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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.

2014 Student Presentation Award Recipients

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

Paul van Dam-Bates – University of Victoria – Best Oral Presentation
Investigating movement and containment of the California sea cucumber (Parastichopus californicus) in relation to organically enriched areas beneath aquaculture sites for use in multitrophic aquaculture (IMTA)

Jamie Lim – Simon Fraser Unviersity – Best Poster Presentation

Research Award Recipient 2014: Dr. Fred Page

Dr. Page was born in Saint John New Brunswick and attended Saint John High School.  From an early age he has been interested in the multi-disciplinary aspects of marine biology and oceanography, especially in physical-biological interactions and the applications and implications to human activities.  He received a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Marine Biology from the University of New Brunswick in Saint John, a Masters of Science in Biology from the University of New Brunswick and a Doctor of Philosophy in Oceanography from Dalhousie University.  Dr. Page’s initial foray into aquaculture research included some limited experimentation with the outgrowing of Bay Scallops and the development of software for tracking and predicting feed utilization and growth of trout reared in a land based system.  As a Fisheries and Oceans Canada research scientist he has worked closely with industry representatives, government policy makers and regulators as well as university colleagues and has developed and led a research team whose aquaculture research has focused on relating physical and chemical aspects of the marine environment to applied aspects of aquaculture production and regulation.  His work has emphasized the acquisition of in situ measurements of temperatures, salinities and dissolved oxygen, sediment sulphide, water currents, waves, the transport and dilution of suspended substances and the development of numerical analyses and predictive models.  He has conducted research activity related to applied issues such as the carrying capacity of mussel and finfish culture, oxygen depletion by salmon farms, spread of ISA and the development of aquaculture bay management areas, transport and deposition of organics released from finfish farms, spatial and temporal variation in sediment sulphide, design of aquaculture environmental impact monitoring programs, and the transport and dispersal of sea lice therapeutants released from net pens and well boats.  He has been the Director of the DFO’s Center of Expertise on Integrated Aquaculture Science, an official member of Canadian aquaculture science delegations to Spain and Chile, a member of a Canadian delegation to a Pacific Rim aquaculture conference, a contributor to several DFO advisory documents relating to aquaculture, a member of various aquaculture regulatory support committees, an adjunct professor at several universities, a recipient of distinction awards for contributions to sea lice integrated pest management research and team work, partnership and cooperation, a member of the United Nations team on the status of the world’s oceans, and an invited scientific reviewer of the New Zealand NIWA aquaculture environmental interactions program.  In the future Dr. Page hopes to continue researching along these lines with an emphasis on developing better predictive models and decision support tools of use to aquaculture regulation and development.

2013 Student Presentation Award Recipients

Ian Ryerse – Unviersity of Guelph – Best Oral Presentation
Effects of deoxynivalenol contaminated feed on rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) experimentally infected with Flavobacterium psychrophilum.

 

 

Stephanie Dallaire-Dufresne – Université Laval – Best Poster Presentation
Ati2: An Aeromonas salmonicida type three secretion system effector toxic for the host cell.

Research Award Recipient 2013: Dr. Marcel Fréchette

Marcel Fréchette est chercheur émérite à l’Institut Maurice-Lamontagne. Il a fait ses études à l’Université Laval, y effectuant une maîtrise sur l’effet de la variabilité du régime lumineux sur la production primaire du phytoplancton, puis en complétant un doctorat sur le flux d’énergie dans les bancs de moules sauvages. Il a été à l’emploi du MPO de 1984 jusqu’à tout récemment. Dans le domaine aquicole, ses travaux ont porté sur la validation et l’application de la relation biomasse-densité, en particulier de l’autoréduction (« self-thinning »). Ainsi, il s’est intéressé à la détection des effets dépendants de la densité dans les systèmes de préélevage de naissain de bivalves, aux mécanismes de compétition et aux stratégies d’estimation de la densité optimale d’élevage. Il a été impliqué de près dans l’étude de la dynamique de production, de la rentabilité et de la modélisation d’enjeux écosystémiques des collecteurs autogérés, une méthode d’élevage de la moule à temps partiel développée par l’industrie. Plus récemment, il a travaillé sur la modélisation de l’alimentation des moules basée sur des facteurs régulateurs internes. Il s’est également intéressé à la dissymétrie fluctuante comme indicateur du potentiel des spécimens, à la dynamique de production du byssus par les moules et à l’efficacité des dragues à pétoncle.
Marcel Fréchette is currently Emeritus Scientist at the Maurice-Lamontagne Institute. He studied at Université Laval. He did his Master’s thesis on the effect of the temporal variability of the light field on phytoplankton primary production. His Ph.D. work was on energy flow in wild mussel beds. He was hired as a scientist by DFO in 1984 and retired recently. Part of his aquaculture research focussed on the relationship between body size and population density, with an emphasis on testing and applying self-thinning theory in various situations of interest to the industry. This allowed detecting density-dependent effects in spat collector bags, and studying competition mechanisms and optimal stocking density in bivalves. He was involved in studies of production dynamics, of profitability, and of modelling of ecosystemic issues of mussel culture with autocollectors, a technique which allows part-time mussel culture which was developed by the industry.
Recently he focussed on modeling feeding dynamics of mussels based on internal state regulation. He also did some work on fluctuating asymmetry as a method for assessing individual potential performance, on byssus production dynamics of mussels and on scallop dredge efficiency.

2012 Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient: Dr. Chris Frantsi

Dr. Chris Frantsi has an extensive background in fisheries and aquaculture in both the public and private sectors.
He spent his early years in Ontario and eventually moved with his family to Nova Scotia. He completed his BSc at Acadia University with a focus on microbiology. He then attended the University of Guelph, Department of Microbiology where he completed a Masters with his research on mammalian virology. Following this he did his PhD at Guelph in the Ontario Veterinary College Department of Microbiology and Immunology with his thesis on the epidemiology of Infectious Pancreatic Necrosis virus.
He began his career as a student microbiologist with the Canada federal Fisheries Inspection Branch in Halifax and following completion of his Masters, he taught food microbiology for a semester at the University of Guelph.
From 1972 to 1975, working for DFO and stationed at Mactaquac Fish Hatchery near Fredericton, he was responsible for fish health in Atlantic Canada’s then thirteen federal salmonid hatcheries. In 1975 he moved to St. Andrews and joined the Huntsman Marine Laboratory and the Atlantic Salmon Federation to assist in building and operating the North American Salmon Research Centre. In 1977 Dr. Frantsi moved to Ottawa for a year and assisted with the Introduction of Canada’s Fish Health Protection Regulations.
From 1978 to 1985 he worked with the Huntsman and the New Brunswick Community College in establishing and teaching Canada’s first Aquaculture Technician Training Program. During this period he also conducted research for government and private clients in both shellfish and finfish.
In 1985 Dr. Frantsi joined Connors Bros. Limited, later to become Heritage Salmon Limited, establishing the Aquaculture Division where he worked in senior management until 2004. He currently pursues a number of private interests under Chris Frantsi & Associates.
Dr. Frantsi has authored many scientific and technical papers on virology, microbiology and aquaculture, and has served as a member on various boards and as adjunct professor at a number of universities in both Canada and the USA. He is a Certified Fisheries Scientist with the American Fisheries Society and in 2000 was named “Aquaculturist of the Millennium”, a Canadian Farm Credit Corporation Award given by the Atlantic Aquaculture Exposition.
Dr. Frantsi currently serves on the Board of the Fundy Community Foundation, dedicated to serve community needs in Charlotte County New Brunswick and is Chair of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, Atlantic Innovation Fund Advisory Board.
Chris enjoys the good fortune of continuing to reside in St. Andrews and these days is usually found pursuing long neglected interests such as golfing, gardening, ATVing, hunting and fishing.

2012 Student Presentation Award Recipients

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

  • Jessica Willis – University of Prince Edward Island – Best Oral Presentation
  • Okechukwu Igboeli – University of Prince Edward Island – Best Oral Presentation
  • Sarah McConnachie – University of Prince Edward Island – Best Poster Presentation

Research Award Recipient 2011: Debbie Martin-Robichaud

Debbie Martin-Robichaud, the recipient of the AC 2011 Research Award of Excellence, has been engaged in aquaculture research at the DFO St. Andrews Biological Station (SABS) since the late 1980s. Debbie gained significant experience working as a technician before moving up the ranks to research scientist. She was on the AAC Board of Directors for many years and President of the Association in 2009. Her interest and current focus on sex control in fish started with her research on direct hormonal feminization of lumpfish for her MSc at the University of New Brunswick. Currently she leads the Marine Fish Reproductive Physiology and Broodstock program at SABS. Debbie has been actively involved in research to development alternate species for aquaculture such as Atlantic halibut, haddock and Atlantic cod. Her research has addressed issues pertaining to environmental physiology related to culture conditions, reproductive biology, ultrasonography, molecular genetics and sex control. The most fulfilling aspects of her job involve her close collaborations with industry, supervising graduate students and participating in research collaborations with outstanding colleagues and friends.

Debbie Martin-Robichaud, récipiendaire du prix d’excellence en recherche du AC 2011, a été engagé dans la recherche en aquaculture au MPO, à la Station Biologique à St Andrews (SBSA) depuis les années 80. Debbie a gagné de l’expérience significative comme une technicienne avant de monter les rangs pour devenir une chercheuse scientifique. Debbie était sur le conseil d’administration d’AAC pour plusieurs années et présidente de l’association en 2009. Son intérêt axer sur le contrôle des sexes chez les poissons a commencé avec sa recherche sur la féminisation hormonale directe de la poule de mer pour sa MSc à l’Université de Nouveau Brunswick. Actuellement elle mène le programme de physiologie de la reproduction de poisson marin et stock de géniteurs à la SBSA. Debbie a été activement impliqué dans la recherche pour le développement d’espèce alterne pour l’aquaculture comme le flétan commun, l’aiglefin et la morue. Sa recherche a adressé des problèmes qui rapportent à la physiologie écologique liée aux conditions de culture, la biologie reproductrice, ultrasonography, la génétique moléculaires et le contrôle des sexes. Les aspects les plus satisfaisant de son travail impliquent ses proches collaborations avec l’industrie, surveillant des étudiants diplômés et sa participation dans des recherches concertées avec des collègues remarquables et amis.

2010 Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient: Dr. Al Castledine

Dr. Al Castledine retired in the spring of 2010 from his position as Director of Aquaculture Policy, British Columbia Ministry of Agriculture and Lands. A degree in English and a desire to experience some of the world took him to Tanzania, East Africa with CUSO for several years in the early 1970’s teaching English and Biology in a boys’ secondary school. It was there that the idea came up to come back to Canada to pursue a passion for fish with the hope of some day returning to Tanzania to work on artisanal aquaculture. This was a simple, perhaps naïve, idea that has taken a number of twists over the years given the complexity of marriage, children and work. After Tanzania, a couple of years of undergraduate courses lead into a Master’s Program in fish nutrition at the University of Guelph followed by a year’s research on Asian carps in Malaysia compliments of a CIDA scholarship. Then off to the University of Victoria for a PhD in biochemistry focusing on fat metabolism in rainbow trout supported in part by NRC. A year in Ottawa (1981-1982) working with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans producing a report on the fish feed industry, amongst other duties, followed. Then off to Ontario from 1982 until 1987as an aquaculture extension biologist with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources. In 1987 the opportunity to return to the west coast came up initially as aquaculture production specialist with the British Columbia government succeeded by various roles including both management and Director positions in seafood and aquaculture development in marine and fresh waters. In 2001, Al worked with DFO in Ottawa in an interchange agreement – it was an exciting time – the federal aquaculture policy framework was being developed, the Office of the Commissioner for Aquaculture Development was in full swing and many other new initiatives were being discussed and implemented.

Indeed, the ten years between 1999 and 2009 saw a lot of engagement by the Provinces with the federal government on aquaculture through the Canadian Council of Aquaculture Ministers Aquaculture Task Group (Al co-chaired the Task Group for a number of years). This Task Group provided an opportunity for the Provinces to shape and to support a number of key federal initiatives such as the National Aquatic Animal Health Program, the Aquaculture Collaborative Research and Development Program, and the significant resources currently deployed within the Department to support industry Market Access Program among others.
Several years ago, as Director of Aquaculture Policy in British Columbia, Al took the initial first steps toward aquaculture development focused on communities and area and ecosystem based approaches to management. Two conventional industry development positions were re-profiled to focus on social licence issues. These actions are recognition that social licence and not technology (at the moment) is the most important factor hindering further growth of aquaculture in British Columbia (and probably lots of other places).
Al was, for many years a member of the British Columbia Institute of Agrologists, taking the steps to qualify to become a member because of the logical connections between aquaculture and agriculture (the irony of the recent British Columbia court decision declaring aquaculture to be a fishery, notwithstanding). He may have been the first Professional Agrologist in Canada to come from an aquaculture background and was recognized as Agrologist of the year for Victoria and the Islands Branch in 2000.
Al has been a member of AAC for many years and served on the Board in several capacities and as president in 1994-1995.
He would like to recognize the many wonderful and talented people he has met and worked with in what has been a very challenging and rewarding 35 years in aquaculture research, extension and management. As for Tanzania, Al and his wife Birgit, headed there in June 2010 to explore volunteer opportunities with high hopes that these will concern aquaculture.