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2019 Research Award of Excellence – Dr. Simon Jones

The AAC Research Award of Excellence recognises high quality, innovative and current research that

has had a significant impact on the aquaculture industry in Canada.


Dr. Simon Jones Fisheries and Oceans Canada


Simon completed his B.Sc. in Marine Biology and went on to obtain his M.Sc.

and Ph.D. in aquatic parasitology from the University of Guelph. He took up an

NSERC-funded postdoctoral fellowship at Wageningen University in the Netherlands

where he studied fish immunology. This led to an NSERC industrial fellowship

in Charlottetown, where he spent 8 years researching the development

of commercial vaccines for use in salmon aquaculture against piscirickettsiosis,

infectious salmon anaemia and cold water vibriosis, among others. In 2000, Jones

accepted a research scientist position with DFO at the Pacific Biological Station in

Nanaimo where he now leads the Marine Parasitology Program. This research program

is highly collaborative with strong links to industry and academia, in Canada

and overseas. Dr. Jones’ diverse background and research interests are reflected

in the areas on which the program focuses: pathogen diversity, host interactions

and disease mitigation. Currently, he is interested in disentangling the roles of

environmental, host and infectious factors in the occurrence of proliferative gill

disease, which is emergent and of considerable significance to marine cultured

salmon in BC. His long-term interest in salmon lice seeks to better understand

mechanisms underlying the highly variable susceptibility to sea lice among species

of Pacific salmon and the significance of the threespine stickleback to the ecology

of salmon lice in Western Canada. In addition, he plays a central role in an ongoing

effort to advise the Federal Government on the likelihood and consequences of

risks to wild salmon in BC posed by infection and disease in marine-reared Atlantic



In addition to the management of a research program, Dr. Jones is past chair and

current member of the ICES Working Group on Pathology and Diseases of Marine

Organisms, which provides annual advice to ICES member countries on diseases

of note in wild and farmed finfish and shellfish. Simon also serves as the Canadian

Branch Officer for the European Association of Fish Pathologists. He is a member

of the editorial board of the Journal of Fish Diseases and the Bulletin of the EAFP

and is adjunct faculty at the University of Victoria and Vancouver Island University.

In his spare time, Simon dabbles in wine making, highland bagpiping and general


Research Award Recipient 2017: Dr. Réjean Tremblay

Réjean Tremblay is professor in aquaculture at the lnstitut des sciences de la mer
(Université du Québec à Rimouski) since 7999. He is involved in several research
projects with the training of 40 MSc and PhD students working presently in the
production and the management of aquatic resources. He is co-author of 118 scientific
papers and 47 technical reports. By his participation in the administrative council of
several organizations, his experience also includes development of fish and shellfish
farming and government services. He has a biology BSc from UQAC, an oceanography
MSc from UQAR and a biology PhD from Université Laval. He’s a specialist in
ecophysiology applied to aquaculture in shellfish and fish farming and also in lobster
enhancement. His laboratory participates each year in the AAC meeting by several
presentations. He is an active advocate of communication between researchers and
industry to develop strong scientific quality research programs oriented to technological

Réjean Tremblay est professeur en aquaculture à l’lnstitut des sciences de la mer
(Université du Québec d Rimouski), depuis 1999. Il a été impliqué dans plusieurs projets
de recherche intégrant la formation jusqu’à maintenant de 40 étudiants MSc et PhD, qui
travaillent dans la production et la gestion des ressources aquatiques. ll est coauteur de
118 articles scientifiques et 41 rapports techniques. En participant à différents conseils
d’administration, il est impliqué également directement dans le développement des
fermes aquacoles et le service gouvernemental. ll a un BSc en biologie de I’UQAC, une
MSc en océanographie de I’UQAR et un PhD en biologie de l’Université Laval avec une
spécialité en écophysiologie appliquée à l’aquaculture des bivalves et des poissons, mais
également sur l’ensemencement du homard. ll croit fortement à la communication entre
chercheurs et aquaculteurs afin de développer des programmes de recherche de grande
qualité scientifique ayant un fort potentiel de transfert technologique.

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.

Research Award Co-Recipients 2009: Dr. Thierry Chopin & Dr. Shawn Robinson

The 2009 Research Award of Excellence goes to Drs. Thierry Chopin and Shawn Robinson, in recognition of their contributions to taking the concept of Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture (IMTA) from the ‘proof stage’ to the realm of commercial production with the help of their interdisciplinary team and industry partners. They realized that most of the challenges that would accompany large-scale IMTA development could not be thoroughly anticipated or studied in the laboratory or with pilot-scale projects and, consequently, emphasized the need for scientific research and commercial IMTA to develop together. This is what is now occurring, and to date no ‘deal breakers’ for the adoption of commercial IMTA have been identified. Their IMTA research has truly been an aquaculture good news story, with few aquaculture research projects having generated such international interest in mainstream and environmental non governmental organization (ENGO) media, including a National Geographic documentary.
Dr. Chopin was born and educated in France, where he obtained his Doctorate from the University of Western Brittany in 1985. He moved to Canada in 1989 and is now a Professor of Marine Biology at the University of New Brunswick in Saint John. He is Past President of the Phycological Society of America (2004) and of the Aquaculture Association of Canada (2004-05), and current President of the International Seaweed Association (2007-10).
Dr. Robinson was born in British Columbia and educated on both the east and west coasts, obtaining his PhD in 1988 at the University of British Columbia. He began his career with Fisheries and Oceans Canada as a research scientist at the Biological Station in St. Andrews, New Brunswick, in 1988. He is also a Past President of the Aquaculture Association of Canada (2002-03).

Dr. Chopin was originally an ecophysiologist and biochemist working on the relationship between nutrients (phosphorus and nitrogen) and the production of phycocolloids in seaweeds of commercial value, both in controlled culture conditions and natural beds. Dr. Robinson was an invertebrate ecologist interested in applying ecological principles to the harvest and culture of commercial species (scallops, clams and sea urchins) so that more efficient and sustainable commercial practices could be developed. They became interested in aquaculture in the late 1990’s when they realized that the significant amount of inorganic nutrients and organic particles generated by fed finfish (salmon) aquaculture could be used to enhance the cultivation of extractive species, such as seaweeds (kelps and dulse) and invertebrates (suspension feeders such as mussels, and deposit feeders such as sea urchins, sea cucumbers and polychaetes), through the development of IMTA systems.
In 2000, Drs. Chopin and Robinson assembled an inter-disciplinary team to investigate the different, complex and inter-related aspects of IMTA. This team included natural and socioeconomic scientists and graduate students from the University of New Brunswick and the St. Andrews Biological Station, industrial partners (Heritage Salmon Ltd. and now Cooke Aquaculture Inc., Acadian Seaplants Limited and Ocean Nutrition Canada) and federal and provincial agencies (Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Canadian Food Inspection Agency, New Brunswick Agriculture, Fisheries and Aquaculture, Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) and New Brunswick Innovation Foundation). They were funded from 2001 to 2006 by AquaNet, Canada’s Network of Centres of Excellence for Aquaculture, which allowed them to make excellent progress in R&D due to the dedication of the team members and their interdisciplinary approach. Since 2006, the project has expanded from R&D to C (commercialization) with the support of ACOA’s Atlantic Innovation Fund and industrial partners Cooke Aquaculture Inc. and Acadian Seaplants Limited. In 2008, Drs. Chopin and Robinson, now recognized as world leaders in the development of IMTA, were among the key players in the creation of the Canadian IMTA Network (CIMTAN), which became a reality in 2009. This pan-Canadian academic/government/industry partnership will provide the interdisciplinary R&D and the training of highly qualified personnel needed for the commercialization of IMTA in Canada, with a focus on 1) ecological design, ecosystem interactions and biomitigation efficiencies, 2) system innovation and engineering, 3) economic viability and societal acceptance, and 4) regulatory science.
Le Prix d’Excellence en Recherche pour 2009 est attribué aux Drs Thierry Chopin et Shawn Robinson en reconnaissance de leurs contributions pour avoir mené le concept d’Aquaculture Intégrée Multi-Trophique (AIMT) du stade de la démonstration jusqu’à l’orée de la production commerciale avec l’aide de leur équipe inter-disciplinaire et de leurs partenaires industriels. Ils ont compris que la plupart des défis accompagnant le développement à grande échelle de l’AIMT ne pourraient pas être totalement anticipés ou étudiés ni au laboratoire ni à l’échelle pilote et, en conséquence, ils ont toujours insisté pour que la recherche scientifique et l’AIMT au niveau commercial soient développées ensemble. C’est ce qui est en train de se passer et jusqu’à maintenant aucun frein à l’adoption de l’AIMT commerciale n’a été identifié. Leur recherche sur l’AIMT est vraiment une nouvelle positive pour l’aquaculture et peu de projets de recherche en aquaculture ont généré autant d’intérêt dans les médias grand public et des organisations environnementales non gouvernementales, incluant un documentaire tourné par la National Geographic.

Le Dr. Chopin est né et a fait ses études en France, ou il a obtenu en 1985 son Doctorat à l’Université de Bretagne Occidentale. Il s’est installé au Canada en 1989 et est actuellement Professeur de Biologie Marine à l’Université du Nouveau Brunswick à Saint John. Il a été Président de la Société Phycologique d’Amérique (2004) et de l’Association Aquacole du Canada (2004-05) et est l’actuel Président de l’Association Internationale des Algues (2007-10).
Le Dr. Shawn Robinson est né en Colombie Britannique et a fait ses études aussi bien sur les côtes est et carrière avec Pêches et Océans Canada comme chercheur à la Station Biologique de St. Andrews, Nouveau Brunswick, en 1988. Il est aussi Ancien Président de l’Association Aquacole du Canada (2002-03).
Le Dr Chopin était à l’origine un écophysiologiste et biochimiste travaillant sur la relation entre sels nutritifs (le phosphore et l’azote) et la production des phycocolloïdes chez les algues à valeur commerciale, aussi bien en conditions de culture contrôlées que dans les champs naturels en mer.
Le Dr Robinson était un écologiste des invertébrés intéressé par l’application des principes écologiques à la pêche et la culture d’espèces commerciales (les pétoncles, palourdes et oursins) afin que des méthodes commerciales plus efficaces et durables soient développées. Ils se sont intéressés à l’aquaculture à la fin des années 90 quand ils ont réalisé que la quantité importante de sels nutritifs inorganiques et de particules organiques générée par l’aquaculture de nourrissage des poissons (le saumon) pouvait être utilisée pour accroître la culture d’espèces d’extraction, comme les algues (les laminaires et dulse) et les invertébrés (se nourrissant des particules en suspension comme les moules ou des particules sur le fond comme les oursins, les concombres de mer et les polychètes), par le développement de systèmes d’AIMT.
En 2000, les Drs Chopin et Robinson ont mis en place une équipe inter-disciplinaire pour étudier les différents aspects, complexes et reliés, de l’AIMT. Cette équipe était composée de chercheurs des sciences naturelles et socio-économiques et d’étudiants en thèse de l’Université du Nouveau Brunswick et de la Station Biologique de St. Andrews, de partenaires industriels (Heritage Salmon Ltd. et maintenant Cooke Aquaculture Inc., Acadian Seaplants Limited et Ocean Nutrition Canada) et d’agences fédérales et provinciales (Pêches et Océans Canada, l’Agence Canadienne d’Inspection des Aliments, le Ministère de l’Agriculture, des Pêches et de l’Aquaculture du Nouveau Brunswick, l’Agence de Promotion Economique du Canada Atlantique (APECA) et la Fondation de l’Innovation du Nouveau Brunswick). Ils ont été supportés de 2001 à 2006 par AquaNet, le Réseau de Centres d’Excellence en Aquaculture du Canada, ce qui leur a permis de faire d’excellents progrès en R&D attribuables au dévouement des membres de l’équipe et à leur approche inter-disciplinaire. Depuis 2006, le projet s’est étendu de la R&D à la C (commercialisation) avec le soutien du Fonds d’Innovation de l’Atlantique de l’APECA et des partenaires industriels Cooke Aquaculture Inc. et Acadian Seaplants Limited. En 2008, les Drs. Chopin et Robinson, maintenant reconnus comme leaders internationaux dans le développement de l’AIMT, étaient parmi les principaux acteurs pour la création du Réseau Canadien de l’AIMT (RCAIMT), qui est devenu une réalité en 2009. Ce partenariat pan-canadien entre des institutions universitaires et gouvernementales et des partenaires industriels va mettre en place la R&D inter disciplinaire et la formation de personnes hautement qualifiées necessaries pour la commercialisation de l’AIMT au Canada en se concentrant sur 1) le design écologique, les interactions écosystèmiques et les rendements en biomitigation, 2) les innovations des systèmes et de l’ingénierie, 3) la viabilité économique et l’acceptation sociétale, et 4) la science en support des réglementations.

Research Award Recipient 2007: Prof. Richard D. Moccia

Professor Richard Moccia currently holds research and senior management cross-appointments at the University of Guelph, where he has been employed since 1987. He is the Associate Vice-President of Research (Agrifood and
Partnerships), as well as Director of the university’s Aquaculture Centre and the Alma Aquaculture Research Station
– both centres of excellence dedicated to the development of aquaculture science and technology. Rich also holds a
faculty appointment as a Professor of Aquatic Science in the Department of Animal and Poultry Sciences and is the
Chair of the MSc Aquaculture Program. Professor Moccia has been an enthusiastic member of the Canadian aquaculture sector for nearly 30 years. His career activities have always had a strong focus in research, as well as in education and extension service, in various capacities within the aquatics and fisheries sectors in Canada. Rich is a very student-centred educator, and has advised 32 students in either MSc or PhD programs, and has participated in the committees of over 100 other graduate students. His research career began in the mid-1970s, examining thyroid goiter and neoplasia in Great Lakes fish, using fish and birds as biological sentinels of ecosystem effects and environmental degradation. Rich’s more recent research has been directed at industry related problems and he has dedicated himself primarily to applied studies related to the enhancement of the commercial success of the fish farming industry. These studies are highly varied and span such areas as: applied nutrition, aquatic and fish health, ecotoxicology, environmental impact assessment, reproductive and growth physiology and animal welfare studies related to captive aquatic livestock. Professor Moccia has published widely in journals such as Science, Cancer Research, Journal of Wildlife Disease, Aquaculture, Aquaculture Nutrition, Aquaculture Research, Fish and Fisheries, Environmental Biology of Fishes and many others. Prior to his university career, Rich was President of the Ontario Aquaculture Association, as well as Research Director and Vice-president of an aquaculture technology and fish production company which he co-founded. He also established and ran a private consulting company, which was dedicated to helping farmers with fish health and water quality issues. Rich Moccia was also a founding member of two private sector, national aquaculture lobbying groups, including the predecessor to CAIA, and was instrumental in helping to position the industry within the government’s mandate during the early years of the industry’s commercial development in Canada. Professor Moccia is also the holder of a Distinguish Professorial Teaching Award (2002) and a Distinguished Extension Service Award (2004). In his spare time he is an avid hockey player, scuba diver, hiker and coach of minor league sports.

Research Award Recipient 2006: Dr. David A. Higgs

Since August 1975, Dr. Higgs as head of the DFO Fish Nutrition Program based at the West Vancouver Laboratory (presently the DFO/UBC Centre for Aquaculture and Environmental Research), has conducted collaborative projects within DFO and with universities (professors and graduate students) and/or industry that have been directed primarily to (1) improving the cost effectiveness of hatchery and mariculture operations, (2) minimizing organic matter, nitrogen and phosphorus discharge from salmon farms into the environment, and (3) enhancing the flesh quality or consumer acceptance of market-size salmon and sablefish. Major study areas modifying the foregoing goals have included: nutrient and energy requirements; feedstuff digestibility; improvement of fish meal quality; alternate protein, lipid and carotenoid pigment sources to expensive premium quality fish meal and oil and synthetic astaxanthin, respectively; comparisons of the nutrient profiles of farmed and wild BC sources of salmon; development of nutritional strategies to reduce flesh organohalogen concentrations and enhance (n-3) highly unsaturated fatty acid levels for potential human health benefits; nutrition-disease interactions; exercise-nutritional status interactions; nutrition-endocrine interactions; nutrition of non-transgenic versus transgenic salmon; and assessment of the potential nutritive values of salmon prey species and of the energy expenditures of wild Pacific salmon undergoing their spawning migration.

Research Award Recipient 2005: Dr. John Castell

Dr. Castell is Scientist Emeritus at the St. Andrews Biological Station of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans. Born April 19, 1943 in Guelph Ontario where his Father taught at OAC, he completed his BSc (Hon’s) in Biochemistry at the Dalhousie University in 1964. He was Dr. Robert G. Ackman’s first graduate student completing his MSc in Lipid Chemistry at Dalhousie University September 1965. He completed his PhD in Food Science and Technology from Oregon State University in 1970. His Postdoctoral Fellowship was spent under Dr. Orvill Privitt at the Hormell institute at the University of Minnesota. He joined DFO ‘s Halifax Fisheries Research Laboratory in December of 1970 as a Research Scientist. He served as Head of the Disease and Nutrition Section from 1983 to 1988. His research has involved studies of a wide variety of aquatic organisms including both North American lobsters (Homarus americanus) and spiny lobsters (Panulirus argus) in Cuba, rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss), Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar), Chinese shrimp (Penaeus chinensis), American and European oysters (Crassostrea virginicus and Ostrea edulis), European crayfish (Asticus asticus), just to name a few of the species. This research would not have been possible without the efforts of many undergraduate, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and colleagues at DFO, Dalhousie University, University of Moncton, the Agricultural College of Nova Scotia, the Nova Scotia Technical College, Memorial University of Newfoundland, the University of New Hampshire, the University of Maine at Orono and the University of New Brunswick the aquaculture industry and research institutes around the world. Dr Castell served on the Editorial Advisory Board Associate Editor for Journal of the World Aquaculture Society 1983-1986, Member of Editorial Advisory Board for Aquaculture 1984-1992, Associate Editor for the Journal of Aquariculture 1979-Present, and Associate Editor for Journal of Tropical Aquaculture 1985-present. Dr. Castell was instrumental in the establishment of the International Working Group on Crustacean nutrition and served as Editor of Crustacean Nutrition Newsletter 1983-1992. He has served on the Board of Directors of World Aquaculture Society from 1984 until 1991, including a term as president 1989 to1990. He served on several ICES Working Groups and chaired the ICES Working Group on Marine Fish Culture from 1999 until retirement in 2002. Appointed to U.S. National Academy of Science, National Research Council, Committee on Animal Nutrition, Subcommittee on Warmwater Fish” 1981-83. He serves as an Adjunct Professor at Dalhousie University, the Nova Scotia Agricultural College and University of New Brunswick and founded Castell Aquaculture Nutrition Consulting in 2004. Dr Castell was appointed Canadian Consultant to International Development Research Centre’s (IDRC) Cuba (Langosta) Project 1982-1985. This was a three year cooperative international assistance project to improve live holding and processing of the spiny lobster in Cuba. He was Canadian Consultant to IDRC’s China (Penaeus chinensis) Project 1986-1991 He is also a volunteer advisor with Canadian Executive Services Organization and has been involved in aquaculture projects in China 2001 and Panama 2003.

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