Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

August 03, 2005 10:19 ET

DFO: Regan to Promote Canadian Leadership in Sustainable Aquaculture at Aqua Nor 2005 in Norway

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Aug. 3, 2005) - Geoff Regan, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, today announced that he will attend the Aqua Nor aquaculture tradeshow in Norway, August 9-11, 2005, and participate in a bilateral meeting with the Norwegian Minister of Fisheries and Coastal Affairs, Svein Ludvigsen.

"I'm pleased to participate in this pre-eminent industry event," said Minister Regan. "As the featured country of this year's Aqua Nor, Canada is proud to showcase its leadership in the production of safe, nutritious and environmentally sustainable farmed fish and seafood."

Aqua Nor is the world's largest international aquaculture tradeshow held biennially in Trondheim, Norway. The Canadian Pavilion at the trade show will include 12 exhibitors representing governments, academic organizations, and industry. The exhibits will feature "state of the science" Canadian expertise, technologies and aquaculture practices.

During the event, six science and technology seminars will be held to discuss fish health, scientific partnerships, alternative feeds, fish genomics, marine finfish hatcheries, and environmental technologies. There will also be a seminar on traditional Aboriginal practices and an international Round Table on Cold Water Aquaculture.

More than 100 Canadian delegates, including 22 First Nations persons and Aboriginal Aquaculture Association representatives, are attending Aqua Nor. Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) has worked in partnership with other government departments and ministries, academic institutions and industry to participate in all of the seminars and related events.

"Canada has a strong scientific presence at Aqua Nor," said Minister Regan. "The science seminars are an excellent venue for our scientists to exchange information and explore collaborative scientific activities to enable this industry to keep its practices on the leading edge of environmental sustainability."

Over the last 25 years, aquaculture has grown to be a key agri-food industry in Canada. The relatively new industry also occupies a significant position in the seafood production sector. In 2003, cultured fish and seafood production were valued at $586 million, comprising approximately one fifth of all Canadian fisheries production. The industry also provided about 6,000 direct jobs in many rural and coastal communities.

Minister Regan will be available to answers questions from Canadian media regarding his participation in various Aqua Nor meetings and events at the following times:

Tuesday, August 9 - 12:15 p.m. Atlantic/11:15 a.m. Eastern/
8:15 a.m. Pacific
Regarding the Minister's meeting with First Nations delegates and
Aboriginal Aquaculture Association representatives.

Wednesday, August 10 - 1:30 p.m. NL/1:00 p.m. Atlantic/12:00 p.m.
Regarding the Minister's bilateral meeting with Svein Ludvigen
focusing on overfishing and international fishing governance, and
aquaculture issues.

Thursday, August 11 - 11 a.m. Atlantic/10 a.m. Eastern/7 a.m.
Regarding international cooperation on cold water aquaculture and
wrap-up of all Aqua Nor activities.

Additional information regarding media call-backs and teleconference numbers will be issued in separate advisories. Official photos of Minister Regan will also be available on the DFO web site at

For more information, such as exhibitor profiles and scheduling information, please visit the Canadian Embassy's Aqua Nor '05 website at

Fisheries and Oceans Canada


Canada is the feature country at Aqua Nor 2005, the world's largest
international aquaculture tradeshow. More than 100 Canadian delegates
are attending this biennial event. The delegation includes
representatives from federal and provincial government departments
and ministries, First Nations, academic institutions, and industry.

In collaboration with its partners, Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO)
will showcase Canada's achievements in sustainable aquaculture at the
Canadian Pavilion and through the participation of the Canadian
delegation at all Aqua Nor events. This partnership includes:

- Aboriginal Aquaculture Association;
- Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency;
- Agriculture and Agri-Foods Canada;
- Aqua Net;
- British Columbia's Ministry of Agriculture and Lands;
- Canadian Embassy in Norway;
- Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture and Fisheries;
- New Brunswick Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Aquaculture;
- Newfoundland and Labrador Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture;
- Newfoundland Aquaculture Industry Association; and
- BC Salmon Farmers Association.

Aqua Nor Trade Show - Canadian Pavilion

The Canadian Pavilion will include 12 exhibitors featuring "state of the science" expertise, technologies and aquaculture practices. In addition to the partners listed above, the Pavilion will included representatives from the National Research Council - Institute for Marine Biosciences, Invest Quebec, PerOs Systems Technologies Inc., Syndel Laboratories Ltd., and Genome British Columbia. Exhibitor profiles are available on the Embassy's Aqua Nor website at

Among the products that DFO will distribute at its booth are two new brochures entitled, "Canada: A Leader in Sustainable Development" and "Canadian Aquaculture Industry -2003-2004". These products feature current aquaculture activities in Canada, and provide the latest aquaculture production and export statistics.

International Round Table on Cold Water Aquaculture

Canada and Norway are co-hosting a full-day round table discussion for senior officials from six nations to discuss practical, coordinated ways to address public concerns regarding aquaculture. This initiative builds on a public confidence effort led by Norwegian Minister of Fisheries and Coastal Affairs, Svein Ludvigsen, in June 2004.

Participating countries are all significant aquaculture nations: Canada, the United States, Norway, Chile, Scotland and Ireland. They have been working together to find practical, coordinated actions to support public confidence in cultured fish and seafood, particularly salmon.

Sound science is the basis of public confidence. In support of the round table on cold water aquaculture, a science workshop will be held one day before to focus on recent developments on contaminant reduction in feed.

Science and Technology Seminars

Six "state of the science" seminars will also be held during the Aqua Nor event. Focusing on priority areas for Canadian aquaculture science, these seminars will feature expertise from government, industry, First Nations, and the scientific community.

The seminars will cover: fish health; scientific partnerships; alternate feeds; fish genomics; marine finfish hatcheries; and, environmental technologies. They will be an opportunity for Canada to highlight its aquaculture expertise and for all participating scientists to learn about the exciting and emerging scientific research, including practical applications to sustainable aquaculture management. This information exchange and emphasis on research partnerships will help Canada stay on the leading edge of sustainable aquaculture.

Canada's First Nations Delegates

In addition to the six science seminars, there will also be one session featuring traditional Aboriginal aquaculture practices. Participants in this session will have an opportunity to learn from the traditional ecological knowledge of Canada's First Nations.

Minister Ludvigsen invited a delegation of Canadian First Nations people to attend Aqua Nor '05. Twenty-two First Nations delegates are included in Canada's delegation.

In partnership with the Province of British Columbia, the British Columbia Salmon Farmers Association, and the Aboriginal Aquaculture Association, DFO has developed a detailed program for Canada's First Nations delegates following Aqua Nor. Two tours will provide these delegates with the opportunity to visit many production and research facilities, as well as to meet various representatives living in coastal communities involved in both the aquaculture and commercial fishing industries.

Contact Information

  • Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Ottawa
    Phil Jenkins
    Media Relations
    (613) 990-7537
    Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Ottawa
    Sujata Raisinghani
    Press Secretary, Office of the Minister
    (613) 992-3474