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SUBJECT: Memorial University’s Marine Institute to Host International Fisheries Researchers
DATE: July 12, 2006

Fishery researchers and scientists from around the world will visit Memorial University’s Marine Institute and the Ocean Science Centre to attend the 7th International Congress on the Biology of Fish, which runs July 18-22 in St. John’s.
The biennial congress, organized by the American Fisheries Society – Physiology Section, attracts 450 delegates from over 30 countries, and provides an opportunity for the scientific and professional community, resource users, and the general public to exchange the latest research on fish physiology processes, tools, and techniques.
The Marine Institute is taking an active role in the congress. In addition to co-hosting the opening ceremonies, executive director Glenn Blackwood and Ocean Science Centre director, Dr. Ian Fleming, will address the congress on Wednesday morning, July 19 at the Fairmont Hotel. Delegates will tour the Marine Institute’s Centre for Aquaculture and Seafood Development (CASD) and the Centre for Sustainable Aquatic Resources (CSAR) later in the day. CSAR director, Dr. Paul Winger, will also co-chair a session on fish capture and discard/release: behavioural and physiological aspects.
This year’s congress is organized in partnership with Memorial University of Newfoundland, Bridges, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (Canada), the Province of Newfoundland and Labradorthe National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

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