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Aquaculture Support

The Aquaculture Branch delivers a comprehensive extension services program that includes the provision of environmental monitoring of sites, fish health services, and the development of human and technological resources.

The Aquaculture Branch provides the support services to the Newfoundland and Labrador aquaculture industry:

Extension Services

The Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture provides the following extension services to the aquaculture industry:

  • Environmental Biological Monitoring Program (shellfish & finfish)
  • Aquatic Invasive Species Monitoring
  • Site monitoring and site prospecting
  • Biological support

The Department has three aquaculturists on staff to deliver these services:

Salmonid Aquaculturist
Tel: (709) 538-3718
Shellfish Aquaculturist
Tel: (709) 292-4118

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Fish Health Services

The Aquatic Animal Health Division services both finfish and shellfish species all over the province. The areas of responsibility include:

  • Fish health sampling and monitoring
  • Diagnostics
  • Treatment
  • Emergency services
  • Management planning

The Department has the following staff dedicated toward the delivery of fish health services:

  • Aquaculture veterinarians
  • Laboratory technicians
  • Field technicians

Fish health laboratory facilities are located in St. John's, Grand Falls-Windsor, and St. Alban's.

Contact Information

St. John's
Tel: (709) 729-6872
Fax: (709) 729-1882
St. Alban's
Tel: (709) 538-3768
Fax: (709) 538-3697

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Industry Development

The Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture provides support to assist in the development of the aquaculture industry:

  • License process assistance
  • Industry point of contact
  • Business planning and technological support

The Department has three aquaculture development officers dedicated to industry support:

South Region
Tel: (709) 538-3705
Western/Labrador Region
Tel: (709) 637-2960

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