Brian Dixon receives 2013 NSERC Synergy Award for Innovation

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Prof. Brian Dixon with Governor General David JohnstonBiology Professor Brian Dixon, Canada Research Chair in Fish and Environmental Immunology, was awarded the 2013 NSERC Synergy Award for Innovation as part of a multidisciplinary research team together with Yellow Island Aquaculture, Ltd.

Their 20-year collaboration has resulted in improved techniques for rearing salmon, allowing Yellow Island to become the first commercial salmon farm in Canada to raise 100 per cent organic Pacific Chinook salmon.

Researchers are involved from hatchery to plate, tracking fish through their entire life cycle. Unlike traditional methods which only sample fish at one point, they can see the results of practices introduced at different stages.

More than 70 theses and journal articles have been published from this project to date.

“Our high quality research has resulted in high quality salmon for some of the best restaurants in Vancouver,” said Dixon.

The researchers and Yellow Island will be using the Synergy award money to build a new hatcheries building as part of an expansion of their current research.

Prof. Dixon and the fellow recipients were honoured at an official ceremony at Rideau Hall Monday, February 3rd, hosted by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and the Governor General of Canada, His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston.

To learn more about Yellow Island Aquaculture, Ltd. and their marine research facility please visit