2005 Aquaculture Conference Summary

March 4-6, 2005, St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, NS

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Cyr Couturier (APICS Aquaculture Cttee Judging Coordinator) | Sarah Piercy | Terralynn Lander | Rémi Sonier | Stephanie Howes | Jeff Piercey | Alexandre Garcia
Photo courtesy Dr Tillmann Benfey, UNB

The 15th Atlantic Universities Aquaculture Conference (AUAC) was held recently at the St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, NS, 4-6 March 2005. The conference is the only eastern Canadian forum dedicated to student research presentations focusing on innovative and applied aquaculture science, and was well attended by all Atlantic province institutions of higher learning. The conference is sponsored by the Atlantic Provinces Council for the Sciences and organized by the APICS Aquaculture Committee.

01Two aquaculture keynote presentations were made to the entire biology undergraduate and aquaculture conferences of 175 people. The industry keynote was given by Mac Campbell on “Aquaculture versus its detractors! Who will win the debate?”. Mac provided a stimulating and thought provoking overview of anti-aquaculture propaganda and the role science may have to play in future communications. The second keynote was by Dr Thierry Chopin of UNBSJ who presented a comprehensive and entertaining paper entitled “Towards diversification, sustainability and acceptability: an overview of the AquaNet integrated multi-trophic aquaculture project in the Bay of Fundy, NB”.

Awards were presented for the best undergraduate and graduate student presentations as follows:

Undergraduate students

1st place – NSERC / DFO Award

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Sarah Piercy of UNB

Circulating erythrocytes in triploid brook trout Salvelinus fontinalis

2nd place – Corey Feed Mills / NSERC Award

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Stephanie Howes of DAL

Recruitment, settlement, and mitigation of the tunicate Ciona intestinalis on a mussel farm in Nova Scotia, Canada

Graduate students

1st place – Aqua Health-Novartis / AquaNet Award

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Terralynn Lander of UNBSJ

Dynamics of the blue mussel (Mytilus edulis) as an extractive organic species in integrated aquaculture systems in the Bay of Fundy, New Brunswick

Terralynn was also awarded the Award for Best Overall Paper at the AUAC 2005

2nd place – Stolt Sea Farm / AquaNet Award

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Alexandre Sachsida Garcia of MUN

Effect of different live-food enrichment protocols on early growth and lipid composition of Atlantic cod larvae (Gadus morhua)

3rd place (tie) – Skretting / AquaNet Award

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Jeff Piercey of UNB

The role of blue mussel (Mytilus edulis), kelp (Laminaria saccharina) and biofouling on the dissolved oxygen budget of integrated multi-trophic aquaculture

3rd place (tie) – Valox / AquaNet Award

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Rémi Sonier of UdeM

Fecal coliform distribution in four compartments: water, sediments, suspension and bottom cultured oysters (Crassostrea virginica) from a conditional shellfish harvesting area

The APICS Aquaculture Committee wishes to thank their sponsors (AquaNet, DFO, Aqua Health-Novartis, Stolt Sea Farm, NSERC, Corey Feed Mills, Skretting), the students, and faculty for making this year’s conference a success.

Photo of industry keynote Mac Campbell speaking to about 175 delegates courtesy Cyr Couturier, MUN.