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Canadian Aquaculture R&D Review 2017

Welcome to the seventh edition of the biennial Canadian Aquaculture R&D Review. The review is an ongoing compendium of the aquaculture research and development projects that have been underway over the past two years from all across Canada, whether they are undertaken by researchers from academia, government labs, or other research organisations. The review contains over 210 project descriptions detailing an impressive array of topics, disciplines, species, and geography. Projects include marine and freshwater species with topics ranging from finfish and shellfish health, seaweeds, production, husbandry technology, nutrition, integrated multi-trophic aquaculture, and environmental interactions to name a few.

This is the fourth issue of the review that has been produced by Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) in partnership with the Aquaculture Association of Canada (AAC). This partnership is highly relevant and mutually beneficial to our respective roles in the area of knowledge translation and mobilisation at both the AAC and DFO. This collaboration has allowed us to produce this 2017 edition as an AAC Special Publication, which is an accessible, electronic citation. Digital versions of this document are also available on both the DFO and AAC websites.

Aquaculture continues to be an important and growing sector of the seafood industry in Canada as well as globally. As aquaculture continues to grow, the role of science in supporting the sustainable management, regulation, and responsible development of this sector is more crucial than ever. This is coupled with the growing need for healthy and secure seafood products while ensuring that it occurs in an environmentally responsible manner.

The AAC wants to profile advances in aquaculture research in Canada and provide this information to its members for an expanded dialogue on present and future challenges and opportunities for the industry. As such, this publication falls within the AAC’s mandate of disseminating knowledge and further education and we hope it will be of interest to a wide audience. Likewise, DFO has a mandate to enable the sustainable development of Canada’s aquatic resources, including aquaculture, and to provide access to information on its scientific activities underway within the department and elsewhere in Canada. Publication of ongoing aquaculture research in the Canadian Aquaculture R&D Review contributes towards achieving our shared mandates and to reach out to the science community, interested stakeholders, and the public. Additionally, the publication serves to increase the understanding and breadth of scientific activities underway and to encouraging development of collaborations, synergies, and coordination of future activities. Communication and analysis of scientific knowledge is also increasingly pertinent in ensuring a robust evidence-based approach to decision making and regulation of the aquaculture industry, which contributes to improved social acceptability and confidence.

We would like to take the opportunity to recognize and thank several people who contributed significantly to the production of this Review. Dan McPhee (DFO) undertook the overall coordination of this project and was instrumental in seeing this project through to completion from beginning to end. Johannie Duhaime and Alex Tuen were also actively involved in various aspects of this project. We would also like to thank the AAC office staff (Catriona McLanaghan) and Publications Committee for their support.

G. Jay Parsons, PhD
Ecosystems and Oceans Science Sector
Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Tillmann Benfey, PhD
Aquaculture Association of Canada

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