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This flagship series brings together Parliamentarians with experts in science and engineering, showcasing outstanding Canadian research accomplishments. Its purpose is to provide unbiased insight into topical scientific issues, within a non-partisan forum. This prestigious forum represents a unique opportunity for scientists to communicate important findings to a distinguished and influential audience.

The series is organized by PAGSE, an umbrella group of 25 + science and engineering organizations operating under the auspices of the Royal Society, and is supported by NSERC.

Towards a More Sustainable and Diversified Aquaculture


Thierry Chopin, University of New Brunswick

Fulfilling aquaculture’s growth potential requires responsible technologies and practices. Sustainable aquaculture must be ecologically efficient, environmentally benign, provide diversified products, and be both profitable and societally beneficial. Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture (IMTA) combines farmed fish with species of seaweeds and invertebrates in such a way that the by-products (including wastes and nutrients) from one species become inputs (fertilizers and food) for another. Not only does IMTA provide farmers with opportunities to diversify and grow other crops, but it also provides services to the ecosystem. Dr. Chopin will discuss how the IMTA model, and its integrated ecosystem approach to aquaculture, should become an integral part of Canada’s coastal regulatory and management policy frameworks.

Thierry Chopin was born and educated in France. He obtained his Doctorate from the University of Western Brittany, Brest, France. He moved to Canada in 1989 and is presently Professor of Marine Biology at the University of New Brunswick in Saint John. Dr. Chopin is also Honorary Consul of France and Chevalier in the Ordre des Palmes Académiques. His research focuses on the ecophysiology and biochemistry of seaweeds of commercial value and the development of Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture. Dr. Chopin is the Scientific Director of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Canadian Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture Network (CIMTAN).

Organized by: The Partnership Group for Science and Engineering (PAGSE)

Sponsored by:

--the Speaker of the Senate
--the Speaker of the House of Commons
--Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)

Date: Thursday October 25, 2012, 7:30 am - 8:45 am
Location: Government Conference Centre, Colonel By entrance
Cost: No charge to Members of the House of Commons, Senators and Media. All others $25
Registration: Please register by contacting Donna Boag, PAGSE 613-991-6369,
Registration Deadline: Monday October 22, 2012