2019 SeaFarmer’s Conference Program

Sea Farmers Conference Workshop

Wednesday, January 23, 2019


8:00 Registration (Workshop & Conference)

9:00-12:00 Are You Ready (Sponsored By The Fisheries Safety Association of Nova Scotia)

Our in-depth presentation and demonstrations will provide guests with a working knowledge on the use of PFD’s & various types available, the risk of drowning and resources to help comply with federal Transport Canada Regulations (Fishing Vessel Safety Regulations). Beyond this we will also incorporate a life raft demonstration and the use of immersion suits – with group participation. Participants will receive a certificate of completion the day of the workshop.

8:55-9:05 Welcome and  Introductions

9:05-9:35 Worker’s Compensation Board of NS (Industry Trends/Return to work/Rates)

9:35-10:00 Transport Canada on regulatory requirements

10-10:10 Nutritional Break

10:10-10:30 Department of Labour and Advanced Education on regulatory requirements

10:30-12:00 Are You Ready Program hosted by FSANS & NSFSC

12:00-1:30 Lunch (On Your Own)

1:30-3:30 Farm Management Plan Development Workshop

Aquaculture operators, owners, managers and persons responsible for completing and maintaining the Farm Management Plan for aquaculture sites in Nova Scotia are invited to attend a workshop aimed at looking at experiences to date as well as intended changes or additions to the plans.  The Department hopes to use feedback from this session to guide future development of the FMP and its templates to improve usability. The workshop is targeted to all aquaculturists, including marine finfish, shellfish and land-based sectors.


6:30-9:30 – President’s Reception
(Bluenose Room, 8th floor, Sponsored by The Cove & Genome Atlantic)


Sea Farmers Conference & Trade Show

Thursday, January 24th, 2019


8:30-8:45 Opening remarks: 
Tom Smith, Executive Director (AANS)

8:45-9:00 Nova Scotia Provincial Opening Remarks:
Hon. Keith Colwell, Minister
(Nova Scotia Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture)

Immediately following the opening remarks by the Hon. Keith Colwell there will be a special presentation honouring members of the aquaculture industry who have passed away in the past year.

9:00-9:30 Dept. of Fisheries and Oceans remarks: 
Timothy Sargent, Deputy Minister
Fisheries and Oceans Canada

9:30-10:00 Keynote Address:
Jean-Paul Deveau, President & Chief Executive Officer
Acadian Seaplants Ltd.

10:00-10:15 Q&A period

10:15-10:45 Coffee & Networking Break

10:45-11:00 Student 1: AANS Student Scholarship
Stephen Finnis (Using macroinvertebrates to evaluate ecosystem-level benthic effects of finfish aquaculture in coastal Nova Scotia)

11:00-11:30 Canadian Aquaculture Industry Update:
Tim Kennedy, Chief Executive Officer
Canadian Aquaculture Industry Alliance

11:30-12:15 Nova Scotia Aquaculture: Open For Business

  • Nova Scotia Provincial Update – Bruce Hancock, Director, Nova Scotia Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture
  • Nova Scotia Aquaculture Economic Impact (CMAR Study) – Dr. Mike Foster, President, Canmac Economics Limited
  • AANS Community Engagement “Scoping Project update” Ken Donnelly, President, Beyond Attitude Ltd.

12:15-1:00 Lunch & Networking

1:00-1:45 Luncheon Presentation: Challenges of a Stagnant Economy Don Mills, Founder and Chairman
Corporate Research Associates Ltd.

1:45-2:00 Q&A period

2:00-2:15 Student 2: AANS Student Scholarship
Minmin Wei (Replacing Fish Oil With Microalgae Oil In Salmon Feed)

2:15-2:45 Coffee & Networking Break

2:45-3:30 Aquaculture Industry – Expanding Opportunities in Aquaculture

  • Tim Kennedy, Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Aquaculture Industry alliance (CAIA) (Facilitator)
  • Cooke Aquaculture
  • David Kelly, Chief Executive Officer/Chief Technical Officer, InnovaSea Systems
  • Bryan Bosien, Sales and Customer Support Manager, AKVA Group

3:30-3:45 Q&A – panel discussion

3:45-4:00 Student 3: AANS Student Scholarship
Caitlin Stockwell (Determining The Effects of Oxygen Supplementation on Cultured Salmon Behaviour Using Acoustic Telemetry)

4:00-4:45 First Nations – Expanding Opportunities in Nova Scotia Aquaculture

  • Chief Terry Paul, Membertou First Nation (Facilitator)
  • Chief Carol D Potter, Bear River First Nation
  • Chief Rod Googoo, We’koqma’q First Nation
  • Tom Johnson, Executive Director, Eskasoni Fish and Wildlife Commission

4:45-5:00 Q&A – Panel Discussion

5:00-5:15 Wrap up
Tom Smith, Executive Director (AANS)


5:15-7:15 Moules et Frites Reception & Student Poster Session
(Bluenose Room, 8th floor, Sponsored by: Bounty Bay Shellfish & Innovasea)   


Sea Farmers Conference Research & Development Forum

Friday, January 25th, 2019


8:00-8:30 Coffee Break

8:30-8:40 Opening Remarks & AANS Student Scholarship Awards Presentation
Tom Smith

8:40-9:00 AANS 2018 R&D Priorities and Initiatives
Dr. Isabelle Tremblay

9:00-10:15 Sea Farmers 2018 R&D Projects

  • Dynamic Systems Analysis Ltd. – A.J. Baron, Project Engineer, Assessing Wave and Current Conditions for Finfish Containment System Engineering in NS
  • AANS – Dr. Isabelle Tremblay, R&R Coordinator, Industry Driven Vp Sentinel Monitoring Project.
  • Verschuren Centre/Cape Breton University – Rod Beresford, Assistant Professor, Assessing the Impact of Environmental Conditions as a Disease Mitigation Strategy for Cultivating Oysters in an MSX Positive Environment.
  • CGQ/AANS – Dr. Kim Huong Hoang, Remote Sensing Researcher & Dr. Isabelle Tremblay Monitoring sustainability of shellfish farms in NS based on high spatial resolution satellite imagery.
  • St FX University – Dr. Russell Wyeth, Associate Professor Developing Novel Antifouling Technologies for Nova Scotia Aquaculture

10:15-10:45 Coffee and Networking Break

10:45-11:00 2019 AANS R&D Priorities
Dr. Isabelle Tremblay

11:00-11:15 2019 NSDFA R&D Priorities
Nathaniel Feindel

11:15-12:15 Opportunities in R&D: Where are they and how to leverage them

  • FACTAP – Daniel Lapierre
  • IORE/COVE – Jim Hanlon
  • OFI – Wendy Watson-Wright
  • Ocean Supercluster – Susan Hunt

12:15-12:30  Q&A Panel Session

12:30- 12:35 Wrap up
Tom Smith

1:30-3:00 AANS AGM (members only)

6:00-8:00 Sip n’ Shuck
(Hotel Halifax, all 8th floor, Presented by: Taste of Nova Scotia, Hotel Halifax & Aquaculture Association of Nova Scotia)

Prepare your taste buds for a Nova Scotia kitchen party at the Delta Halifax on January 25th, 2019. Sip n’ Shuck is an evening featuring Nova Scotia aquaculture products prepared in standard, not so standard, and unimaginably delicious ways. In addition to seafood, award-wining Nova Scotia wines, craft beers and spirits will be served. Sip n’ Shuck your way through one of the most memorable culinary events in Nova Scotia. A Tasting extravaganza brought to you by Taste Nova Scotia, The Hotel Halifax, and Aquaculture Association of Nova Scotia. Oysters + Wine = The perfect party! 

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