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Community Research Needs: Aquaculture

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One of the central purposes of the Clayoquot Alliance is to promote academic research that responds to community needs and concerns. With this intent in mind, Senior Research Associate Barb Beasley has compiled a list of community research needs related to aquaculture, community health, marine resources, and tourism, each identified collaboratively through a number of interviews, meetings and community events. These included:

Our acknowledgements and thanks go to all involved. Questions, comments and additions to this list are welcomed.

Aquaculture Community health Marine resources Tourism
Themes Relevant Disciplines Research Questions
Alternative Technologies Applied Science R&D How can we improve the methods and efficiency of shellfish growing with better equipment?
How effective are alternative finfish aquaculture technologies such as closed containment systems?
Behavioural Ecology How do we control shellfish predators (stars, green crabs, birds) in an ecologically sensitive way?
Coastal Zone Planning Geography, Resource Management How can aquaculture sites be located using an ecosystem-based planning approach? How would it compare to a conventional approach?
Environmental Monitoring Environmental Sciences, Earth & Ocean Sciences What are the sources of Cd that accumulate in shellfish and how is Cd distributed geographically? How does Cd uptake differ with depth? How does Cd uptake differ with age of oyster/clam?
Environmental & Resource Management How do we develop a comprehensive environmental monitoring program that includes examining the interactions of aquaculture among other factors?
How does finfish aquaculture affect the distribution of sea lice in wild fish stocks?
Earth & Ocean Sciences; Environmental & Resource Management; Environmental Sciences Review sampling methods for fecal choliform contamination to determine whether they are valid for determining risk.
Environmental Management What happens to oyster feces in the environment?
Governance and policy making Environmental Management, Political Science; Public Administration How do different approaches influence policy making in aquaculture - contrast adversarial and cooperative approaches. Do corporations co-opt cooperative approaches? Is adversarial pressure necessary to create incentive for companies to negotiate?
Public Administration What went right and what went wrong around the protocol agreement between Mainstream salmon aquaculture company and the Ahousaht First Nations? An analysis of the protocol agreement would help determine mistakes to avoid and positive aspects to incorporate into future joint ventures.
Business; Sociology What are the reasons behind negative perceptions about aquaculture? Is it because of the focus on atlantic salmon aquaculture? Is it because aquaculture is relatively new? How broad a reach does the anti-fish farming campaign have? Does it affect public perception of shellfish aquaculture?
Public perception, marketing, certification Resource and Environmental Management; Business Investigate whether BC farmed shellfish and wild harvested products could qualify for Marine Stewardship Council certification.
Business strategy Business How do companies or operators deal with public issues, such as the issues around salmon farming?
Social change from wild harvest to aquaculture Resource and Environmental Management What are the interactions between beach aquaculture and the wild clam fishery? Is the development of aquaculture causing a transfer of wealth from local communities to individuals who can afford the capital costs of installing aquaculture systems? Traditional harvest areas are being displaced by aquaculture in Clayoquot Sound. What are the costs and benefits of each? This is seen as timely because aquaculture is shifting from deep water to beach seeding which displaces wild harvesters.
Cadmium health risks Epidemiology; Environmental Science What are the health risks of ingesting Cadmium in shellfish diets to coastal communities? How do the health risks vary with respect to gender, age, other health risks such as diabetes, etc.? What are the “safe limits” over the long term?
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