Preserving the integrity and productivity of aquatic ecosystems.

The transformative power of genomics is helping this important sector enhance production through selective breeding programs. Genomics is also helping to understand infectious diseases and parasites and their relationship between environmental stressors and fish health. It’s enabling better monitoring of wild fish migration and aiding in conservation of fish populations. And it’s helping maintain ecosystem integrity by supporting species survival and genetic variation.

Genomics can be further leveraged in the fisheries and aquaculture sector for more productive and competitive industry growth, while protecting wild stocks and ecosystems. Genomics can provide commercial and non-commercial fisheries and aquaculture with the tools to support strong, competitive growth based on product quality and security, technological soundness, economic viability, environmental integrity and social license.

sector_ico_Fisheries_trans Fisheries/Aquaculture

Climate change is posing a severe challenge to freshwater fish in Canada. Already record high temperatures in rivers and streams during the summer have forced temporary closures of...

sector_ico_Fisheries_trans Fisheries/Aquaculture

Our current knowledge about salmon comes primarily from observation of cultured fish (both in hatcheries and in aquaculture). Consequently, there is a fair understanding of pathoge...

Slide Did you know? The fisheries and aquaculture
sector is an integral part
of the social and economic
fabric of BC.
In fact, BC Makes up 50% of Canada’s national fisheries and
aquaculture production
The sector brings in revenue of $2.2B each year and employees nearly 14,000 British Columbians BC’s recreational fishery provides another 8,400 jobs and contributes revenues of $937M with roughly half of this
derived from tidal fisheries.
Research investments
in fish and aquaculture
genomics to date have
resulted in significant
Disease resistance –
researchers used marker-assisted
selection to develop strains
of Atlantic salmon that are
resistant to infectious
pancreatic necrosis
Population health –
researchers identified the genomic
signature associated with increased
mortality in migrating
Fraser River Sockeye salmon,
which has raised awareness
of the need for more
research on infectious diseases
among wild stocks
Stock management –
researchers developed
a microarray chip to monitor
wild salmon stocks,
which is being used by the
Department of Fisheries and
Oceans and over 70 labs
around the world
Production Efficiency –
producers enjoy a 20 %
reduction in grow-out time for
halibut because of
genomic research results