How to Farm the Seas II
The science, economics, and politics of aquaculture on the West Coast

February 15, 16, 17,  2001 – Sheraton Wall Centre Hotel, Vancouver, B.C.

A joint initiative of the Atlantic Institute for Market Studies (AIMS)
and the Canadian Aquaculture Institute at the Atlantic Veterinary College, UPEI

Review the proceedings of the East Coast conference (How to Farm the Seas)

Why a West Coast version of “How to Farm the Seas”?

While the world aquaculture industry grows by leaps and bounds, in Canada its progress is dogged by environmental controversy, regulatory and jurisdictional confusion and concerns over food safety. 

In How to Farm the Seas II, AIMS and CAI built on the tremendous success of our first conference, held on the East Coast in September 2000. Again we assembled a team of leading national and international experts to clarify both the strengths and weaknesses of aquaculture, and to lay down the basis for a sensible public policy to govern the industry. This time, though, our focus was the Pacific coast.

Who spoke and what did they say?

Keynote speakers

James Anderson, Professor of Natural Resource Science, University of Rhode Island.
Fishing, Farming and Fish Farming: Property Rights and the Growth of Aquaculture (Power Point Presentation)

Ron Kilmury, Nutreco’s Business Unit Manager responsible for aquaculture in North America.  Canadian Aquaculture: The Local Dream, the International Reality

James Muir, Assistant Director and Head of the Aquatic Systems/Environment groups of the Institute of Aquaculture, University of Stirling, Scotland. 
Global aquaculture: a giant in the making

David Murray, Director of Research, Statistical Assessment Service, Washington, D.C.
Hard to Tell: Science, Media, and Public Policy

Brian Rogers, Aquaculture & Business Consultant, Halifax, NS. 
Rational Policy Making in an Irrational World

Wayne Wouters, Deputy Minister, DFO, Ottawa, ON.
Vision for Aquaculture in Canada & Canada’s Future in Aquaculture

Panel members

Yves Bastien, Aquaculture Commissioner for Canada, DFO, Ottawa, ON. 
Public Policy Challenges for Aquaculture

Jason Clay, WWFUS
Aquaculture’s Environmental Footprint: Some Findings Research on Shrimp Aquaculture

Steve Cross, President, Aquametrix, Sidney, B.C.
Aquaculture’s Environmental Footprint: A Management Necessity

John Davis, ADM Science for DFO, Ottawa, ON
Aquacultures’ Environmental “Footprint”

Bill Dewey, Division Manager, Public Affairs & Project Development, Taylor Shellfish.
Danger and Opportunities of Shellfish Aquaculture Nationally and Internationally

Tor-Eddie Fossbakk, Editor, aquaculture Fish Information & Services, Novi. MI 
Media – An opportunity for the aquaculture industry and science

John Fraser, Pacific Fisheries Resource Conservation Council 
Speaking notes

Tor Horsberg, Professor, Norwegian School of Veterinary Medicine, Oslo, Norway.
Food Safety Aspects of Aquaculture Products in Norway.

Laura Jones, Fraser Institute, Vancouver, BC

Richard Leo, Chief, Kyuquot First Nation. 
Speaking notes

Anne McMullin, General Manager, BC Salmon Growers Assoc 
Breaking Down the Barriers

David Rideout, Executive Director of the Canadian Aquaculture Industry Alliance, Ottawa, ON.
A Dynamic, Profitable and Sustainable Aquaculture Industry (Power Point Presentation)

Ruth Salmon, Executive Director, BC Shellfish Growers Assn.  Speaking notes

Richard Schwindt, Economics Dept. and Faculty of Business Administration, SFU 
Speaking notes

Bill Valentine, Deputy Minister, BC Dep’t. of Fisheries

Fred Whoriskey, Atlantic Salmon Federation, St. Andrews, NB
One Organization’s Science-Based Approach to Facing Up to the Environmental Footprint of Aquaculture

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AIMS & CAI gratefully acknowledge the following sponsors of this event: