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Challenges to Marine Aquaculture (AAC 2006)



The Aquaculture Association of Canada held a "Challenges to Marine Aquaculture" session at its annual conference - Aquaculture CanadaOM -in Halifax, Nova Scotia from November 19-22, 2006.

The coldwater marine environment in Canada poses several challenges to the aquaculture industry. As production expands in areas of limited space, methods such as polyculture are being studied to increase production density using multiple trophic levels. Coldwater temperatures pose a risk during overwintering and in northern latitudes, and can be mitigated with increased thermal tolerances and antifreeze proteins. Finally, new cage culture technologies such as open ocean aquaculture can increase fish performance through increased water circulation, provide larger production capacity (and lower density), and allow larger dispersion of aquaculture waste.

The goal of this session was to bring together leading researchers in these areas in the national forum of Aquaculture CanadaOM 2006 to increase awareness of their progress and facilitate collaboration. This collaboration accelerated the process of technology transfer and research commercialization, ultimately increasing scientific capacity for essential aquaculture research and development in the aquaculture sector.

Program Name

Aquaculture Collaborative Research and Development Program (ACRDP)


2006 - 2007



Principal Investigator(s)

Denise Méthé

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