The largest aquaculture conference and trade show in recent Canadian history is taking place at the Delta Hotel in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador September 18-21.
This year’s national conference themed “Aquaculture – Leading Sustainable Food Production” is a joint venture between The Newfoundland Aquaculture Industry Association (NAIA) and the Aquaculture Association of Canada (AAC). This isn’t the first time the two organizations have co-hosted conferences but this year will be the largest with more than 450 attendees, representing more than 30 countries.
This year’s program features more than 100 speakers discussing issues related to food security, sustainability, aquatic health, coastal management, labour market, science and technology in the aquaculture industry; regionally, nationally and internationally.
Guest speakers include representatives of industry and government, scientists and innovators spanning more than a dozen countries such as Canada, United States, Norway, Ireland, Scotland, India, Bolivia, and Pakistan.
In recognition of the conference and accomplishments of the aquaculture industry in Newfoundland and Labrador, the Minister of Fisheries, Forestry and Agrifoods Honourable Steve Crocker has proclaimed September 17 – 25 Aquaculture Week.
Also scheduled to occur at this conference is the official release of the Senate Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans report “An Ocean of Opportunities – Aquaculture in Canada”. The Standing Senate Committee on Fisheries and Oceans began its study on aquaculture in January 2014 with the purpose of examining and reporting on the regulation of aquaculture, current challenges and future prospects for the industry in Canada. The current Chairperson of the Senate Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans is Senator Fabian Manning and the Co-chair is Senator Elizabeth Hubley.