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Aquaculture Canada and WAS North America 2022 rescheduled to August 15-18, 2022

The Aquaculture Canada and WAS North America 2022 conference (a partnership of the Aquaculture Association of Canada (AAC), World Aquaculture Society (WAS) and the Newfoundland Aquaculture Industry Association (NAIA)) will be rescheduled to August 15-18, 2022, at the St. John’s Convention Centre, St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador.

As we know, the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has impacted all events and travel planning globally. The health, safety and well-being of attendees is paramount in any decisions made by the Steering Committee. The health protection guidance in many countries has restricted global travel and has halted large scale public events.

Please note that all originally planned events and sessions for the conference will proceed as planned with exception of the dates. This meeting will still also represent the 2021 annual meetings of the AAC and NAIA. Submitted abstracts to date will continue to be processed by the Program Committee and all registrations will continue to be valid. The abstract deadline will be changed to April 2, 2021.

Booth bookings will continue to be acknowledged. Conference management will send you the updated manual and all other information.

If you have made accommodation arrangements, it is recommended that you follow up with your hotel directly regarding cancellations. Hotel room bookings will not be rolled over to 2021. Please continue to follow the conference website for new hotel booking information.

Information regarding commercial exhibitor, sponsor, participants and visitors’ registrations can be found at www.was.org.

For more information:


John Cooksey
Executive Director
WAS 1-760-751-5005


Joanne Burry
Conference Manager


Mark Lane
Executive Director NAIA
Mobile: (709) 689 8536

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


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

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

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

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

Register for free today!

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

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

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

the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. 

Aquaculture Canada & WAS North America 2020

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

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



Professional Development Courses – Vancouver Island University

NRFH 001 Level 1: Introduction to Basic Fish Health


Jun 10 2019 to Jun 14 2019


Nanaimo, BC


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


Jun 17 2019 to Jun 21 2019


Nanaimo, BC


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


Jun 24 2019 to Jun 28 2019


Nanaimo, BC


NRSH 001 Vibrio parahaemolyticus (Vp) Awareness (online)       


Jul 26 2018 to Jul 26 2019



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

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

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

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

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

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

PEI Aquaculture Alliance Conference

Estuarine Environmental Health and Shellfish Aquaculture Conference

March 27-28th at the Rodd Charlottetown

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

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

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

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


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

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

Call for Nominations to the AAC Board of Directors

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Call for Nominations to the AAC Board of Directors

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nominations for the 2019 AAC Research Award of Excellence

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

Aquaculture Association of Canada