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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 !

Emerging Leaders in Canadian Aquaculture

EMERGING LEADERS IN CANADIAN AQUACULTURE

The Aquaculture Association of Canada is excited to launch a new funding program in
partnership with aquaculture industry associations across Canada:
The Emerging Leaders in Canadian Aquaculture (ELCA) Program.

How It Works:

Aquaculture industry associations hold a number of research and policy-based
workshops throughout the year to discuss and find solutions to key questions pertaining
to a variety of pertinent topics, for example, fish health, the study of wild and farmed
interactions, and pest management. Workshops engage industry leaders, researchers in
academia and independent organizations, and government. These events are excellent
opportunities for graduate students studying in related fields to gain applied knowledge
from industry discussions and to network with potential collaborators and future
employers.

THE ELCA Program, through AAC partnership with interested regional industry
associations, will see funding made available to support travel for graduate and postgraduate
students to these events. ELCA will provide up to 70% of travel costs.
ELCA opportunities will be posted and advertised through the Aquaculture Association
of Canada, at least two months before the workshop date, and open until 2 weeks
before the event.

Eligibility:

• MSc, or PhD students in at least their second year of a thesis-based or coursebased
program at a Canadian university studying in a related field to the
workshop topic, or
• Post-doctoral fellows at Canadian universities in programs of a related nature.
• Applicants must be student members in good standing of the Aquaculture
Association of Canada.
Applying:
• Interested individuals should get in touch with the workshop contact noted in
listings, and complete the application form provided.
• Submit your application by the identified deadline. Application deadlines and
reviewers will change with workshops.
• Funding decisions will be made within 5 business days of application submission,
and on a first come first serve basis, unless otherwise indicated.

Deliverables:

Successful applicants will be asked to write a short entry on their experience for
publication in AAC’s monthly Watermark Newsletter / as an AAC blog post.
EMERGING LEADERS IN CANADIAN AQUACULTURE

The First Opportunity:

AAC in partnership with the BC Salmon Farmers Association
(BCSFA) (www.bcsalmonfarmers.ca) invites ELCA applications for
funding to attend an upcoming BCSFA Research Priorities
workshop. Successful students can meet with BC industry
members and researchers working in several areas of salmon
farming and environmental management, learn about current
operations and take in a farm tour.

Apply to Attend! To obtain an application for travel funds to attend this workshop, or
for more information, contact:
Joanne Liutkus, BC Salmon Farmers Association (joanne@bcsalmonfarmers.ca)

Deadline: Applications should be received by Monday, May 27 2018.

Exploring Priorities for Marine Environmental Research 

on BC’s Coast

  A BC Salmon Farmers Association

Research Workshop

in Partnership with the BC Seafood Expo

June 11 and 12, 2018

 Moderated by Dr. Ron Lewis, confirmed speakers and topics to date include:

 

Fish Health Priorities
Fish Health – Wild Fish and Farm-raised Populations Michael Kent

Oregon State University

DFO Fish Health Audit System – BC Salmon Aquaculture Zac Waddington

DFO Pacific Region

 

 

Wild Salmon Migrations and Populations
Wild Salmon Migrations and Populations Chrys Neville

DFO Pacific Biological Station

Salish Sea Marine Survival Program – Pacific Salmon Foundation Isobel Pearsall

Pacific Salmon Foundation

 

The Changing Ocean Environment
What does climate indices dynamics mean for offshore and coastal salmon ecosystems in the North Pacific Ocean? Vladimir Radchenko

North Pacific Anadromous Fish Commission

 

Science Communications & the BC Salmon Farming Industry
Communicating Science – Experiences from the forestry sector Paul Adams

Oregon State University

BC Salmon Aquaculture – Public Knowledge gaps & social license Michele Patterson

Vancouver Island University

 

 

BC SEAFOOD EXPO EVENT CALENDAR FOR WORKSHOP PARTICIPANTS

Workshop participants will have access to a number of Seafood Expo events as follows:

Salmon Farm Tour – BC Seafood Expo Delegates (Sunday, June 10, 2018):

•    11 am departure from Courtenay to Campbell River.

•    Delegates return to Courtenay by 4 pm. Lunch is provided.

•    Return travel provided from Courtenay to Campbell River.

Keynote Presentations (June 11 and 12):

•    June 11 – Calvin Helin –  a member of the Tsimshian Nation, comes from the community of Lax Kw’alaams on the Northwest coast of British Columbia, Canada. The son of a hereditary chief, Helin is an entrepreneur, lawyer, and best-selling author.

•    June 12 – Linda Cornish – President of the Seafood Nutrition Partnership, an organization focused on inspiring a healthier America through partnerships that raise awareness about the essential nutritional benefits of eating seafood.

BC Seafood Expo International Buyers Reception (June 11, evening):

•    The Expo trade show floors will be converted into a bountiful seafood tasting journey, where guests will enjoy networking and walking to numerous Chef Stations to meet incredible regional chefs as they present an array of BC seafood dishes from top shellfish and finfish producers. Expo Trade Show booth exhibitors and delegates will be in attendance along with the Ministry of Jobs, Trade & Technology and International Buyers Mission delegation, as part of their tour itiniary.

 

 

 

 

8th International Symposium on Aquatic Animal Health

Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island (February 1, 2018) –  Organizers of the 8th International Symposium on Aquatic Animal Health ( ISAAH 2018 ), have opened the conference registration and put out a call seeking abstract submissions for oral and poster presentations.

The 2018 symposium marks the thirtieth anniversary of the ISAAH, and will be held September 2 – 6, 2018 in Prince Edward Island, Canada.  The ISAAH meets every four years and typically attracts 300–400 fish health professionals from around the world. This will be only the second time the Conference has been hosted in Canada; the inaugural conference took place in Vancouver in 1988.

Aquaculture is the world’s fastest-growing sector for animal food production. And Atlantic Canadian companies  are  a prime resource in the evolution, growth and research into innovative solutions to challenges facing the global aquaculture industry. There are more than 30 organizations involved in aquaculture research and development throughout Atlantic Canada and several companies and the Atlantic Veterinary College in Prince Edward Island are helping to lead the way.

Delegates attending ISAAH 2018 will be have the opportunity to join other aquatic health professionals from around the world for scientific workshops, business meetings, keynote and research  presentations. The theme of this year’s  symposium is “Integrating Biotechnology in the Advancement of Aquatic Animal Health”.

Early Bird registration rates are available now and as there are limited spaces for registered delegates to attend the pre-conference scientific workshops, organizers encourage participants to sign up as soon as possible. For more information, visit http://www.isaah2018.com.

ISAAH 2018 is being hosted by the Fish Health Section of the American Fisheries Society, the Atlantic Veterinary College, and the Prince Edward Island BioAlliance.

For more information about ISAAH 2018, contact: Dr. David Groman (groman@upei.ca), past President of the Fish Health Society , Section Head for Aquatic Diagnostic Services at the Atlantic Veterinary College, and Local Chair of the 2018 Conference.

A Food Policy for Canada

Aquaculture Canada and Seafarmers 2017 Conference and Tradeshow

Aquaculture has a key role to play in providing food and employment for a growing human population. In the year of Canada’s 150th anniversary, this premiere Canadian aquaculture event will highlight how aquaculture is ensuring future prosperity locally, nationally and globally. With its long aquaculture history, Nova Scotia has a vibrant and diverse industry that reflects national interests in sustainable finfish, shellfish and seaweed aquaculture. The joint AAC/AANS conference and tradeshow will highlight advances in the science and technology of Canadian aquaculture, in preparing for the sustainable food systems of the future.

2017 Canadian Aquaculture R&D Review

(La version française suit)
Submit a brief summary of your Canadian
aquaculture research projects to the
Canadian Aquaculture R&D Review 2017

Deadline November 30, 2016

Publication Overview
The Canadian Aquaculture R&D Review is intended to allow those involved with aquaculture to increase awareness of projects related to aquaculture in Canada. This will help to solidify a community with a common vision for the future development of the Canadian aquaculture sector. Similar to the previous editions, this national review of aquaculture research and development will provide brief summaries of current research projects, in-depth coverage of select projects, and overviews of the various funding organizations in Canada supporting aquaculture R&D. There will be French and English versions, and it is intended to be published in March 2017 in a professional e-magazine format. The full text of the 2017 publication will be available online in HTML and PDF format. Canadian Aquaculture R&D Review 2015
Research Targeted
Articles for this publication can come from the diverse scientific fields that contribute to Canadian aquaculture research, including, among others, advances in husbandry, development of new species or farming practices, research on disease and its management, interactions between aquaculture and the environment, or new uses for aquaculture products. Species studied can include finfish, shellfish, other invertebrates, and plants in both freshwater and marine environments.
How to submit
If you are interested in sharing information about your recent or current aquaculture-related research, please submit project summaries accompanied by photographs and video files (10-15 sec.) by November 30, 2016. The accompanying attachments provide guidance on the format and content sought for inclusion.
To assist you with the editing and compilation process, please submit your contribution using the attached template (Word format), including your graphic and hi-res image and/or video files, and return these as email attachments to Alex.Tuen@dfo-mpo.gc.ca. Photo credits will be provided in all cases (see attached Photo Release consent form).
Contribute to the visual aspect!
Submit any high resolution images of Canadian aquaculture science which could potentially benefit to the visual aspect of the review. The best ones will be used for the cover!

Contact us
Should you have any questions or require further information, please do not hesitate to contact Dan.McPhee@dfo-mpo.gc.ca

We look forward to your participation in this important national initiative.

On behalf of,

Jay Parsons, Director
Ecosystems and Oceans Science Sector
Aquaculture, Biotechnology and Aquatic Animal Health Sciences Branch
Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Soumettez un résumé de vos travaux
de recherche portant sur l’aquaculture au
R&D en aquaculture au Canada 2017

Date limite Novembre 30, 2016

Aperçu de la publication
La publication intitulée R&D en aquaculture au Canada se veut un moyen, pour tous ceux qui travaillent en aquaculture, de prendre connaissance des projets réalisés au Canada en matière d’aquaculture, aidant ainsi à solidifier une communauté partageant une vision commune quant au développement futur du secteur de l’aquaculture canadienne. Cette revue nationale de la recherche et du développement en aquaculture fournira des résumés de projets de recherche en cours, un examen approfondi des projets choisis et un survol des diverses organisations de financement canadiennes qui soutiennent la recherche et le développement en aquaculture. La revue  sera disponible en anglais ainsi qu’en français, et sera accessible en ligne en format HTML ou PDF.
R et D en aquaculture au Canada 2015
recherche ciblée
Les articles de cette publication peuvent provenir de différentes disciplines scientifiques alimentant la recherche sur l’aquaculture au Canada, y compris notamment les percées dans la production de l’élevage, le développement de nouvelles espèces ou de pratiques aquacoles, la recherche sur les maladies et leur gestion, les interactions entre l’aquaculture et l’environnement ou de nouvelles utilisations de produits aquacoles. Les espèces étudiées peuvent comprendre des poissons, des mollusques et crustacés, d’autres invertébrés et des plantes vivant dans des environnements marins ou d’eau douce.
Comment soumettre
Si vous désirez partager de l’information au sujet de vos travaux de recherche en aquaculture, récent ou présent, veuillez soumettre vos résumés de projets accompagnés de photographies et vidéos  (10 à 15 sec.) avant le 30 Novembre, 2016. Les documents ci joints offrent des directives quant à la forme et au contenu attendus.
Pour faciliter le processus d’édition et de compilation, veuillez soumettre votre résumé au moyen du gabarit ci joint (format Word), en y annexant vos fichiers graphiques, images et vidéos, et retourner le tout par courriel, au Alex.Tuen@dfo-mpo.gc.ca. La source de chaque image sera mentionnée (Voir le Formulaire de consentement de publication d’images).
Contribuez à l’aspect visuel!
Veuillez soumettre toute image à haute résolution liée aux sciences de l’aquaculture au Canada ayant le potentiel d’améliorer l’aspect visuel de l’ouvrage. Les meilleures images seront utilisées pour la couverture!

Contactez nous
Si vous désirez obtenir de plus amples renseignements ou si vous avez des questions, n’hésitez pas à communiquer par courriel au Dan.McPhee@dfo-mpo.gc.ca
Nous espérons que vous pourrez prendre part à cette importante initiative nationale.

Au nom de

Jay Parsons, directeur
Secteur des sciences des écosystèmes et des océans
Direction des sciences de l’aquaculture, de la biotechnologie et santé des animaux aquatiques
Pêches et Océans Canada