Aquaculture Canada & Sea Farmers 2017 Conference

Aquaculture Canada & Sea Farmers 2017 Conference

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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 fish, shellfish and seaweed aquaculture. The joint AAC/AANS conference and trade-show will highlight advances in the science and technology of Canadian aquaculture, in preparing for the sustainable food systems of the future.

Presenting Sponsor and Co-Host

 
 

Diamond Sponsors

 
 

Gold Sponsors

 
Skretting
Marine Harvest Canada
Cooke Aquaculture Inc.
 

Silver Sponsors

 
Aquaculture North America
Elanco Canada
JEFO Nutrition
Huntsman Marine
Hoskin Scientific Limited
University of Guelph
 

Bronze Sponsors

 
Aqua Pharma Inc.
AquaBounty Canada
Sweeney International Marine Corp.
Center for Aquaculture Technologies Canada
 

Donated Product

 
Icy Waters Ltd.
Marine Harvest Canada
Cooke Aquaculture Inc.
 

Sponsors are an integral part of the success of the Aquaculture Canada and Sea Farmers 2017 Conference and Tradeshow. Any support that you or your organization offers will greatly benefit the events in addition to providing advertising opportunities for your company. Your contribution will assist us with our task of organizing an exciting program, support our younger generation of upcoming aquaculturists and ensure that participants have an opportunity to exchange ideas and network in a comfortable setting.

For each level of sponsorship, you are entitled to the following:

PLATIMUM ($10,000+)
•    Sponsor recognition during the Opening Reception and Opening Session
•    Full page advertisement in the conference program booklet – Deadline: April 14th
•    Logo placement on event signage, in the conference program, and on the event websites and social media
•    Two complimentary registrations (not including BBQ or gala tickets) Value: $650
•    4 Gala Dinner tickets – Value: $300

DIAMOND ($5000+)
•    Sponsor recognition during the Opening Reception and Opening Session
•    Full page advertisement in the conference program booklet – Deadline: April 14th
•    Logo placement on event signage, in the conference program, and on the event websites and social media
•    One complimentary registration (not including BBQ or gala tickets) Value: $325 -375
•    2 Gala Dinner tickets – Value: $150

GOLD ($2500+)
•    Sponsor recognition during the Opening Reception and Opening Session
•    Half page advertisement in the conference program booklet – Deadline: April 14th
•    Logo placement on event signage, in the conference program, and on the event websites and social media

SILVER ($1000+)
•    Quarter page advertisement in the conference program booklet – Deadline: April 14th
•    Logo placement on event signage, in the conference program, and on the event websites and social media

STUDENT ENDOWMENT FUND ($1000+) (Travel, awards, scholarships)

•    Business card size ad in the conference program booklet – Deadline: April 14th
•    Logo placement on event signage, in the conference program, and on the event websites and social media

BRONZE ($500+)

•    Business card size ad in the conference program booklet – Deadline: April 14th
•    Logo placement on event signage, in the conference program, and on the event websites and social media

For more information on sponsorship opportunities please contact:
Joanne Burry, Conference Manager
email: jmburry@nl.rogers.com or phone: 506-529-4766

Download your sponsorship form here. An invoice and receipt will be forwarded once processed. Please return all completed forms and payments to:

Aquaculture Association of Canada
16 Lobster Lane, St Andrews, NB
E5B 3T6
Fax: 506-529-4609

Aquaculture Canada & Sea Farmers 2017 DRAFT Program

Download the draft program schedule and please note it is subject to change.

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

MONDAY MORNING

Henry Demone – High Liner Foods

Title: The 21st Century’s most promising investment opportunity…

Henry Demone is a Nova Scotian, active in business and volunteer work.  He is Chairman of High Liner Foods and serves on the boards of Emera and Saputo.  He is Chairman of Eosense, a successful Nova Scotian technology company, focussed on the measurement of environmental gas flux.

He serves on the Board of Governors of Acadia University and is Chairman of the Atlantic Growth Strategy Advisory Group.  He has held volunteer leadership positions in many organizations over the course of his career, including Young Presidents’ Organization, the National Fisheries institute in Washington DC, the Groundfish Forum and Fisheries Council of Canada.

TUESDAY MORNING

George Chamberlain – Global Aquaculture Alliance

Title of Presentation: Global Aquaculture: Challenges, Opportunities, and Responsibilities

Dr. George Chamberlain has been president of the Global Aquaculture Alliance since 1997. He is also a former president of the World Aquaculture Society. With broad experience in farmed seafood, Chamberlain helped establish Integrated Aquaculture International in 2004. Now called iAqua, the company owns and manages breeding, nutrition and production facilities in Asia and the Americas. Chamberlain also developed shrimp feeds and production systems for Ralston Purina Co. and Monsanto.

TUESDAY AFTERNOON

Linda Sams – Tassal

Title of Presentation Thoughts on Growing a Resilient Salmon Aquaculture Industry   

Linda is a biologist with over 29 years of business and management experience in the aquaculture sector. She has been in her current role in Tassal, the largest Aquaculture and Seafood Company in Australia, for the past 8 years. Her areas of expertise are environmental management, fish health, research management, production, communications and strategic business planning.

Ms. Sams leads Tassal’s Environment and Sustainability department which oversees various technical aspects of the company including environmental compliance and environmental management, environmental certification, site development, fish health, breeding, R&D and sustainability reporting and community engagement. Her responsibilities are across the entire business from egg to plate.

Linda serves on several boards and committees including the Tasmanian Seafood Industry Council, IMAS Research Advisory Council and Hobart‘s Business Sustainability Roundtable.

During her time at Tassal she has certified the entire company (14 marine sites and 26,000 metric tons of production), in partnership with WWF, to the Internationally recognized ASC (aquaculture stewardship council) standard, she has lead the company on a sustainability journey that has resulted in the last year, the company being named number one in the world for corporate and social responsibility; overtaking both Marine Harvest and Cermaq in the rankings.

Ms. Sams enjoys a strong working relationship with the major retailers and their senior staff, specifically in the area of certification, sustainability and corporate responsibility.

Immediately prior to her role in Tassal, Linda Sams was the CEO of the British Columbia Centre for Aquatic Health Sciences and previously worked for Marine Harvest Canada. Linda has strong international aquaculture networks in the areas of environmental management, fish health and performance research.

Linda’s formal education was focused on marine biology and environmental toxicology.  She has used these skills to develop new marine sites and major marine site amendments during her tenure at Tassal and Ms Sams works closely with all levels of government on related policy and regulation.

WEDNESDAY MORNING

Jon Grant – Dalhousie University

Title of Presentation: A historical perspective on Canadian Aquaculture Research: a View from the Trenches

Jon is the NSERC-Cooke Industrial Research Chair in Sustainable Aquaculture, a multi-year partnership with Cooke Aquaculture. He is a Professor of Oceanography at Dalhousie University, Canada’s premiere ocean institution. Trained as a benthic ecologist, he has a BSc from Duke University and PhD from the University of South Carolina. Jon has worked in aquaculture-environment interactions for more than 30 years, and authored well over 140 scientific papers. This work has led to rigorous development of ecosystem-based models and marine spatial planning applied to both finfish and shellfish aquaculture.

Sessions being planned (subject to change):

GENOMICS IN AQUACULTURE: STATUS AND OPPORTUNITIES

The goal of this session is to provide a forum both for the presentation of the latest results in developing and applying genomic tools for enhancing aquaculture production, and for discussing and implementing future small- and large-scale genomic studies. The session will include both traditional conference presentations and a less formal panel discussion/forum. Although a number of presentations will be by invitation, space will also be reserved in the program for unsolicited presentations, and to this end requests to include presentations related to any aspects of genomics in aquaculture are welcome.

AQUATIC ANIMAL HEALTH

Sustainable and profitable aquaculture relies on the health of cultured stocks. Private and public Canadian institutions have made large investments in aquatic animal health to research the challenges facing national and international farming communities. This session is designed to communicate the most recent science in aquatic animal health including advancements in epidemiology, vaccines and immunology, parasitology, virology, bacteriology, pathology, biosecurity and pharmacology. As well, speakers and specialists in the areas of Infectious Salmon Anemia, antimicrobial resistance and sea lice control are encouraged to contribute to this session.

BEST AQUACULTURE PRACTICES / CERTIFICATIONS

Third party certification standards are an integral part of food production systems and have become an important part of the aquaculture landscape. Once undertaken by producers to distinguish themselves in the marketplace, third-party certification has evolved into a requirement or rather the “cost of doing business”. Embraced by retailers and consumers, so called eco-certification has arisen through NGO’s, private companies, and even the retailers themselves. Although there was proliferation in earlier stages of development, several prominent third-party bodies have emerged to provide recognized standards. These standards emphasize a wide variety of compliance issues, but many deal with legality, social licensing including worker safety, antibiotic/chemical use and environmental compliance among other topics. Two aspects of the certification criteria: environmental impact and health management are of particular interest since although both of these components are part of government regulatory processes, the standards bodies have their own take on acceptable measures for both criteria. In this session, we seek papers that deal (a) how these criteria have been developed, (b), how they been applied in practice and/or evolved, and (c) new approaches to standards including zonal management. We welcome contributions on these topics, as well as others pertinent to Best Aquaculture Practices and Certification from standards organizations, NGO’s, regulators, and researchers on any type of cultured species, as well as from producers who have been through the certification process.

AQUACULTURE ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT

Interest in the interactions of aquaculture on coastal communities and ecological health continues to drive regulation, affecting both the growth of the industry and management of existing sites.  In Canada, provincial and federal regulators prescribe the methods used to measure these interactions.  Many techniques are available to evaluate the benthic health near an aquaculture site which include direct sediment monitoring (sediment chemistry, benthic/faunal indices and DNA barcoding), video surveillance, remote sensing, and data assimilated modeling; each subject to challenges and limitations.   Regardless of the method(s) employed to evaluate environmental effects from aquaculture practices, the results must be scientifically defensible and applicable to determine optimal mitigation.  This session will examine environmental management policies, environmental monitoring tools / techniques and current research in the management of environmentally sustainable aquaculture.

SEAWEED SYMPOSIUM

Seaweeds have been wild harvested and farmed for centuries as part of the seascape of coastal communities. Today, farmed seaweeds account for 27.3 million metric tonnes (wet weight) globally and are the largest group of maricultured organisms (second largest if considering both freshwater and marine aquaculture) on this planet. Seaweeds are used in a variety of applications including, but not limited to: food and feed products, ingredients, supplements, biopolymers, fine and bulk chemicals, agrichemicals, biostimulants, pharmaceuticals, cosmeceuticals, nutraceuticals, functional foods, biooils, botanicals, pigments, etc. They are increasingly being recognized as a food source containing essential nutrients with important health benefits. The ecosystem services provided by seaweeds are becoming more and more recognized, particularly through the development of Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture (IMTA) systems; they will next have to be valued and used as financial and regulatory incentive tools. This symposium will discuss global seaweed production from tropical to temperate regions, their uses in food and non-food applications, and the prospects for future growth of the industry. A panel of experts will be assembled to present their findings, and to discuss the future of the sector, focusing on the Canadian scene.

FISH NUTRITION AND FEEDS

This session will provide a forum for presenting the latest research in fish nutrition and feed management practices to improve and further develop the aquaculture industry in Canada. The development of novel ingredients and nutrient supply in formulation design and implementation of innovative feed management practices will be the Session focus.

Topics in this session may include:
•    Specialty feed ingredients (e.g. AA, immunostimulants, probiotics, pigments)
•    Alternative sources of omega-3
•    Novel protein sources (e.g. marine co-products including algae)
•    Improving Feed Conversion Ratio, texture and flesh quality of Atlantic Salmon through dietary optimization
•    Feed management and feeding innovations implemented in industry application.

INTEGRATED PEST MANAGEMENT IN AQUACULTURE

Appropriate control of aquatic animal disease, including parasitic pathogens, is a key component in the sustainable management of aquaculture. In a number of contexts, such as sea lice on salmon farms, the reliance on a limited set of chemical control options has led to the development of resistance to such control measures. This is not a problem that is unique to aquaculture, as the increased awareness of anti-microbial resistance issues worldwide in both production animals and human populations makes only too clear.

In this context there has been an increasing interest in, and practice of, Integrated Pest/pathogen Management (IPM) approaches within aquaculture. The notion of IPM encompasses a range of complementary approaches but has at its centre the integration of chemical, biological and management control strategies to provide more effective and sustainable control than would typically be achieved through the use of a single method. The most notable area of aquaculture to which this has been applied, perhaps due to the severity of the challenge, is almost certainly that of sea lice control on salmon farms. There is now substantial research in all major salmon producing regions to explore the integration of non-chemical approaches within a broad IPM strategy for sea lice control. Perhaps the most obvious manifestation of this has been the investment in research and production scale-up around so-called “cleaner fish”; species such as wrasse, lumpfish and, in Canada, cunners, which have the potential to act as biological controls on Atlantic salmon farms. However, other approaches including mechanical barriers, fresh or warm water baths, and increased periods of fallowing, as well as the most effective use of available chemotherapeutants through product rotation, synchronized treatment, etc., all form part of the modern IPM strategies being adopted.  IPM also relates to control of other pathogens such as ISAv in Eastern Canada, and IHNv, Kudoa thyrsites and possibly SRS in the Pacific.  Integrated management of these individual and in some cases co-infections are vital to healthy and sustainable aquaculture across Canada.

This session is intended to provide an opportunity to report on research and/or field experience in the use of a variety of IPM approaches. While sea lice on salmon farms will form a major focus, presentations on the application of integrated strategies for other aquatic species and pathogens are welcome as are contributions that provide an international perspective on these important health management issues.

MARINE AND FRESHWATER INTEGRATED MULTI-TROPHIC AQUACULTURE
This session will feature the latest research, development and commercialization in Marine Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture (MIMTA) and Freshwater Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture (FIMTA or aquaponics). Progress in the different extractive components of IMTA systems (dissolved inorganic nutrient absorbers, small particulate organic suspension feeders, large particulate organic deposit feeders, and mineralizing microbial components) will be presented. The IMTA concept, its many variations (including on land and in freshwater), who it is for, and what will be needed to see the emergence of this innovative practice in the western world will be debated. IMTA will also be discussed in the context of the need for enabling and flexible regulations instead of regulatory hurdles, inter-provincial harmonization, an integrated coastal area management (ICAM) strategy approach, the recognition and proper valuation of the ecosystem services provided by extractive species, and the development of nutrient trading credits used as financial and regulatory incentive tools. As aquaculture development in Canada will most certainly come from other species than salmon, diversification will not only be key to maintain its competitiveness, but the IMTA multi-crop diversification approach (fish, seaweeds and invertebrates) will also be examined as an economic risk mitigation and management option to address pending climate change and ocean acidification impacts.

AQUACULTURE PUBLIC PERCEPTIONS AND THE MEDIA

Aquaculture is often a hot topic industry in the media, with polarized viewpoints. This session will explore means of coping with negative press, being proactive and engaging audiences with good news stories and sharing communications strategies. We welcome contributions from those working in communications from academia, industry, government and other related organizations. A panel discussion will follow.

INDIGENOUS AQUACULTURE DEVELOPMENT

Growth of the aquaculture sector in Canada has experienced a deceleration in the last 10 years or more. However, in Canada’s Indigenous communities the interest for aquaculture is gradually gaining momentum. In the last 6 years several aquaculture related projects in First Nations have taken place thanks to the creation and implementation of dedicated funding programs that help leverage the start-up and operational costs. Most Indigenous communities interested in aquaculture are perfectly located and have the natural resources needed to develop successful projects but challenges still exist, particularly on matters related to access to sites and leases, capital, and experienced workforce. This session will present updates on existing projects that will be used as case studies for future development and it will also present the tremendous opportunities that currently exist for these communities.

FISH PHYSIOLOGY

Expansion of the global aquaculture industry is dependent on understanding and controlling a complex array of physiological processes that limit production of aquatic organisms. From gene expression to the whole organism level, we need to know more about how IT works! This session welcomes presentations from any and all facets of physiology that are relevant to improving the commercial viability of a species: respiration, osmoregulation, feeding and digestion, protein turnover, gonadal maturation, gamete quality, ontogenetic changes in form and function…and on! For this multi-disciplinary audience, context and application are more important than the fascinating detail.

ECOSYSTEM AND CARRYING CAPACITY MODELLING

Ecosystem and carrying capacity models are used extensively as support tools for decision making by both regulators and industry. These tools play a key role in the sustainable development of the aquaculture sector, both in enhancing decision making for business improvement, and in decision making for the sustainable development of shared aquatic resources. Ongoing work is focused on developing and/or refining relevant models at appropriate geospatial scales to improve their effectiveness as support tools. This work is identified as an area for international cooperation in the work plan to support the implementation of the Galway Statement on Atlantic Ocean Cooperation.

This session will examine the latest research/work that is ongoing in the areas of both ecosystem and carrying capacity modelling including topics such as:
•    Updates to the predictive depositional model DEPOMOD
•    Assimilative capacity modeling
•    Carrying capacity in oligotrophic areas
•    Multi-species carrying capacity models
•    Evaluating eutrophication mitigation
•    Phytoplankton depletion models – moving from farm to ecosystem level
•    Production carrying capacity modelling

FOOD SAFETY IN SHELLFISH PRODUCTION

Food safety concerns are of key importance to Canada’s cultured shellfish industry, which depends on a reputation of safe, high quality, fresh seafood.  The ongoing strength and dependability of the Canadian Shellfish Sanitation Program (CSSP) has helped establish this reputation.  This session will cover new and developing shellfish food safety issues and provide information for, and input from, regulators, researchers, and growers.  The session is intended to enable growers and stakeholder partners to address current and  future food safety concerns and avoid negative impacts.

CALL FOR PAPERS DEADLINE EXTENDED TO MARCH 17th

Contributed papers (oral or poster) are invited for presentation at Aquaculture Canada and Sea Farmers 2017. Any topic related to aquaculture will be considered.

All presenters are required to pay their own registration, accommodation and travel expenses.

Oral Presentations:
Oral presentations are limited to 20 minutes, including a 3-minute question period. Presentations must be in PowerPoint® and only computers provided by the conference can be used. Due to time constraints not all papers submitted for oral presentation may be accepted; in such cases, presenters will be given the alternative option of poster presentation.

Poster Presentations:
Poster board dimensions will be 90 cm wide (horizontal) x 100 cm high (vertical). Posters outside of these dimensions may be removed if blocking other posters. Poster presenters will be required to be in attendance with their poster during a designated poster session (TIME TO BE DETERMINED).
Abstract Guidelines for Contributed Papers (any submission that does not comply with these guidelines will be returned to author and/or rejected):

1.    Title of Paper: Type the title in CAPITAL LETTERS in bold font style (scientific names should be upper/lower case and italicized). Leave a blank line.
2.    Author(s): Type the name(s) of the author(s) with initial only of given name(s) followed by surname. Place an asterisk (*) after the name of the person presenting the paper and underline name in the case of a student who wishes to be considered for best oral or poster presentations. Use superscript numbers to indicate affiliation. Leave a blank line.
3.    Affiliation/ Address: Following the appropriate superscript, type the author(s) address(es). Include company/institution, city, province/state, country (if not Canada) and postal/zip code. An email contact may be provided for the presenting author. Leave a blank line.
4.    Maximum Length: Limit is 200 words
5.    Spacing: Single spaced in one paragraph
6.    Fonts and Margins Use 12 pt Times Roman font and set left/right margins to 2.5 cm on letter-sized paper (left justification).
7.    Save in Microsoft Word format. Use your last name and initial as the file name (e.g. smith_a.doc).
8.    Abstracts are to be sent directly via email to Joanne Burry, jmburry@nl.rogers.com

SAMPLE ABSTRACT
A. Student*1 and B. Someone2
1Centre for Aquaculture and Seafood Development, Marine Institute of Memorial University, P.O. Box 4920, St. John’s, NL  A1C 5R3
2Pacific Biological Station, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Nanaimo, BC V9R 5K6
An informative abstract contains a statement of the problem, study objectives, principal findings, and main conclusions.

On behalf of the Aquaculture Association of Canada and the Aquaculture Association of Nova Scotia, we invite you to exhibit and participate in the Aquaculture Canada and Sea Farmers 2017 Conference and Tradeshow, taking place at the World Trade and Convention Centre in Halifax, NS, from May 28 – 31, 2017.  Exhibiting at these events is an excellent opportunity to meet and network with the aquaculture industry and its support personnel.

All exhibitors are entitled to the following:
•    Two complimentary registrations (not including BBQ or gala tickets) Value: $650
•    8ft x 10ft space with a skirted table and 2 chairs and standard electrical supply
•    Display time from Sunday May 28 (set up 3-5 p.m.) to Wednesday May 31 (takedown  by 12 noon)
•    Business profile (max. 200 words) and logo in the program booklet
•    Scheduled visits/networking breaks held in conjunction with the tradeshow
•    One piece of promotional material (will be laid out on table in the registration desk  area, need minimum of 200 pieces)

Exhibition fees: $1200

Deadline to receive payment: May 15th, 2017

Download the Exhibitor Agreement, Exhibitor Registration, and Contract here. If you intend on exhibiting, please complete the Exhibitor’s Application and fax, mail or email the contract form to:

Aquaculture Association of Nova Scotia – Sea Farmers
2960 Oxford Street, Halifax, NS, B3L 2W4
Fax: 902-422-6248 or via email: executivedirector@seafarmers.ca or phone: 902-422-6234

For further information please contact Tom Smith
executivedirector@seafarmers.ca
902-422-6234

Great Social events have been organized as part of the conference program that will enhance your experience of conference. Meet old friends and new acquaintances, and relax and enjoy yourself at Aquaculture Canada and Sea Farmers 2017.

President’s Reception

Everyone is welcome at the first official event of ACSF17. Come and enjoy this informal event that kicks off the conference.

Time and Date: May 28, 2017, 7:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m.
Location: Halifax World Trade and Conference Centre
Cost: Complimentary for all Delegates

Dr. Joe Brown BBQ and Auction

The Dr. Joe Brown BBQ and Auction is a popular annual event in its own right, and raises funds for the AAC Student Endowment Fund. This is an important source of funds for student travel awards as well as the AAC Scholarship Program. The evening will be filled with good food and drink.

There are only 150 tickets available!

Time and Date: Monday May 29th
Location: Dalhousie University
Cost: $30

Poster Session

A designated poster session will be held so that all delegates have the opportunity to view poster presentations and talk to the presenters. There will be a cash bar

Time and Date: TBD
Location: Halifax World Trade and Conference Centre
Cost: Complimentary to all Delegates

The Gala Dinner

The ACSF17 Gala is not to be missed as the final event of the conference. Take one last chance to enjoy a sumptuous meal with friends and colleagues. The evening will include presentation of the AAC Lifetime Achievement Award and Student awards.

Time and Date: May 31, 2016, 7:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. (Cocktails at 7:00 p.m.) (time subject to change)
Location: Halifax World Trade and Conference Centre
Cost:  $75

Nova Scotia Seafood Night

Join AANS Sea Farmers on Tuesday evening (May 30) at “Lot Six Bar and Restaurant” for a celebration of the best in Nova Scotian farmed seafood. Sample products from all regions of Nova Scotia…………..  NS Mussels, Atlantic salmon, Rainbow Trout, fresh sea plant salad, and of course meet some of the Nova Scotia oyster farmers who are going to teach you how to shuck some of the best oysters in the world. Your ticket includes all of the seafood sampling, great Nova Scotia live music, and…. you’ve heard of a “Dark and Stormy”… well, try your complementary “Scotian Storm” cocktail on arrival, and of course a great opportunity to mix and mingle with colleagues from across the country.

There are only 150 tickets available!

Time and date: Tuesday May 30, 2017 (7pm -9pm)
Location: Lot Six Bar and Restaurant
Address: 1685 Argyle Street, Halifax , NS (it’s a block away from the WTCC)
Cost: $36 (plus HST)

PROMO CODE: seafarmers

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Aquaculture Canada and Sea Farmers 2017 Conference is a great opportunity for students to network with industry, government and academia. Take the centre stage and present your exciting research project. Join in the social events and meet the key industry players. Networking is an exhilarating path to future opportunities.

STUDENT VOLUNTEERS

Get involved! Have fun!
Become a volunteer!
Volunteers are needed for registration, audio visual and silent auction.

For more information, contact:

Bruno Gianasi, Chair, AAC Student Affairs Committee
E-mail: brunolg@mun.ca

Joanne Burry, ACSF17 Conference Manager
E-mail: jmburry@nl.rogers.com

STUDENT AWARDS

Students are an integral part of the annual meetings of the AAC and several sessions are devoted to student activities. For the past 30 years the AAC has provided assistance for students to attend the annual conference and has organized a competition for student presentations, both oral and poster. This year is no different!

Each year AAC awards up to three different types of Student Awards

1) Best student presentation (oral and poster)
2) Student scholarship
3) Student travel awards

This year we are instituting a new award for Best Proceedings contribution by a student. It will come with a monetary award after the papers are submitted for adjudication.

For a complete listing of all eligibility criteria and application requirements for the Student Awards please visit  http://www.aquacultureassociation.ca/awards

Applications should be sent to:
Tom Taylor, Chair, AAC Awards Committee
E-mail: awards@aquacultureassociation.ca
Applications must be received before March 17th , 2017.

Delegates must make their own hotel reservations.
Blocks of rooms have been reserved at special conference rates for the ACSF 2017 at Delta Halifax and will be held until April 27th , 2017 ONLY to qualify for the group rate. Limited rooms are available, so book early.

Reserve by using the online registration link

OR

Reserve through Marriott Reservations at 1(800) 268-1133, please reference Delta Halifax and Aquaculture Canada 2017.

DELTA room – $189.00 plus tax per night (single/double occupancy)

DELTA HARBOURVIEW  room – $214.00 plus tax per night (single/double occupancy)

PREMIER Room – $214.00 plus tax per night (single/double occupancy)