As Canada's Network of Centres of Excellence (NCE) in aquaculture and the only NCE located in Atlantic Canada, AquaNet forms unique partnerships among the aquaculture industry, universities, and government. NCE's are designed to develop the economy and improve the quality of life for Canadians. These nation-wide networks connect excellent research with industrial know-how and practical investment. There are 21 other NCEs in fields such as forestry, robotics, literacy, water, arthritis and vaccine research.
AquaNet was initially funded in 1999 for four years with an annual award of $3.4 million / year. Since then the research programme has grown from 20 projects to the current 41, crossing three research themes. The three research themes of AquaNet are Animal Production, Environmental Integrity and Socio-Economic Aspects.
All activities of the Network are focused on the pursuit of excellence in research. AquaNet will continue to strive to maintain its position as the honest broker of science relating to the myriad issues facing the aquaculture industry, the environment, wildlife, and social and political constructs.
In addition to quality in research, partnership, education and knowledge transfer are three other key components of the NCE programme. In 2002-03, AquaNet research will involve over 60 industry partners, 15 government agencies, and 229 research participants from 23 universities / colleges. By the end of 2003, AquaNet will have contributed $10.2 million into innovative aquaculture research in Canada. During the fall of 2002, AquaNet will undergo Mid-Term Review for a further three years of funding.
AquaNet's Administrative Centre is located at the Ocean Sciences Centre (OSC) of Memorial University in Logy Bay, NF. The OSC is also one of the two Core Facilities of AquaNet where a substantial amount of research is conducted. Researchers at the OSC are currently participating in 10 AquaNet research projects.
AquaNet is now planning its next Annual Research Conference, AquaNet II, on September 14-17, 2002 in Moncton, NB. Following the very successful inaugural conference in Halifax last fall, over 200 AquaNet researchers will gather again to network amongst themselves as well as the aquaculture industry representatives, government policy makers, non-governmental organizations and the media. Negotiations are on-going to partner AquaNet III with the Aquaculture Pacific Exchange and the Aquaculture Association of Canada in 2003 in Victoria, BC.
For more information on AquaNet, please visit our website at www.aquanet.ca or contact us at email@example.com