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SEALab Workshop: (Developing a national implementation strategy for Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture (IMTA) under the Canada SEA-Lab Initiative)



This workshop is part of an overall communications program, known as SEALab, to foster and develop the policies and direction of the IMTA program in Canada. In March 2007, the inaugural national meeting was held in Ottawa in order to discuss the progress of IMTA research in Canada and to review the policies that could potentially impact on this concept. A review of the current status of the IMTA program was summarized from a scientific view and a document summarizing the potential conflicts with existing government policies was commissioned by the Aquaculture Management Directorate of DFO. The goal of the Canada SEA-Lab Initiative, was to create a series of regional and national meetings across the country in order to disseminate the information generated in the IMTA program to people directly involved in the industry as well as those involved generally in the aquaculture sector such as government managers, academics from universities, environmental NGO's and the general public. In addition, it was also proposed to begin to develop policies for this concept within this group. Initially, it was envisioned there would be three meetings a year; one on the east coast, one on the west coast and one in the nation's capital. However, funding pressures with the Aquaculture Management Directorate resulted in a lapse of funding to the Canada SEA-Lab Initiative and as a result meetings are now being rescheduled to be held once a year. This workshop is proposed to be the second Canada SEA-Lab meeting and will be held on the west coast for 2008.

Program Name

Aquaculture Collaborative Research and Development Program (ACRDP)


2008 - 2008



Principal Investigator(s)

Jerry Corriveau

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