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Expanding the boundaries of fisheries research

The Aquaculture Centre provides students and researchers with over 8100 ft2 of well-equipped teaching laboratories and aquatic rearing facilities.

Reliable freshwater and seawater sources, along with modern mechanical systems, allow for precise environmental control, enabling work with a wide variety of species - from cold water marine fish and shellfish to tropical freshwater fish.

The Aquaculture Centre houses a teaching lab, a dry lab, two wet labs and an algal production lab.

Dr. Derek Anderson

Dr. Derek Anderson, Professor in Plant and Animal Science and the Aquaculture Program, is involved in a number of research projects involving fish and poultry. His research in the Aquaculture program is looking at the following areas:

  • amino acid requirements of Atlantic salmon
  • nutrient use by emerging species, such as winter flounder, cod, and sturgeon
  • nutritional studies evaluating feed ingredients for salmonid diets
  • substitution of camelina meal and oil for fish meal and oil in salmon diets

Dr. Jim Duston

Dr. Duston is a finfish specialist whose research into aquatic animals covers a wide range of issues. The following are just a few of the areas that Dr. Durston and his group have investigated:

  • non-visual feeding by larval striped bass
  • the effects of temperature and nitrate concentration on growth of halibut
  • the effects of temperature and salinity on the growth and survival of Shubenacadie River striped bass
  • how the life histories of Atlantic salmon are altered by winter temperature and summer rearing in fresh- or seawater
  • and various issues related to Arctic char

Dr. Sarah Stewart-Clark

Dr. Stewart-Clark’s research focuses on using genomic and transcriptomic data to assess shellfish health and evaluate the response of shellfish to environmental stressors. Dr. Stewart-Clark is also interested in using genetic information to annotate the oyster transcriptome and to increase our genetic understanding of the Eastern Oyster. Her innovative molecular biology and genomic expertise is assisting the shellfish aquaculture industry in Atlantic Canada in increasing its sustainability, production efficiency and high product quality for which the industry is world renowned. In a changing climate and a changing world, the mussel, oyster, clam and scallop farmers in Atlantic Canada need access to cutting edge research to overcome these new challenges and Dr. Stewart-Clark is proud to partner with industry members to do just that.

Dr. Stewart-Clark’s research program also focuses on using innovative molecular tools to develop novel diagnostic tools to monitor environmental water samples to facilitate early detection of aquatic invasive species invasions. By studying the DNA of these invasive species, she is also able to investigate species invasions to track source populations and to discover vectors which have transported invasive species to our region. Understanding where invasive species are coming from and how they are spread to our region are critical factors in ensuring that future invasions are minimized.

  • Aquaculture
  • Genetics
  • genomics
  • Invasive Species
  • Marine Biology
  • Molecular Phylogeography
  • Shellfish
  • Tunicates