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Past Recipients of the AAC Student Travel Award (2011-2016)

Student Travel Awards – given to students presenting papers at the annual meeting to help defray travel expenses of attending the meeting.


Francisco Bravo
Pierre-Olivier Fontaine
Daria Gallardi
Stanzin Gawa
Aly Ghanem
Lindsey Gillard
Stephanie Hall
Melissa Holborn
Krista Latimer
Shawna Semple
Andrew Sevier

Katharina Correa
Forest Dussault
Minhao Fu
Daria Gallardi
Melissa Holborn
Song Lin
Xiang Lin
Jing Lu
Stacy Murray
Agnieszka Stadnik
Yangfan Zhang

Paul van Dam-Bates
Daria Gallardi
Alejandro Guitierrez
David Huyben
Song Lin
Jeremy Le Luyer
Nicole Nadar
Chris Small
Xoana Taboada
Guoqiang Wang
Yangfan Zhang

Stephanie Dallarie-Dufresne
Bernard-Antonin Dupont-Cyr
Felix Christen
Daria Gallardi
Alejandro Gutierrez
Tomer Katan
Jérémy Le Luyer
Song Lin
Joe Mersereau
Neomie Poirier-Stewart
Katherine Tanaka
Melanie Trudel
Di Wan
Xi Xue

Wasiim Kader Bathia
Courtney D Edwards
Jessica Fry
Daria Gallardi
Sarah Granier
David Huyben
Nicole Leavitt
Danielle Lewis
Colin Novak
Christina Rochus
Qingheng Xu
Xi Xue

Andrea Bartsch
Laura Braden
Terry Bungay
Nancy Camarillo-Sepulveda
Mathieu Doucet
Alejandro Gutierrez
David Huyben
Danielle Lewis
Song LIn
Colin Novak
Nicole Quinn
Matt Webb
Jessica Whitehead
Jess Wyatt

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

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.

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.

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.

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.