The aquaculture industry is growing rapidly worldwide and provides job opportunities as well as food for humans. However, diseases that are bacterial or viral, having a devastating effect on this sector. Every year huge economic losses are occurring due to bacterial diseases. Though there are several commercial vaccines available on the market, their efficacy is still questionable.
Research will involve capturing of commercially valuable wild fish species aggregated around sea cage aquaculture sites in different parts of Newfoundland, including one previously sampled. These specimens will then have samples taken that will be evaluated for an ‘aquaculture signature’ that would indicate direct or indirect consumption of sea cage feed and waste that becomes available to the local environment.
This research project involves the development of signal processing techniques in order to analyze the integrity of blood specimen during blood sample transport in hospitals using the pneumatic tube system.
This is a community focused two-year pilot project which brings together community leaders, the public, Memorial University, and Government Researchers to control the impact Green Crab have on the lobster and the environment in Fortune Bay.
In partnership with the First Nations Fisheries Legacy Fund and their partner First Nations, Katzie, Kwantlen, Kwikwetlem, Musqueam, Tsleil-Waututh, and Tsawwassen, the proposed interns aim to develop a framework of aquatic health indicators that are identified and shaped by cultural values and priorities laid out by the involved First Nations in the Lower Fraser River Region.
The transient killer whales that feed on other marine mammals in British Columbia waters (also known as Bigg’s killer whales) range from Alaska to California. However, relatively little is known about their life histories, including whether they belong to separate populations. We will determine the population structure of west coast transient killer whales (California to Alaska) based on photo id’s, locations of sightings, associations between individuals, and documented feeding behaviours.
The Nova Scotia Municipality of Argyle is exploring the potential of establishing the province’s first shellfish Aquaculture Development Area (ADA) in Lobster Bay. If an ADA is approved, individual site and lease applications benefit from an expedited licensing process. Spatial marine planning is required for ADA approval and must consider oceanographic data, ecological data, and stakeholder interests. Data that exist are often housed in multiple platforms. Extensive collection, consolidation and assessment is required to identify data gaps.
Tidal energy takes advantage of water movement due to tides. To extract this energy from places like the Bay of Fundy (NS), turbines similar to a wind turbine but smaller are installed directly under water, not needing a dam. To design the turbines, engineers need to know how the water moves. On the other hand, we need to know how extracting this energy affects the environment.
The Atlantic salmon aquaculture industry is becoming a strategic economic sector for Canada. Aquaculture in Canada employs approximately 25,000 people with a total economic impact of over $5B. While farmed salmon is already Canada’s top aquaculture export, salmon aquaculture has significant capacity for growth in this country. Atlantic salmon farmed in sea cages on the Canadian coasts face multiple environmental stressors that can impair their growth performance and immune status.