to the best student poster and oral presentation at the annual meeting.

Jing Lu – Dalhousie University – Best Oral Presentation
Use of Camelina sativa oil and solvent-extracted meal for Atlantic salmon fry (Salmo salar).

Angela Fortune – University of Victoria – Best Poster Presentation
Optimizing benthic extraction of nutrients within an integrated multi-trophic aquaculture (IMTA) system using the California sea cucumber, Parastichopus californicus.

Research Award Recipient 2015: Dr. Céline Audet

Écophysiologiste, Céline Audet a été engagée comme chercheur à l’INRS-Océanologie en 1987 et a joint les rangs de l’Université du Québec à Rimouski en 1999 lors de la fusion de l’INRS-Océanologie et du département d’océanographie de l”UQAR pour former l’Institut des sciences de la mer de Rimouski.Depuis son arrivée à Rimouski, elle s’est impliquée dans nombre de projets en biologie marine, aquaculture et pêches en collaboration avec ses collègues universitaires et gouvernementaux. Tous ses projets ont été réalisés avec le précieux apport de ses étudiants aux cycles supérieurs. Elle en a formé plus d’une cinquantaine dont plusieurs qui travaillent maintenant à développer l’aquaculture dans différentes régions du monde. Ses recherches sur le poissons diadromes, les poissons marins et la crevette nordique ont fait l’objet de 85 publications scientifiques à ce jour. Dans le domaine de l’aquaculture, ses plus récents travaux ont porté sur la sélection génétique et les interactions gènes x environnement chez l’omble de fontaine et sur l’élevage larvaire de la plie rouges, mais les recherches qui la passionnent le plus sont toujours celles en cours et à venir! Fortement impliquée dans son milieu, elle a participé à plusiers instances visant à rapprocher les secteurs universitaire, gouvernemental et industriel. Depuis 2006, elle dirige un réseau de recherche universitaire, Ressources Aquatiques Québec, dont la mission est de soutenir le développement du secteur de l’aquaculture et des pêches. De 2009 à 2015, elle a également dirigé un programme de formation FONCER du CRSNG << Programme de formation en aquaculture continentale et marine >> qui a permis de financer plusiers étudiants aux cycles supérieurs canadiens et étrangers intéressés à parfaire leur formation dans ce domaine. Membre de l’Association aquacole du Canada depuis 1993, elle en a assumé la présidence en 2012-2013.

Céline Audet has a genuine passion and curiosity for all things related to fish physiology and ecophysiology.  After her post-doctoral studies, she was hired by INRS-Océanologie in 1987 and she joined the Université du Québec- Rimouski in 1999 when INRS-Océanologie and the Department of Oceanography at UQAR were merged to create the Institut de la Mer de Rimouski. Since early on in her career, she was involved in numerous research projects related to marine biology, aquaculture, and fisheries, she collaborated widely with her colleagues from universities and government laboratories. All of these projects were influenced greatly by the presence of many graduate students. Over the years, she trained more than 50 graduate students, of whom many are now involved in aquaculture development in different regions throughout the world. Her research on diadromous and marine fishes and crustacean species were part of some 85 scientific publications. In relation to aquaculture, her more recent work has been focused on genetic selection and genetic/environmental interactions in brook charr as well as on larval rearing in winter flounder; the most exciting work is always the one to come! She has worked within numerous organisations with an objective to improve communication among universities, governments and industry.Since 2006, she has been Chair of a Provincial research network, Ressources Aquatiques Québec, which has for objective to support the development of aquaculture and fisheries in Québec. From 2009 to 2015, she also chaired a CREATE (NSERC) training program Programme de formation en aquaculture continentale et marine that has trained a large range of Canadian and non-Canadian graduate students in the many aspects related to aquaculture. Member of the AAC since 1993.

2014 Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient: Cyr Couturier

Armed with a degree in Marine Biology in the late 1970s, Cyr became interested in applying his education to help solve some of the emerging issues facing the world in terms of food security; capture fisheries were under increasing human and environmental pressure and aquaculture seemed like a good option to focus upon. Cyr completed his graduate studies in Marine Biology from Dalhousie University in 1986.

He has 35 years experience in applied research, project development, teaching, and extension services in the aquaculture and fisheries sectors. He is currently Chair of aquaculture programs at Memorial University, with programs ranging from junior high to on-farm extension courses to post-graduate professional and research degrees. He is a research scientist with the aquaculture section of the Marine Institute of Memorial University. His areas of research span a range of topics, including enhanced farm production, environmental management and aquaculture interactions.

Cyr held adjunct faculty position at the Bermuda Biological Station for Research for several years teaching field courses in marine resource management and aquaculture. He has worked in 18 countries around the world in development, trade missions, and extension and technology transfer / science exchange programs. All of the projects in those countries focus on aquaculture, food security, and sustainable development. Recent efforts in sub-Saharan Africa and South East Asia focus on strategies for adapting fish farming to climate change.

Cyr has had a dozen graduates complete their theses at the Masters and PhD levels. He has mentored about 200 graduate diploma students in aquaculture, over 200 junior and high school students in aquaculture programs and hundreds of fish and shellfish farmers around the globe. Many of the students have gone on to leadership positions in academia, government and industry, and for Cyr this is the most rewarding part – seeing the students succeed in the world of aquaculture.

Cyr participates fully in a range of academic, industry and professional organizations devoted to sustainable aquaculture and community development. He has helped organize dozens of workshops, several national conferences, and numerous sessions at national and international meetings, all with an aquaculture focus. He has been a Director with the NAIA since 1996, an Executive Director for three terms, and is currently a second term President. He is President of the Newfoundland Francophone Development Association (since 2009). He was a Board member of the AAC for nearly two decades (from 1990 to 2010) including three terms as President; he was the first student ever elected to that Board. He is a Director and Executive member of the Canadian Agricultural Human Resource Sector Council (since 2007). He is a Director and Executive Officer for CAIA for a dozen years since 1996. In the 1980s he held executive positions on the Aquaculture Association of Nova Scotia Board.

Cyr has been honoured as the recipient of the Aquaculturist of the Year 2008 for the NAIA, and in 2013 he was inducted into the Science Atlantic Hall of Fame for his contributions to the Aquaculture and Fisheries Committee.

He is a technical advisor to several federal government departments and agencies on sustainable aquaculture issues, including Environment, Fisheries and Oceans, Employment and Skills Development, ACOA, CFIA and many others. He is an SQF Expert, experienced in HACCP and Quality Management Programs, as well as a member of standard development technical committees (e.g., BAP Mussel Standard). He is a member of several grant selection committees funding pure and applied, innovative science in aquaculture and allied sectors. He has published close to 100 technical, industrial, peer-reviewed, and science and policy commentary articles, in English, French and Norwegian. He is a frequent invited speaker and technical expert (in both French and English) at regional, national, and international symposia on aquaculture and fisheries related topics.

Cyr is looking forward to the second half of his career in sustainable aquaculture, and is grateful for the support, collaboration, friendship and patience of his colleagues, students, industry partners, and acquaintances on this journey called sustainable aquaculture


Armé d’un diplôme en biologie marine à la fin des années 1970 , Cyr s’est intéressé à l’application de son éducation pour aider à résoudre certains des défis émergents dans le monde en termes de sécurité alimentaire; les pêches traditionnelles et l’environnement étaient sous une forte pression de la population humaine croissante et l’aquaculture semblait être une bonne option pour résoudre ces défis . Cyr a complété ses études supérieures en biologie marine à l’université Dalhousie en 1986.

Il a 35 ans d’expérience dans la recherche appliquée, développement de projets, l’enseignement et les services de vulgarisation dans les secteurs de l’aquaculture et de la pêche. Il est actuellement président des programmes en aquaculture de l’Université Memorial, avec des programmes allant de la ferme jusqu’aux degrés de recherche professionnelle et post-universitaire. Il est chercheur scientifique en aquaculture à l’Institut maritime de l’Université Memorial. Ses domaines de recherche couvrent un large éventail de sujets, notamment l’amélioration de la production aquacole, la gestion de l’environnement et les interactions de l’aquaculture.

Cyr a tenu un poste de professeur adjoint à la station de recherche biologique des Bermudes pendant plusieurs années ou il a enseigné des cours sur la gestion des ressources marines et en aquaculture. Il a travaillé dans 18 pays à travers le monde dans le développement, des missions commerciales, des programmes d’échange et de transfert de la science et de la technologie. Tous les projets dans ces pays se concentrent sur l’aquaculture, la sécurité alimentaire et le développement durable. Les efforts récents de l’Afrique au sud du Sahara et en Asie du Sud-Est s’accentuent sur les stratégies d’adaptation de la pisciculture au changement climatique.

Cyr a dirigé une douzaine d’étudiant(e)s à la maîtrise et au doctorat. Il a encadré environ 200 étudiant(e)s au diplôme d’études supérieures en aquaculture, plus de 200 jeunes et lycéens dans les programmes en aquaculture et des centaines de producteurs aquacoles à travers le monde entier. Beaucoup de ces étudiant(e)s ont accédé à des postes de direction dans le milieu universitaire, du gouvernement et de l’industrie, et pour Cyr c’est la partie la plus gratifiante – voir les ancien(ne)s élèves réussir dans le domaine de l’aquaculture.

Cyr participe pleinement à des comités universitaires, de l’industrie et des organisations professionnelles consacrées à l’aquaculture durable et le développement communautaire. Il a aidé à organiser des dizaines d’ateliers, plusieurs conférences nationales et de nombreuses séances à des réunions nationales et internationales, le tout portant sur l’aquaculture. Il a été directeur de la NAIA depuis 1996, un directeur exécutif pour trois termes, et est actuellement sur son deuxième mandat comme président. Il est président du Réseau de développement économique de Terre-Neuve (depuis 2009). Il a été membre du Conseil de l’AAC depuis près de deux décennies (1990-2010), y compris trois mandats en tant que président; il fut le premier étudiant à être élu à ce conseil. Il est administrateur et membre du comité exécutif du Conseil canadien des ressources humaines du secteur agricole (depuis 2007). Il est administrateur et dirigeant exécutif de l’AICA pour une dizaine d’années depuis 1996. Dans les années 1980, il a occupé des postes de direction sur l’Association aquacole de la Nouvelle-Écosse.

Cyr a été honoré en tant qu’Aquaculteur de l’année 2008 pour la NAIA, et en 2013 il a été intronisé au Temple de la renommée de Science Atlantique pour ses contributions au Comité de l’aquaculture et de la pêche.

Il est conseiller technique à plusieurs ministères et agences fédéraux sur des questions d’aquaculture durable, y compris Environnement, Pêches et des Océans, de l’Emploi et du Développement des compétences, l’APECA, l’ACIA et beaucoup d’autres. Il est un expert SQF, connait le système HACCP et les programmes de gestion de la qualité, ainsi que membre des comités techniques de développement des normes (par exemple, norme BAP pour les moules). Il est membre de plusieurs comités de sélection des subventions de financement, pour l’innovation scientifique pure et appliquée en aquaculture et des secteurs connexes. Il a publié près de 100 articles techniques, de vulgarisation, des articles de revus par des pairs, en science et la politique, en anglais, français et norvégien. Il est fréquemment invité comme conférencier et expert technique (en français et en anglais) à des colloques régionaux, national et international sur l’aquaculture.

Cyr se réjouit de la seconde moitié de sa carrière dans l’aquaculture durable, et est reconnaissant pour le soutien, la collaboration, l’amitié et la patience de ses collègues, des étudiants, des partenaires de l’industrie et des connaissances sur ce « voyage » qu’on appelle l’aquaculture durable.

2014 Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient: Dr. Santosh Lall

Dr. Lall is an outstanding scientist, mentor and leader in the field of nutrition. Dr. Lall completed his BSc in Agriculture in 1965 from Allahabad University in India. He completed an MSc in Animal Science in 1969 and a PhD in Nutrition in 1973 from the University of Guelph and has remained in Canada ever since. In 1974, he accepted a position in Halifax as a Research Scientist with DFOs Aquaculture Division and remained there until 1994. From 1994 to 1996 he was the Head of the Fish Health and Nutrition section at DFO and then became a Senior Research Officer and
ultimately Principal Research Officer at the NRC Institute for Biosciences. Santosh retired in 2013 but remains an Adjunct Professor or Honorary Research Associate in five different Atlantic Canadian University departments.

Dr. Lall is a pioneer in the aquaculture industry and has contributed significantly to the science leading to the formulation of effective, efficient diets of marine invertebrates and vertebrates for the aquaculture industry. He has dedicated his career to the understanding of the nutritional requirements of marine species and the adoption of new, innovative feed ingredients to boost the development of the industry. Santosh has played a central role in the development and maturation of public and private aquaculture since the 1970s.
Not only does Santosh continue to be a source of inspiration and guidance to industry in the field of nutrition. He has provided this same guidance and inspiration to many university students and industry personnel throughout his career and continues to shape the next generation of researchers. Santosh is known for his dedication to students and their individual success. He has advised countless undergraduate, graduate and post doc fellows and has influenced and inspired students from around the world.

Dr. Lall’s work is not only recognized within Canada but also internationally. He has been involved with the publication of NRC’s Nutrient Requirements of Fish and has long participated in the International Symposium of Fish Nutrition and Feeding. He has contributed to Halver’s first edition of the Fish Nutrition text book in 1979 and has contributed to every edition since. Over his 40 year career, he has co-authored 7 book chapters and over 100 peer-reviewed journal publications.

He has been awarded the Minister’s Merit Award for Technology Transfer by DFO in 1993, the Research Award of Excellence by AAC in 2000 and the Governor General’s Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal for his significant contributions to Canadian society in 2013.

Santosh Lall has been awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Aquaculture Association of Canada for both his dedication to the science of aquaculture nutrition research as well as the lifetime of support and inspiration he has provided for those who work in the industry.

Aquaculture Association of Canada