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ATEC Announces Algae Cultivation Extension Short-course (ACES): Part 2: Microalgae


This FREE Algae Cultivation Extension Short-course (ACES) is the extension/outreach component of the Algae Technology Educational Consortium (ATEC). Part 1 covered Macroalgaeand Part 2 covers Microalgae.

The microalgae for aquaculture course is an online compendium of videos and online lectures chosen to give a thorough introduction into the culturing of various commercial microalgae, for those interested in the skill set and techniques required for the aquacultureindustry.The course includes:  a large number of videos produced by national and international programs, and guided PowerPoint presentations; including selections from the Santa Fe Community College, Introduction to Algae Cultivation online course.  Offerings include: cultivation and harvesting technologies, microscopy, algae species collections, nutrient media recipes, algae to fuel, carbon sequestration, food products and interviews with industry experts. There are additional chapters for the online algae culture collections, interviews and Ted Talks.There are several longer webinars and pdf documents about microalgae culture that can be downloaded.

ACES is a free on-line curriculum that covers both the U.S. perspective as well as inclusion of microalgae cultivation around the world.  This course includes 148 online interviews, lectures, and instructional videos from individuals, universities, governments, NGO’s and algae companies from around the world. There are also 17 links to algae collections, databases, supplemental reading, and social media.

Discover how microalgae cultivation skills can enhance your role in the aquaculture industry.

Register for free today!

Register at the ATEC website http://www.algaefoundationatec.org/aces_intro2.html

Contact info: Dr. Stephen Gómez  or Dr. Ira Levine

This project was supported by the Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office, the Algae Foundation, and

the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. 

Aquaculture Canada & WAS North America 2020

The Aquaculture Association of Canada is excited to be partnering with the World Aquaculture Society and Newfoundland Aquaculture Industry Association to host Aquaculture Canada & WAS North America at the St. John’s Convention Centre, St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador on August 30th – Sep 2nd 2020.

Download the brochure here for more information: Aquaculture; The Leading Edge of Food Production



Professional Development Courses – Vancouver Island University

NRFH 001 Level 1: Introduction to Basic Fish Health


Jun 10 2019 to Jun 14 2019


Nanaimo, BC


NRFH 002 Level 2: Practical Fish Health Techniques For Aquaculture & Fisheries Ecology 


Jun 17 2019 to Jun 21 2019


Nanaimo, BC


NRFH 003 Level 3: Fish Bacteriology Culture, Screening & Diagnosis          


Jun 24 2019 to Jun 28 2019


Nanaimo, BC


NRSH 001 Vibrio parahaemolyticus (Vp) Awareness (online)       


Jul 26 2018 to Jul 26 2019



ATEC Announces Algae Culture Extension Short-Course (ACES): Part 1: Macroalgae

This FREE Algal Culture Extension Short-course (ACES) is the extension/outreach component of the Algae Technology Education Consortium (ATEC). Part 1 covers Macroalgae and is designed for those in commercial marine industries seeking to learn the basic skills to grow seaweeds. Marine Agronomy offers commercial fishermen, lobstermen, finfish and shellfish farmers the opportunity to grow seaweeds adding a second income stream to their endeavors.

The seaweed course is an online compendium of videos chosen and newly created to give a thorough initiation into the culture of various commercial seaweeds, including kelps, for those interested in getting started in algal-based aquaculture. The course includes:  a large number of videos produced by several New England Sea Grant programs, international content and guided PowerPoint presentations.  Additionally, newly created videos include: covering industry pioneers; history of wild harvesting and culturing macroalgae; seaweed products; longline setting; harvesting methods; drying techniques; conversations about peoples’ experiences in seaweed culture; and the permitting process. There are several longer webinars and pdf documents about algae culture that can be downloaded.

ACES is a free on-line curriculum that covers both the U.S. perspective as well as inclusion of seaweed culture around the world.  This course includes 53 online videos and 17 publications.

Improve your skill set and techniques required for this industry. Register today!

Contact info: Ira Levine ilevine@maine.edu or Gef Flimlin flimlin@scarletmail.rutgers.edu

PEI Aquaculture Alliance Conference

Estuarine Environmental Health and Shellfish Aquaculture Conference

March 27-28th at the Rodd Charlottetown

The PEI Aquaculture Alliance in partnership with the PEI Watershed Alliance will host a two-day conference on estuarine environmental health and shellfish aquaculture in PEI waters.

Day 1: Health of the Watershed, from the Land to the Ocean
Day 2: Impacts of Climate Change on Estuarine Ecosystems

Special Guest Speakers:
Pete Malinowski, Executive Director, The Billion Oyster Project
Seth Theuerkauf, The Nature Conservancy Global Oceans Team
Sally McGee, The Shellfish Growers Climate Coalition

Register by the end of day for the Early bird rate of only $80 for PEI Aquaculture Alliance and PEI Watershed Alliance Members ($160 non-members) for two days, including lunches


To register go to: https://peiaquaculturealliance.wufoo.com/forms/rea0ca11e5p85c/?fbclid=IwAR3Z6NUzdzt-OCqVKSuIbwKOv35lbWRfmziIvNnaXXBJSIS66noq7FiaFWc

Go to http://www.aquaculturepei.com/media_read_more.php?news=22  for complete details and to download the Conference Program

Call for Nominations to the AAC Board of Directors

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Call for Nominations to the AAC Board of Directors

There will be five vacancies (four directors and one student director) on the Aquaculture Association of Canada’s Board of Directors to be filled at the 2019 AAC Annual General Meeting. Any AAC member may nominate someone for the Board of Directors. Candidates must be AAC members in good standing and must agree to stand for election if nominated and to serve if elected.

Nominations must be received by January 18, 2019, and should be sent to Stefanie Colombo (Chair of the Elections Committee) by e-mail (scolombo@dal.ca).

For more details on the AAC and its activities, please visit www.aquacultureassociation.ca

Appel de candidatures au conseil d’administration de l’AAC

Cinq postes au conseil d’administration (quatre dirigeants plus un dirigeant étudiant) de l’Association aquacole du Canada seront à pourvoir à la prochaine réunion générale annuelle de l’AAC en 2019. Tout membre de l’AAC peut soumettre une candidature pour un poste au conseil d’administration. Les candidats doivent être membres en bonne et due forme de l’AAC, ils doivent accepter de soumettre leur candidature au vote des membres et de siéger au conseil d’administration s’ils sont élus.

Les mises en candidature devront être reçues au plus tard le 18 janvier 2019 et devront être envoyées à Stefanie Colombo (Présidente du comité responsable des élections) (scolombo@dal.ca).

Pour de plus amples détails sur l’AAC, veuillez consulter notre site web au: www.aquacultureassociation.ca

Nominations for the 2019 AAC Research Award of Excellence

We are now welcoming nominations for our Research Award of Excellence. This award recognises individuals who are a current or former member of AAC for their outstanding contribution to Aquaculture Research in Canada. Please send your nomination and supporting letters to Debbie Plouffe, Chair of the AAC Awards Committee at awards@aquacultureassociation.ca. The deadline for nominations is February 22nd, 2019.

Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient 2018: Professor Rich Moccia

Few individuals have consistently shaped and enhanced our aquaculture community like Professor Rich Moccia, who has been a tireless advocate for the Canadian aquaculture sector for over 40 years.
What is perhaps most unique about his contributions, are the multiple venues through which he has accomplished this, successfully contributing through aquaculture research, teaching, industry
development, and extension outreach.

After obtaining an undergraduate degree in Marine Biology, Moccia began his research career studying tumors in Great Lakes fishes being used as sentinel species for monitoring ecosystem health. After completing graduate studies in 1978, he landed his first ‘real job’ at the Ontario Veterinary College, Fish Pathology Laboratory, where he provided diagnostic and clinical support to the fledgling commercial fish farming industry. And his passion for the aquaculture sector was born. He left the university
to build 2 SME’s in private industry called Aquatic Pathology Services, and International Aquaculture
Developments Corp, and specialized in tech transfer projects, diagnostics, consulting and developing the early capacity in reproductive manipulation and semen cryogenics. In late 1987, he returned to the University of Guelph as an Assistant Professor of Aquaculture, and still holds a faculty position today as a full professor. Rich has authored over 80 peer-reviewed, aquaculture related publications, over 100 technical reports and factsheets, and given hundreds of presentations across an expanse of disciplines, encompassing animal welfare, pathology, physiology, nutrition, production, engineering and
environmental impact assessment.

In 1988, Moccia spearheaded the development of the Alma Aquaculture Research Station, and the Aquaculture Centre, a joint venture with two provincial Ministries and the University of Guelph. Rich was responsible for overseeing the design, construction, staffing and operationalizing of the research and quarantine facility-a first of its kind for the province of Ontario.

Professor Moccia has also been an exemplary educator, undergraduate and graduate student advisor, and mentor to many young career professionals. Rich developed several undergraduate and graduate courses over his career, and he is still teaching to this day. He was famous (or notorious, to some students!) for promoting wild and crazy ‘lateral thinking exercises’ as a means to problem solve by
combining multiple disciplines to find solutions. And in 1993, he developed UG’s first MSc Aquaculture Program. Professor Moccia has been a primary advisor or committee member to over 90 graduate students, and has sat on over 75 examining committees of M.Sc and PhD theses defences. Moccia’s student-centred philanthropy is exemplified by his ongoing donations to the AAC student scholarship fund for almost 25 years, as well as his ongoing collaborations and enduring friendships with so many of his former students.

Over the years, Richard has been at the forefront of several industry groups, having been President of the Ontario Aquaculture Association, as well as a founding member of the Canadian Aquaculture Producers Council (now known as CAIA). His leadership skills and formal mediation training,
as well as extensive knowledge of strategic planning, governance, human resources, and finance have always been in demand, and he has been a member of several Boards of Directors of scientific organizations and NSERC NCE’s, private companies, and community philanthropic groups, as well as numerous science and policy committees helping to guide smart legislation for Canada. Throughout
his career, Rich has helped hundreds of farmers and industry newcomers navigate the technology, biology and the regulatory framework needed to operate a fish farm.

Professor Moccia also served 10 years as the Associate Vice-President of Research (AVPR), Agrifood and Partnerships at the UG. During his tenure as AVPR, Rich was responsible for a portfolio worth nearly $100M a year, and included overseeing the Provincial Animal Health Lab, the Provincial Agriculture and Food Lab, 14 research stations across the province, and managing research, tech
transfer, HQP and commercialization initiatives across a wide range of agrifood programs, including aquaculture.

Professor Moccia’s extensive and varied contributions have been recognized by UG’s Distinguished
Professorial Teaching Award in 2002, a Distinguished Extension Service Award in 2004, the AAC Award for Research Excellence in 2007, and the Dr. Bill Winegard Community Volunteer Award in 2015, among others. He was also inducted into the Guelph Sports Hall of Fame in 2018.

Rich Moccia is one of the true, innovative pioneers in the Canadian aquaculture sector. His vision has given so much to those in the field, whether it be farmers, researchers, educators, students or regulators. Few can claim such an extensive aquaculture legacy. In his spare time, Rich is an avid hockey player, motorcyclist, hiker, scuba diver and boater, and recently earned his commercial boat Captains licence to support his semiretirement plan of skippering a scuba charter vessel in Tobermory, Ontario!


Peu d’individus ont constamment formé et amélioré la communauté de l’aquaculture comme le professeur Rich Moccia qui a été un défenseur infatigable pour le secteur de l’aquaculture au Canada depuis plus de 40 ans. Ce qui est peut-être le plus unique à propos de ses contributions, c’est le succès qu’il a connu dans des domaines aussi diversifiés que la recherche en aquaculture,
l’enseignement, le développement de l’industrie et la vulgarisation.

Après avoir obtenu un diplôme de premier cycle en biologie marine, Rich Moccia a commencé sa carrière de chercheur en étudiant les tumeurs chez les poissons des Grands Lacs qui étaient utilisés comme espèces sentinelles pour surveiller la santé de l’écosystème. Après avoir terminé des études supérieures en 1978, il a obtenu son premier « vrai travail » au Collège vétérinaire de l’Ontario dans le Laboratoire de pathologie des poissons, où il a fourni un appui diagnostique et clinique à l’industrie piscicole commerciale naissante. C’est là qu’est née sa passion pour le secteur aquacole. Il quitta l’université pour se consacrer à deux PME dans le secteur privé, les Services de pathologie aquatique et la Société internationale de développement de l’aquaculture, où il se spécialisa dans les projets de transfert de technologie, de diagnostic, de consultation et de développement de la capacité en manipulation de la reproduction et en cryogénie du sperme. À la fin de 1987, il revint à l’Université de Guelph, comme assistant professeur en aquaculture et il occupe actuellement un poste de professeur titulaire. Rich est l’auteur de plus de 80 publications reliées à l’aquaculture qui ont été évaluées par des pairs, plus de 100 rapports techniques et fiches d’information, et il a donné des centaines de présentations couvrant un vaste éventail de disciplines, notamment le bien-être animal, la pathologie,
la physiologie, la nutrition, la production, le génie et l’évaluation de l’impact environnemental.

En 1988, Rich Moccia a dirigé le développement de la Station de recherche aquacole d’Alma et le Centre d’aquaculture, une coentreprise avec deux ministères provinciaux et l’Université de Guelph. Rich a été chargé de superviser la conception, la construction, la dotation en personnel et l’opérationnalisation de l’installation de recherche et de quarantaine, une première en son genre
pour la province d’Ontario.

Le professeur Moccia a également été un éducateur exemplaire, un conseiller aux étudiants de premier et de troisième cycles et le mentor de nombreux jeunes professionnels. Rich a développé plusieurs cours de premier cycle et du cycle supérieur au cours de sa carrière, et il enseigne encore à ce jour. Il est célèbre (pour ne pas dire notoire, selon certains élèves !) parce qu’il encourage des « exercices de pensée latérale » fantaisistes et extravagants comme moyen de résoudre les problèmes en combinant plusieurs disciplines pour trouver des solutions. En 1993, il a développé le premier programme de maîtrise en sciences aquacoles à l’Université Guelph. Le professeur Moccia a été un conseiller principal ou un membre de comité pour plus de 90 étudiants des cycles supérieurs et il a siégé sur
plus de 75 comités d’examen des défenses de thèses de maîtrise ès sciences et de doctorat. La philanthropie du professeur Moccia qui est centrée sur l’étudiant est illustrée par ses dons constants au fond de bourses pour étudiants de l’AAC depuis près de 25 ans, ainsi que ses collaborations continues et ses amitiés durables avec beaucoup de ses anciens élèves.

Au cours des années, Richard a été à l’avant-garde de plusieurs groupes de l’industrie, après avoir été
président de l’Association ontarienne de l’aquaculture, ainsi que membre fondateur du Conseil canadien des producteurs aquacoles (maintenant appelé l’AICA). Ses compétences en leadership et sa formation en médiation formelle, ainsi que ses connaissances approfondies de la planification stratégique, de la gouvernance, des ressources humaines et des finances ont toujours été en demande, et il a été membre de plusieurs conseils d’administration d’organisations scientifiques
et de RCE du CRSNG, de sociétés privées et de groupes philanthropiques communautaires, ainsi que de nombreux comités scientifiques et de comités d’élaboration de politiques qui aident à orienter une législation intelligente pour le Canada. Tout au long de sa carrière, Rich a aidé des centaines de pisciculteurs et de nouveaux venus dans l’industrie à naviguer dans la technologie, la biologie et le
cadre réglementaire nécessaire pour l’exploitation d’une pisciculture.

Le professeur Moccia a également servi pendant 10 ans comme vice-président associé de la recherche (VPAR), de l’agroalimentaire et des partenariats à l’UG. Au cours de son mandat comme VPAR, Rich a été responsable d’un portefeuille d’une valeur de près de 100 millions de dollars par an. Il supervisait le Laboratoire provincial de santé animale, le Laboratoire provincial de l’agriculture et
de l’alimentation et 14 stations de recherche à travers la province et il gérait des initiatives de  echerche, de transfert technologique, de PHQ et de commercialisation dans un large éventail de programmes agroalimentaires, y compris l’aquaculture.

Les contributions étendues et variées du professeur Moccia ont été récompensées par le Distinguished Professorial Teaching Award d’UG en 2002, le Distinguished Extension Service Award en 2004, le prix AAC pour l’excellence en recherche en 2007 et le Prix du Bénévolat communautaire Dr. Bill Winegard en 2015, entre autres. Il a également été intronisé dans le Temple de la renommée sportive de Guelph
en 2018.

Rich Moccia est un véritable pionnier de l’innovation dans le secteur de l’aquaculture au Canada. Sa vision a apporté tellement à ceux qui oeuvrent dans le domaine, que ce soit les pisciculteurs, les chercheurs, les éducateurs, les étudiants ou les régulateurs. Rares sont ceux qui peuvent revendiquer
un héritage aquacole aussi étendu. Dans ses temps libres, Rich est un passionné de hockey, un
motocycliste, un randonneur, un plongeur et un plaisancier. Récemment, il a obtenu son brevet de capitaine de bateau commercial en vue de réaliser son plan de semi-retraite, piloter un navire affrété de plongée à Tobermory en Ontario !