Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Brian Dixon and GG David Johnston

Although aquaculture is a big Canadian industry sector, an important question remains: how to best produce quality salmon that are free of antibiotics or other contaminants? Yellow Island Aquaculture Ltd. is interested in increasing the yield and profitability of organic fish farms without impacting the surrounding wildlife. Yesterday, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) announced funding for an interdisciplinary academic team, including our own Dr. Brian Dixon, to partner with Yellow Island Aquaculture Ltd. The goal is to better understand natural disease resistance processes of fish and how to better leverage these processes for organic aquaculture. This NSERC Synergy Award was presented in Ottawa to seven Canadian researchers by Governor General David Johnston, featured above with Brian Dixon. More details and a video describing this research can be found on the NSERC website or Waterloo Biology News.