Asia is the most important global market for aquaculture feeds and an increasingly important consumer of Canadian agricultural commodities, know-how and technologies. Given the complexity of the field, feed manufacturers require robust and highly flexible tools that could assist them in the formulation of cost-effective feeds for major aquaculture species across their life cycle.
The fishery for British Columbia's Sablefish (Anoplopoma fimbria) is one of Canada's most valuable marine fisheries. This project addresses the two primary strategic challenges currently facing this fishery: (1) lower harvest quotas aimed at rebuilding the spawning biomass to more productive levels risks the economic sustainability of the industry and (2) future access to fishing grounds could be in jeopardy without improved information about the ecological impacts of fishing on non-target species and seabed habitats.
The project is designed with the following objectives: Improving the statistical formulation for the recently developed stock assessment model for BC lakes so that it maybe fitted to more types of field data, e.g., stocking, gillnet test fishing and angling effort data, and applying it toimprove understanding of kokanee-rainbow trout interactions in lakes, assembling lake characteristics informationand quantifying the biological potential for kokanee production in BC stocked lakes, analysing creel informationand angler effort data to explore angler preferences across BC for targeted specie
The Skeena River near Prince Rupert is home to five species of salmon, steelhead and many other aquatic species, and draws diverse interests which include: federal and provincial governments, First Nations, commercial and recreational fishers, non-governmental environmental organizations, small businesses, and the public. Parties with diverse ecological, economic and cultural interests such as these present complex challenges that can impede collaborative fisheries management.
The objective of the proposed research is to develop a statistical analysis framework that provides a reliable profile of Nova Scotia’s white-tailed deer population based on deer related data sources. This project is to support improvements to deer management in Nova Scotia. Improved management and conservation of Nova Scotia’s most important big game species supports wildlife habitat conservation by NS DNR, but is also of importance to the forestry industry, and stakeholders such as the NS Federation of Anglers and Hunters, and the Fur Institute of Canada.
Aux Îles-de-la-Madeleine (Qc), les mytiliculteurs s’approvisionnent en jeunes moules (naissain) dans une lagune côtière, le Bassin du Havre-Aubert (BHA), car les stocks récoltés (captage) présentent une résistance particulière au stress, en lien avec une diversité génétique plus importante. Toutefois, face au manque d’espace disponible au BHA et à une variabilité interannuelle du succès de captage, cette industrie aquacole considère comme prioritaire l'évaluation du potentiel d’approvisionnement en naissain de moules performant et ce, à l’échelle de l’archipel.
Clearwater Seafoods Ltd. Partnership (Clearwater) is a global seafood company concerned with the long-term sustainability of marine resources. A number of Clearwater’s products are MSC certified. This is a voluntary program which involves verifying that the rigorous standards outlined in the federal fisheries regulations are being followed. Annual audits are conducted to ensure they are meeting these standards and the intern will assist in this process.
With recent annual landings values over $200 million, snow crab remains a dominant component of Newfoundland and Labrador fisheries and these snow crab stocks have recently been certified by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) as an initiative of the Association of Seafood Producers (ASP). MSC certification increases market value and access by the fishery; however, it also prescribes research and management milestones aimed at sustainability that must be met within a five year timeframe in order to maintain MSC certification.
Research on salmon in the Skeena River estuary in 2007 and 2013 quantified the abundance of different species of salmon in different locations of the estuary over time. These results indicate that the region where industrial development is proposed contained the highest abundances of Chinook and sockeye in both years surveyed, and coho in 2007.
The objective of the project is to test and optimize a novel stationary bed filter for removing fine waste solids from the water of recirculating aquaculture systems. The filter uses plastic media to intercept the waste solids. Beta prototypes of the filter have been installed at four hatcheries owned by Cooke Aquaculture Inc. in the provinces of New Brunswick and Newfoundland. The four prototypes operate at different water superficial velocities and use different plastic media. A major issue with all prototypes is a pulse of dirty water after each cleaning of the filter.