Improving Sustainability & Mitigating the Challenges of Aquaculture

Aquaculture — the farming of fish, shellfish and seaweeds — is a key industry on Canada’s east and west coasts that is critical to the global food supply given the increasing demand for seafood and the plateau in capture fisheries. This research will: 

  • develop sustainable and therapeutic diets for salmon
  • understand and mitigate the effects of pathogens and climate change on fish health and welfare
  • develop sustainable control measures for pathogens of fishes
  • lessen the impact of aquaculture on the environment and wild fish
  • further develop the production of emerging/alternative aquaculture species.

Principal investigator:

  • Matthew Rise, Department of Ocean Sciences, Memorial University of Newfoundland 

Research team:

  • Kurt Gamperl, Memorial University of Newfoundland 
  • Mark Fast, University of Prince Edward Island 
  • Javier Santander, Memorial University of Newfoundland
  • Ian Fleming, Memorial University of Newfoundland

OFI researchers awarded $4.4 million
Dr. Kurt Gamperl, a professor at Memorial University of Newfoundland and Dr. Mark Fast, an associate professor at the University of Prince Edward Island's Atlantic Veterinary College, were awarded $4.4 million to study methods to improve aquaculture production. Learn more …

 * Photo credit: Cold Ocean Salmon Inc.