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Cage Culture Environmental Forum II



The rainbow trout cage culture industry in Lake Huron grew at a modest but steady rate from the early 1980s until the late 1990s. Since then, there has been no further expansion of the industry, in large part due to the uncertainties of the effects of cage farms on the host environment. Efforts to address the shortfalls in scientific knowledge accelerated in the early 2000s and continue to the present. To begin to address some of the concerns of the public and regulatory community, the first Freshwater Cage Culture Environmental Forum was held in Sudbury in March 2006.

Three years later, the body of scientific research has progressed and regulatory approaches are evolving. We will bring together all parties again to present and discuss an emerging body of knowledge.

Workshop Objectives:

  1. To bring researchers, regulators, industry personnel, and public stakeholders together to openly disseminate and discuss up to date research results, concerns re the environmental sustainability of cage aquaculture in freshwater, and modernization of policy and regulatory approaches to the industry.
  2. To discuss how scientific research has influenced policy and regulatory modernization in other fields/jurisdictions, and how research can inform the evolution of regulatory approaches in Ontario.

Program Name

Aquaculture Collaborative Research and Development Program (ACRDP)


2009 - 2009


Central Canada: Great Lakes, St. Lawrence Freshwater Drainage Basin

Principal Investigator(s)

Cheryl Podemski

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