Hello, members and friends!
The past few months have been exciting, haven't they? Between the R&D Priority Setting, the Seafarmers Conference Digital Sessions, the AGM, and several new development projects, the Association has been very busy for the past few months! But don't worry - we'll catch you up on all the latest updates below. Keep reading!
AANS Annual General Meeting
The AANS held our annual meeting on March 3rd, 2021. The busy agenda highlighted current developments and opportunities for growing the aquaculture industry here in Nova Scotia. Nova Scotia Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister Keith Colwell provided an address from the province highlighting Nova Scotia's commitment to steady and sustainable growth for the aquaculture sector going forward. 

Minister Colwell, along with AANS President Scott Samson, presented the 2021 recipients of the AANS industry awards. 
The Aquaculture Association of Nova Scotia Membership elected the new slate of directors for the AANS. We would like to acknowledge the executive committee and board members of 2021;
  • [President] Scott Samson- Louisburg Seafoods/Cape Breton Bivalve Inc.
  • [Vice-President] Jeff Nickerson- Cooke Aquaculture/Kelly Cove Salmon Ltd.
  • [Treasurer] Doug Bertram- Innovative Seafood Products Inc.
  • [Secretary] Donald Davis- We'koqma'q Fisheries
  • [Past President] Nolan d’Eon- D’Eon Oyster Company Ltd.
  • Dave MacNeil - Gypsum Cove Oysters
  • Jacob Dockendorff - Purewater Mussel Farm Inc.
  • Jesse Fortune- Bill and Stanley Oyster Company Ltd.
  • Leah Lewis-McCrea- Center for Marine Applied Research 
  • Melissa Rommens- Sustain Aqua
  • Peter Sykes -Halsa Aquaculture Research Services
  • Raymond d’Entremont - Grand Pass Oysters
  • Rod Beresford - Lochmore Oyster Farm
We would also like to extend our thanks to our returning science advisors;
  • Scott Jeffrey (Dalhousie University)
  • Stefanie Colombo (Dalhousie University)  
Aquaculture on the Move
The Nova Scotia Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture recently released a series of five informational and promotional videos on aquaculture developments here in the province of Nova Scotia. You can view them by following the links below;

Aquaculture and… (Menu Page)
Aquaculture Review Board Schedule
The Nova Scotia Aquaculture Review Board will be opening their doors to new applications for new lease sites and expansions. Those interested in learning more about the review board should visit their website at

You can also click the picture below for a full overview of the review board's process.
Catch Some Great Talent!
Hire a Dalhousie University co-op student. Year-round availability.
Genome Atlantic's Complex Gill Health Initiative
Salmon aquaculture has been a catalyst for reviving Nova Scotia’s rural and coastal communities, creating hundreds of jobs and adding many millions of dollars in value to the provincial economy.  Supporting this vital industry is important to Genome Atlantic and over the years we have aligned with local industry, government and researchers to address many of the industry’s challenges while improving its sustainability.
This month the Government of Canada announced research support for yet another Genome Atlantic aquaculture initiative - a $4.7 Million Complex Gill Health Initiative that will focus on Complex Gill Disease (CGD), a growing health challenge for salmon farming operations in both the Pacific and North Atlantic.  This project, co-led by Genome Atlantic and Genome BC, will validate biomarkers of healthy and compromised gills of Atlantic salmon and use these to develop an early warning system for the development of gill disease on Atlantic salmon production sites across Canada. The resulting genomics-enabled tools for fish health will guide the management and intervention strategies for complex gill disease in Atlantic salmon.
We congratulate the coast-to-coast research team and acknowledge the generous support of project funders the Government of Canada through Genome Canada, the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Genome BC, BC Salmon Farmers Association, Mitacs Canada, Memorial University, the University of Prince Edward Island, and industry partners Cermaq Canada, Grieg Seafood, and Cargill. 
RAP Technologies Contest
Seafarmers & Ministers Digital Series
The Digital Series has been coming along wonderfully! The presentations that have been conducted so far have seen attendance numbers well into the hundreds, and have received positive feedback from those participating. If you're interested in reviewing the presentations from previous sessions, you can view them in the Seafarmers Media & Event Archive.

But the Digital Series isn't over yet! There's still much, much more to come - four events, in fact, all completely free of charge! Please review the upcoming topics and consider dropping in if the timing works for you.
  • Planning for Climate Change
    Thursday, April 1, 2021 - Noon to 1:30 PM (AST)
  • Marine Debris: Options to Address an Evolving Issue
    Thursday, April 8, 2021 - Noon to 1:30 PM (AST)
  • Improving Quality and Best Practices in the Live Lobster Industry
    Thursday, April 15, 2021 - Noon to 1:30 PM (AST)
For more information, or to sign up to attend one of these sessions, please visit the official website linked below.
Digital Series Website
Aquaculture to Restore Wild Salmon Stocks
"In the first major change in salmon management in half a century, state and federal fisheries agencies [in Maine], in partnership with the Penobscot Nation, are about to begin a new experiment—one that is expected to succeed where others have failed, and hopefully bring wild salmon back to these rivers."

In a wonderful bit of global news, our very own Cooke Aquaculture will be playing a big part to restore the wild salmon population in the Penobscot River. You can read up on how they're going to do it by following the link below.
Read the Full Article
Canadian Aquaculture Industry Alliance
Letter to Prime Minister Trudeau
The Canadian Aquaculture Industry Alliance recently released an open letter to The Right Honorable Justin Trudeau, PC, MP. This letter details aquaculture's importance as a key industry to the nation's economic recovery from COVID-19, and contests the damage done through the closing of the Discovery Island salmon farms.

You can read the full letter by following the link below. 
View Letter Here
N.B. Minister Reads "The Farm on the Sea"
A wonderful reading by the NB Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries Minister Margaret Johnson, to celebrate Canadian Agriculture Literacy Month (CALM).
Local Seafood Recipe 
Have you ever checked out Alain Bosse's cookbook, Mussels? It was released this month 7 years ago, back in 2014. This recipe is one of the many delectable Nova Scotia dishes contained within it - we highly recommend it to anyone looking to diversify the shellfish dishes they're enjoying!

Double-Smoked Bacon Tarragon Mussels

You'll need:
  • 5 lbs mussels 
  • 1/3 cup diced double smoked bacon 
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped shallots
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh tarragon
  • ¼ cup white wine
  • ½ cup cream (35%)
  • ½ cup arugula
  1. Rinse the mussels under running fresh water. Throw away any that do not close.
  2. Sauté the bacon and shallots in a large pot over medium heat, stirring continuously. As soon as the bacon and shallots begin to caramelize, add the tarragon and stir until fragrant.
  3. Deglaze the pan with the white wine. Add the mussels and mix. Cover the pot, turn the heat to high and steam for 5 to 6 minutes or until steam is pouring out from under the lid.
  4. Using a slotted spoon, remove the mussels from the pot, cover to keep warm, and set aside.
  5. Add the cream to the broth and reduce by one quarter.
  6. Spoon the mussels into 4 bowls and pour the sauce overtop. Garnish with arugula.
  7. Serve with your favourite bread for dipping.
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