The fourth Annual Scientific Conference, AquaNet IV, took place on October 19-22, 2004 at the Fairmont Le Château Frontenac, 1 rue des Carrieres, Québec City, Québec, G1R 4P5.

This year, AquaNet was collaborating with the Aquaculture Association of Canada (AAC) and held some joint events with Aquaculture Canada 2004, the AAC’s 21st Annual Meeting. Following the joint events, AquaNet held its scientific program based on its research program.

About 125 researchers, and members from industry, government and non-government organisations with an interest in aquaculture attended the annual scientific conference.
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AquaNet III

The Third Annual Science Conference of AquaNet, AquaNet III, was held October 25-28, 2003 at The Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre in downtown Vancouver, BC.

About 200 researchers, and members from industry, government and non-government organisations with an interest in aquaculture attended the annual scientific conference.

The conference was well received and met the delegates’ expectations. Participants appreciated the opportunity to network with other researchers and learn about the research AquaNet has been supporting. Students in particular appreciated the opportunity to present their research.

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AquaNet II

The second research conference and annual general meeting of AquaNet was held September 14 to 17, 2002 at the Delta Beauséjour in Moncton, New Brunswick.

Dr. Barry A. Costa-Pierce, Director of the Rhode Island Sea Grant College Program and Professor of Fisheries and Aquaculture, Department of Fisheries, Animal, and Veterinary Science at the University of Rhode Island, was the 2002 AquaNet Distinguished Lecturer. During his talk, Ecological Aquaculture: The Evolution of the Blue Revolution, Dr. Costa-Pierce discussed the need for aquaculture to evolve quickly and adopt an alternative model of the enterprise called “ecological aquaculture”, bringing not only the technical aspects of ecological principles and ecosystems thinking to aquaculture, but incorporating at the outset the wisdom of ecology, increased planning for community development, and concerns for the wider social, economic, and environmental contexts of aquaculture.

Eighty-five graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and research assistants took the opportunity to display posters outlining their research projects. Theme awards were presented, along with Industrial Partnership awards, for posters of research projects that demonstrated timely, relevant gains to the aquaculture industry.

AquaNet I

The inaugural research conference and annual general meeting of AquaNet, took place September 29 to October 2, 2001 in Halifax, Nova Scotia and brought together 240 Canadian and international delegates from the aquaculture community.

The theme for AquaNet I was Vision for the Future. This conference was the first time that the majority of the 218 research participants from the 39 research projects representing the three AquaNet research themes of Animal Production, Environmental Integrity and Social and Economic Aspects gathered together.

A total of 17 invited speakers made presentations to delegates representing a variety of sectors including the natural, applied and social sciences, the aquaculture industry, First Nations, provincial and federal governments, environmental and other agencies. Individuals from across Canada (St. John’s to Victoria) as well as from the United States, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Chile, France and The Faeroes attended. Two of the speakers included Dr. James Tidwell, President of the World Aquaculture Society, who gave the inaugural lecture of the AquaNet Distinguished Lectureship Series and Mr. Bob McDonald, host of CBC’s Quirks and Quarks, who was invited to speak during the Education Symposium.

Seventy-one graduate students and post-doctoral fellows took the opportunity to display posters outlining their research projects. Awards were presented to recognize the outstanding poster presentations.

In addition to the oral and poster presentations, and theme discussions, there were several social events, including an opening reception, a poster-judging social and a closing banquet featuring the presentation of poster awards and an entertaining photographic summary of the conference presented by AquaNet’s Scientific Director, Dr. William Driedzic.